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Taste of Latin America

Taste of Latin America

Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 1-2
Time: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm Daily
Location: 3600 to 3828 W Armitage, from Central Park Ave to Avers St., Chicago
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This culinary happening, now in its third year and supported by Chicago Alderman Roberto Maldonado, is a gala weekend celebration of all things Central and South American. Eclectic (and exotic) cuisine& live music& arts & crafts& cooking demonstrations and much more are part of this festival's mix that showcases a rich multi-country heritage and Latin culture.

Foodies and non-foodies alike will have the unique opportunity to discover and sample eclectic delights from the Southern Hemisphere. From fish panades and empanadas to Brazilian sausage and fried plantains, visitors have the culinary experience of a lifetime.

2015 Featured Restaurants
  • Cemitas Puebla: Mexico (817 West Fulton Market): Formerly on North Avenue and now at its new location in River West, this family-owned restaurant is known for some of the best Mexican sandwiches (cemitas) in town. Selling chalupas and their signature milanesa plate (shredded pork with chipotle sauce).
  • La Bomba: Mexico (3221 W Armitage Ave): This casual neighborhood restaurant is popular with food lovers for its authentic Puerto Rican dishes. Selling tamales, roast pork and sausage with rice dishes.
  • La Palma Puerto Rican Restaurant: Puerto Rican (1340 N Homan Ave): This Humboldt Park eatery serves up some of the best "comidas criollas," an endearing term that local Puerto Ricans call their cuisine. From meats and sandwiches to soups and sides, La Palma is a neighborhood fave. Selling arroz con gandules (rice, pigeon peas and pork), and papas rellenas (fried stuffed potatoes).
  • Mekato's Colombian Bakery: Colombian (5423 N. Lincoln Ave): Located on Lincoln Avenue just north of Foster, when it comes to sweets, nobody does it better. From empanadas and churros to pastries galore, their variety of authentic South American baked goods and more are second to none.
  • Sabor Latino: Puerto Rican/Dominican (3810 W North Ave): Blending Puerto Rican, Dominican and Latin American fare, this Humboldt Park eatery offers an extensive menu of authentic Latin and Caribbean dishes. Selling alcapurria and jibarito sandwiches.
  • Xocoatl Churros With locations around town, including Armitage Avenue, no explanation is needed for this fried dough pastry that's wildly popular with dessert lovers on every continent.

Main Stage Music Entertainment
11:00 AM - DJ Rudy (House DJ at Tortuga's Cantina)
1:30 PM - Johnny Martinez (Singer/Songwriter)
3:00 PM - Carpacho y su Super Combo (Salsa, Cumbia, and Merengue Colombian Style)
5:30 PM - Samuel del Real Quartet (Latin Jazz)
8:00 PM - The Business (R&B, Dance, and Latin)

11:00 AM - Guest DJ
12:15 PM - Chunguero (Karaoke and Comedy Guatemalan Style)
3:00 PM - Oxib K'ajau (Traditional Guatemalan Marimba Band)
4:30 PM - Chicago Samba and Dancers (Brazilian Music w Samba dancers)
7:00 PM - Orquesta Leal (Salsa)

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

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