Friday, August 24, 2012

First Taste Of Latin America-Food, Wine & Art Fest This Weekend

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Taste of Latin America

Taste of Latin America

Date: Friday to Sunday, August 24-26, 2012
Time: Friday: 5:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Location: 3600 to 3828 W Armitage, from Central Park Ave to Avers St., Chicago
Beneficiary: Block Federation Club
For foodies and non-foodies alike, Latin American cuisine can be both exotic, yet sometimes hard to discover in a city like Chicago which, unknown to many, is home to consulates from 17 Latin American countries! That's about to change at the inaugural Taste of Latin America food, wine and art festival supported by 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado.

This new culinary happening will be held in the west Logan Square neighborhood that's fast-becoming a buzzing urban hot spot. Visitors will be treated to flavorful delights ranging from the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico to South America's Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela and, of course, Mexico. In addition to food, wines and arts & crafts, the fest will feature a "Taste of Latin America Culinary Stage presented by Sysco Chicago" as well as an entertainment stage.

Featured Restaurants
*In addition to the above, Carnivale (Brazilian, 702 W. Fulton Market) and Garifuna Flava Caribbean Restaurant (Belize, 2518 W. 63rd Street) will take part in Culinary Stage events.

Just Desserts!
The below vendors will be providing the sweet treats at this year's event!

  • El Campeon
  • Triangulo de Sol
  • Churros Factory
Taste of Latin America Culinary Stage
(presented by Sysco Chicago)
Cooking Demonstrations
Chefs from these restaurants will share personal cooking tips and secrets as they prepare their favorite dishes.
Noon - Carnivale (Brazilian)
1:00 p.m. - Aripos (Venezuelan)
2:00 p.m. - Garifuna Flava (Belize)
3:00 p.m. - El Veneno de Nayarit (Mexico)
4:00 p.m. - Sabor Latino (Puerto Rico)

Chef Competitions
Chefs from these restaurants will create signature dishes. They will then be judged by Taste of Latin America culinary panelists who will crown one the tastiest of the "competition."
Noon - 90 Miles Cuban Café (Cuban)
1:00 p.m. - Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse/ Macondo (Colombian)
2:00 p.m. - Texas de Brazil (Brazilian)
3:00 p.m. - Zapatista Restaurant (Mexico)

Main Stage Music Entertainment
5:00pm - Orquesta La Unidad (salsa, Cuban)
7:00pm - Mannix Martinez Tribute to the Legends (salsa)

Noon - Yabba Griffith (reggae)
2:00pm - Samuel del Real Quartet (Latin jazz)
4:00pm - Chicago Samba & Dancers (Brazilian)
6:00pm - Mikey O Comedy Show
7:30pm - The Business (R&B/dance/salsa)

Noon - Bomba Con Buya (Bomba music, dancing, Puerto Rico)
1:30pm - Mariachi Tequila (Mariachi music, Mexico)
3:00pm - Carpacho y su Super Combo (salsa, Colombia)
5:00pm - Juvenato (Vallenato music, Colombia)
7:00pm - Elizardi Castro (comedian)
7:30pm - R Gang (R&B/dance)

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