RUSKIN — The Good Samaritan Mission is hosting the spiciest party in town Saturday: the 2014 Family Salsa Festival.
Proceeds from the daylong event will support Ruskin’s Good Samaritan Mission’s efforts to enhance the spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical well-being of farmworkers and others living in poverty throughout the community.
It will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the mission, 14920 Balm Wimauma Road, Wimauma.
The Salsa Recipe Contest, with mild, hot, bean and fruit categories, begins at 1 p.m. Visitors can sample each amateur and professional entry and help select the People’s Choice Award winner.
The event feature more than 50 vendors, including local businesses, crafts and area nonprofit groups and government agencies offering information about services they provide locally.
“With tours of our facility, we hope to increase understanding of Good Samaritan Mission and build relationships within the community,” said office manager Jennifer Daly.
The mission anticipates $200,000 in expenses for 2014, and the festival is its largest fundraiser.
Attendance at the festival is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle; motorcycles park free.
For information, see www.familysaalsafestival.com or call the mission at (813) 634-7136.