The northwest Indiana city of Whiting is internet hosting scrumptious Latino tradition subsequent weekend with the first-ever Empanada Fest.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, the candy or savory dumpling deal with takes middle stage in a one-day pageant at Whiting Lakefront Park together with cultural performances by native music and dance teams, together with Ballet Folklorico Yolotzin. Founder and teacher Margaret Gomez mentioned the pageant is the proper place to carry cultural performances like hers to the Latino youngsters within the space.
“It’s necessary to return out and educate not solely the group however our youth, [they]have to be happy with who they’re, the place their ancestors got here from. That is us!” Gomez mentioned.
Hispanic Heritage Group president and Whiting councilwoman Rebena Uñate Michko spearheaded the occasion, however she says it’s taken on a lifetime of its personal.
“It’s enormous for me. I’ve been eager to do one thing for some time … to carry some tradition, present our tradition, have fun our tradition,” mentioned Uñate Michko. “I do need this to be undoubtedly a convention. It’s a one-day occasion, perhaps we will go on for 2 days subsequent 12 months. Nevertheless it’s undoubtedly one thing that we have to have fun with our tradition on this space.”