Mary­land Latino Festival re­turns to Ti­mo­nium Fair­grounds

Mary­land Latino Festival re­turns to Ti­mo­nium Fair­grounds

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: LISA HAR­LOW

Look­ing for some­thing to spice up your week­end? The Mary­land Latino Festival re­turns to the Mary­land State Fair­grounds in Ti­mo­nium this Sun­day, Au­gust 5 from 10 am to 9 pm.

Fea­tur­ing a full day of mu­sic, food, and fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily, the 7th an­nual Latino Festival also of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity to con­nect to in­for­ma­tion from state and county agen­cies and lo­cal busi­nesses, such as health and well­ness re­sources and job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Last year, the event hosted more than 17,000 at­ten­dees.

“If you’ve never been to the Latino Festival be­fore, you’ll be wel­comed by great mu­sic and the smells of so many won­der­ful foods,” said Julio Cer­vantes, spokesper­son for the festival. “My favorite part of the festival is see­ing lit­er­ally an ocean of peo­ple en­joy­ing the Latin Amer­i­can cul­ture and be­ing re­minded of back home food and mu­sic.”

More than 14 dif­fer­ent food ven­dors will of­fer Latin Amer­i­can fare such as street style corn, tacos, plenty of fruits and veg­eta­bles such as dec­o­rated mango and cu­cum­ber, car­ni­tas (sea­soned pork with pineap­ple) and the tra­di­tional Mex­i­can tepache drink, fer­mented pineap­ple with a sweet and spicy chili rim. Ven­dors will rep­re­sent the fla­vors of Ecuador, Mex­ico, El Sal­vador, Puerto Rico, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and more.

Mu­si­cians and lo­cal DJs will be pre­form­ing on stage through­out the festival. Two na­tional acts of note in­clude Do­mini­can bachata singer Zacarias Fer­reira and Jon Cam­pos & The In­cur­ables, an al­ter­na­tive rock band from San Diego.

Sponsored by Heinken and McDonald’s and pro­duced by Luis Con­tr­eras of East Coast Au­to­mo­tive in Es­sex and Jose Lazo of Lazo Land­scap­ing in Mid­dle River, this fam­ily-ori­ented event will in­clude more than 80 ar­ti­sanal craft, cul­tural and folk­loric ven­dors based lo­cally and from Chicago, Florida, Vir­ginia, North Carolina and more. Chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes a clown on stage and a kids’ area fea­tur- ing a me­chan­i­cal bull, moon bounce and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to pro­mot­ers, the Latino Festival cel­e­brates the di­ver­sity of His­panic/Latino cul­ture in our state and hon­ors the com­mon threads that bind to­gether all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in a shared sense of des­tiny and op­ti­mism.

The festival rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of fos­ter­ing good will and civic par­tic­i­pa­tion, so the event fea­tures vot­ing reg­is­tra­tion; po­lice, fire, and health de­part­ment com­mu­nity out­reach; and award pre­sen­ta­tions to a wor­thy non­profit or char­ter school as well as a se­lect cit­i­zen or politi­cian for unique con­tri­bu­tions to Latino cul­ture and com­mu­ni­ties.

Cen­tro Sol Johns Hopkins, whose mis­sion is to pro­mote eq­uity in health and op­por­tu­nity for Lati­nos by ad­vanc­ing clin­i­cal care, re­search, ed­u­ca­tion, and ad­vo­cacy at Johns Hopkins and be­yond in ac­tive partnership with Latino neigh­bors, will be on hand to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on health re­sources.

This year, the Latino Festival is also part­ner­ing with the Heal­ing Hands Foun­da­tion, an all-vol­un­teer, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing high qual­ity health care to pa­tients in Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries lack­ing med­i­cal re­sources and sur­gi­cal ex­per­tise. Vol­un­teers from Heal­ing Hands will be at the festival to show­case their work and ac­cept do­na­tions. A por­tion of ticket sales will also be do­nated to Heal­ing Hands.

“This is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for non-Latino folks to come out, get their dance on, sam­ple great food, and work on their Span­ish a lit­tle bit,” said Cer­vantes.

“As my co­worker says, it’s a trip to Latin Amer­ica with­out the pass­port.” 7th An­nual Mary­land Latino Festival

Sun­day, Au­gust 5 from 10 am to 9 pm.

Mary­land State Fair­grounds in Ti­mo­nium

2200 York Road Ti­mo­nium MD 21093 Ad­mis­sion: $15 for adults Chil­dren un­der 10 years old free.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://ti­m­o­ni­um­fest.com.

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