“We’ve invited Mexican food restaurants in Simi Valley for the salsa-tasting contest, which is open to the public, with awards for the best salsa and hottest salsa,” Hoover said. “Last year we had over 500 people attending, and this year think we will attract 1,000 people.” The event is free and open to the public. There will be drawings with gifts offered by local businesses. Last year, the prizes included 39 gift baskets and a diamond ring. The restaurants are given tables to market their restaurants and offer their salsa, Driver said. “It’s a fun event, and it’s all for charity,” she said. “The Town Center has been wonderful on supporting us.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – The second annual Cinco de Mayo Salsa Festival is scheduled for May 5 at the Simi Valley Town Center, featuring a salsa-tasting contest and mariachi music. “It’s an important cultural festival and it also supports juvenile diabetes research, which is very important,” said Ray Cruz, executive director of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. The festival is being sponsored by the Simi Valley (Noontime) Rotary Club. Cheryl Hoover and her mother, Jody Driver, are organizing the event, which is scheduled to run from noon to 4 p.m. in the Simi Valley Town Center Community Room above the mall’s center court.