Latin Flavor Festival to celebrate Hispanic culture in Fond du Lac

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FOND DU LAC – This Sunday gives you the opportunity to tour Latin America with authentic food and music, or take part in a shouting or jalapeño contest, all in one place.

The Latin Flavor Festival will feature food, activities and events reminiscent of a traditional Latin American festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the prayer garden of Holy Family Church, 271 Fourth Street Way. The event will be preceded by a bilingual English and Spanish Mass at 10 a.m.

Previously host of Taste of Mexico, the Holy Family Catholic Community expanded the performance this year to include cultural touches from other Hispanic countries like Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

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“Our Hispanic community is an integral part of not only the Holy Family, but Fond du Lac as well, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this event to celebrate their legacy, just as we celebrate the legacy of our German parishioners with Oktoberfest,” said Ryan Pruess, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Community.

Handmade booths representing each country will offer dishes like tacos, tamales, arepas, corn cocktail and flour fritters with salsa. Drinks such as Horchata and sodas will also be available.

The group Mariachi Zamora, Masivo Show and DJ Estrella will provide live music all afternoon. A folk dance group from the Mexican Dance Academy will represent different regions of Mexico.

Amid food stalls and music, attendees can also participate in ring toss or balloon darts, as well as a variety of contests: dancing, eating jalapeño, shouting, or telling jokes.

The shouting contests, known as El Grito, involve contestants shouting for as long as they can, in tribute to the “Grito of the Delores”, the battle cry that is said to have started the Mexican War of Independence against Spain in September 1810.

Celebrations like Latin Flavor honor the history of the war – which ended in September 1821 – and the diversity of Latin American culture in Fond du Lac and beyond.

Fond du Lac County’s Hispanic population has grown and continues to grow, now representing approximately 6.4% of the population, according to the 2020 U.S. Census.

In the town of Fond du Lac, Hispanic residents number approximately 3,834 of the estimated 44,678 people who live here.

Entry to the Latin Flavor Festival is free and open to all, with food and raffle tickets available for purchase. Parking will be available in the west lot of the church and the rain spot will be at the Sainte-Famille Parish Hall.

For more information or updates, visit facebook.com/HolyFamilyFdL.

Contact Daphne Lemke at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @daphlemke.



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