Last Update: Thursday, December 12, 2013
|Celebrating Latino Heritage|
|Written by Diana Martinez|
|Thursday, 12 September 2013 05:53|
Photo Courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific
Across the country, National Hispanic or Latino Heritage month is celebrated across the country from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 each year.
In Los Angeles, and throughout the San Fernando Valley and Southern California, many celebrations are held in schools and public libraries as a teaching opportunity, and at public events that pay tribute to Latino history and it's citizens who have become part of the American fabric.
In addition to the famous grito – the call for freedom held in downtown Los Angeles – there will be a Latin American Heritage celebration at the Angelus Plaza, 255 S. Hill Street on Sept 20. The event is considered one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Los Angeles for Hispanic Heritage month.
A variety of Latino culture will be showcased with music from a variety of countries including Cuba, Mexico and Central and South American. Among the entertainers are Susie Hansen and her Latin Jazz Band, who play in the courtyard at 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina will be recognized for her support of the downtown venue. Admission is free.
Photo Courtesy of MexicoFoodFair.com
On Sept. 21, there will be a Latino Author Summit held at the University of La Verne. The all-day event with 40 authors features seminars for middle school through college age youths to teach them about leadership, scholarship opportunities and mentorship. The conference will also hold a "feria," a fair with food and music.
Los Angeles and Mexican chefs will share their culinary secrets and it's history at the Mexico Food Fair, Sept.18-20.
Award-winning chef Rocio Camacho, known not only for maintaining ancient techniques for mole but for the creation of scores of new recipes served at her Sun Valley restaurant Rocio's Mole de los Dioses (Rocio's Mole of the Gods). Camacho, a featured chef at the Fair will hold a special presentation and food demonstration on Sept. 20.
The Mexico Food Fair is a collaborative event with organizers in Mexico and Los Angeles who are expected to bring vendors of every kind to fill the Los Angeles Convention Center halls with unique food and products. Author Pati Jinich of "Pati's Mexican Kitchen" will speak along with many other internationally recognized chefs.
The fair is free and open to the public.
The Aquarium of the Pacific on Aquarium Way in Long Beach will hold a Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Sept. 28 and 29. This unique event will mix culture, music, art, food and the biodiversity of Baja, Mexico and is considered a bit of a different way to celebrate Latino heritage.
The kids will enjoy all of the music and performances featuring folk dances from countries like Guatemala and El Salvador, as well as Mexico. They can also learn about animals on the Baja peninsula and how they can help protect them.
On Oct. 11, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Main Street, across from the historic Olvera Street will hold the 3rd Annual Taste of Mexico. The event offers a sampling of foods and drinks from some of L.A.'s best Mexican restaurants. There will also be music and entertainment.
Closer to home in the San Fernando Valley, Tia Chucha's Cultural Center and bookstore in Sylmar celebrates Latino heritage every day of the week.
The center regularly holds Aztec and folklorico dance, music and art classes and brings a steady stream of Latino book authors to its store.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 06:00|