Sun and Salsa Festival

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Sun and Salsa Festival
Kensington during the 2004 Sun and Salsa Festiva
Genre Food festival, fundraising
Dates Mid July
Location(s) Kensington, Calgary
Sun and Salsa

The Sun and Salsa Festival is an annual festival put on in the Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) of Calgary, Alberta.[1][2][3][4][5] It takes place along 10 Street and Kensington Road, which both have parts closed off to traffic.[1] Attendance of the festival has grown to around 100,000 in 2010.[6]


The festival features a competition for the best Salsa, Best Presentation Salsa & Most Creative Salsa.[1][3] It has a variety of merchant booths (food and merchandise). It includes a fashion show to showcase the area's fashion retailers. As well it includes various entertainment, such as musical acts and dancing, on multiple stages. The festival serves as a fundraiser for its charities, which as of 2010, are the Brenda Strafford Centre and Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids.[7]

Miss Sun and Salsa Pageant[edit]

The winning trio at the 2008 Miss Sun and Salsa Pageant (left to right): Sun Princess Nicole Tomas, Miss Sun and Salsa Hannah Coskey, and Salsa Princess Kelsi Vescarelli

From 2005 to 2011 the festival featured the Miss Sun and Salsa Pageant. Each year, it selects a "Miss Sun and Salsa", "Sun Princess" and "Salsa Princess" to promote the Kensington community and the festival. They represented the festival around the year, inside and outside of Calgary.

Miss Sun and Salsa Pageant winners[edit]

Year Miss Sun and Salsa
Sun Princess
(2nd place)
Salsa Princess
(3rd place)
2005 Dallas Wylie n/a n/a
2006 Bebeci Chen Stacey Roy Kristin Quinn
2007 Adwoa Yamoah Jessica Tsang Veronica Millan
2008 Hannah Coskey Nicole Tomas Kelsi Vescarelli
2009 Ashlea Moor Laura James Kelli Flemmer
2010 Casar Jacobson Ivana V. Samantha P.
2011 Samantha Jessica B. Alyssa H.

note: The "Sun Princess" and "Salsa Princess" titles started in 2006


  1. ^ a b c White, Tarina (2008-07-21). "Smokin' salsa social". Calgary Sun. Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  2. ^ White, Tarina (2008-07-20). "Sun and Salsa suits Calgarians just fine". Calgary Sun. Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  3. ^ a b Sylvester, Krista (2008-07-21). "Sun and Salsa serves up spicy Sunday". Metro News (Calgary). Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  4. ^ Dormer, Dave (2008-07-20). "Sun-sational salsa adds spice to city". Calgary Sun. Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Kensington Heats Up With Sun and Salsa". Kensington BRZ. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  6. ^ Dormer, Dave (2010-07-25). "Street fest hot, hot, hot". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Official Sun and Salsa Festival website". Kensington BRZ. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 

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