FLEMINGTON, NJ - Salsa Night 2018 is this Saturday. Salsa Bands, dance contests, food from around the world, a Beer and Wine Garden and vendors come together for one of the most exciting festivals in the Central Jersey area.

Located rain or shine on Main Street in Flemington, NJ, the festival is Saturday, July 21, from 4 to 10 p.m. Two live Latino bands, Swing Combo and Son 7, provide the music this year and Elvis Ruis of the Alma Montuno Dance Studio will instruct attendees on the art of Salsa dancing. Fun for all ages, Salsa Night boasts an amazing array of entertainment, shopping, music and dancing to benefit Hunterdon Helpline and its Hunterdon Hispanos Division.

 “Salsa Night is becoming one of the largest events in the Central Jersey Area,’ said Helpline Executive Director, Susan Lax. “It has grown from its inception at Uncle Pete’s Restaurant to a huge street party comprising both Main Street businesses and out-of-town vendors and food trucks. While the basic theme is Latino, it’s more like the ingredients of salsa all coming together for one fantastic dish.”

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The variety of food, according to Lax, starts with Latin cuisine and moves on to Italian, American and Asian while “sweet teeth” will hasten to the variety of desserts from Ice cream to Maddelena’s Cheesecake treats. Lax said every one’s palette and culinary style will be met. “If you are not a Food Truck fan,” she said, “many Main Street restaurants will be open and even white linen tables and service provided by 55 Main chef, Jonas Gold, will add to the street ambiance. And we are always happy for our local restaurateurs, Viva Mexico and Mi Rosita, to be back.” Fantastic Thai Cuisine, Eat My Balls, and the Carnivale Donut Bar are among the new out-of-town food vendors coming, along with regulars such as La Braza and Senor Street Corn.

Dancing in front of Hunterdon County’s Historic Courthouse will be to the beat of bands, Swing Combo and Son 7 and the fabulous spin of DJ Ken Mandoli of ShopRite, the event’s signature Sponsor and provider of free goodies. The Entertainment Sponsor, Unilever, will also be on hand with giveaways.  The best Sangria around, Lax said, will be sold by Jake's Restaurant, the Beer and Wine Garden sponsor.

Kids will have an opportunity to shop as well as adults with a variety of kid-based vendors  and activities, including face painting. Jewelry, clothes, and household items are part of the line-up as well. Lax said many retail vendors are back again this year, such as Funhouse Productions and A Taste of Turkey, but new vendors are on the lineup as well, such as Mii Banner USA and Monster Bows and Accessories.

Salsa Night T-shirts will be on sale and Helpline’s annual 50-50 raffle will be held to support the free services of this 49-year old organization providing free services to those in need 24-7, 365 days a year. In addition to the call center, Helpline offers other free programs such as Literacy Services, Workconnectivity and senior services:Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visitor.

Lax thanked the other sponsors as well for making this festival grow every year: Unity Bank, Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Flemington Car and Truck County, Hunterdon Healthcare Systems, Power Remodeling, Flemington Community Partnership, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and SHOUT Printing and Marketing Solutions.

The event is free and will go on, rain or shine. For more information, call Hunterdon Helpline at 908-782-4357.