8th Latino Taste Festival Is Oct. 9 In Dalton

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Coalition of Latino Leaders will hold its eighth Latino Taste Festival on Sunday, Oct. 9, in downtown Dalton. There will be traditional authentic Latino food from different regions of México, and other countries like Puerto Rico, Colombia, Perú, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and more.

The venue will be located at Burr Park, at the corner of Hamilton Street and Crawford Street. Vendors will be at the former parking deck next to Dalton Depot.

Last year, about 5,000 people attended the event. 

Latino food vendors from the community will start serving at noon and they will continue until 7 p.m., while visitors can enjoy traditional music and dances performed by groups from different Latin American countries and regions. There will be a dancing group representing Peru, Guatemala, Aztec dancers, CLILA's Mexican Children Folk Dance Group, now the Adult Group, a mariachi group, and a band, as well as other groups coming from Atlanta.

The Festival is a result of a true community effort, with regular people –moms, grandmas, men and youth who are cooking and showcasing delicious dishes from their hometown, and many passionate volunteers.

Officials said Dalton is a diverse city, where a vibrant Latino population thrives and contributes in many aspects to the fabric of the city. Most Latinos in Dalton are from Mexico (about 85 percent), but there are many other countries represented, such as Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela, Perú, Uruguay and many more. Even though they all Latinos, they are very diverse too from country to country. And even within each country, there are many different regions and traditions. 

The Eighth Latino Taste Festival will celebrate the Latino colorful authentic food, music and dances, so visitors can taste savory dishes, or sweet, or tangy, or creamy, or spicy, or mild.

Food vendors include Mexican plates, from the traditional tacos, as well as pozole –a náhuatl word for hominy- a traditional pre-Spaniards colonization soup or stew, and the traditional tamales,
enchiladas, mole -- typically contains a mixture of chiles, nuts, seeds, and unsweetened chocolate,
tomatoes, raisins and various spices.

From Venezuela will be traditional arepas --a flatbread made of ground maize dough or cooked flour served with various garnishments.

From Perú will be anticuchos, an ancient delicacy that includes grilled meat garnished with potatoes. 

Besides many other delicious foods, Pupusas will be sold at the Festival too, a traditional food from El Salvador, made from finely ground wheat or corn flour. Also El Salvador will present an exotic dish made from yucca (a root).

Performances include Pre-Spaniards music with Aztec dancers, to folk dances from different periods and regions of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Perú, Colombia and Uruguay.

For more information visit https://fb.me/e/2PnWuccF4.

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