Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Celebrates
Mexican Independence and Latino Heritage with
5th Annual Fiesta de Independencia
Saturday, September 13, 2014
SANTA ROSA, CA (July 15, 2014) – The distinctive tastes, sights and sounds of Latino culture will be showcased in the North Bay as Luther Burbank Center for the Arts highlights Mexican Independence and Latino heritage at the 5th annual Fiesta de Independencia on Saturday, September 13 from 1 – 6 p.m. Sonoma County residents and visitors will celebrate Latino culture at the free festival at the Center (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403). Presented by the Center’s Latino Advisory Council, the family-friendly, outdoor festival is an opportunity for guests to experience a traditional fiesta, enjoy authentic food from local vendors, live music, games and activities, including a car show and salsa tasting competition.
As traditional dancers and mariachi music take to the stage, guests can peruse a wide selection of authentic food and beverages, including tacos, ceviche, churros, papusas and more. The Fiesta’s annual salsa tasting competition invites local restaurants and individuals to submit their salsa creations to be judged in a taste-test by a panel of local judges on stage during the Fiesta. Three awards will be given in the salsa tasting competition: an individual award, a restaurant award, and a People’s Choice award (chosen by attendees from among the Fiesta’s food vendors). Each winner will receive a prize pack that includes tickets to Center performances, chocolates, wine, and more.
Since 2010, Fiesta de Independencia has commemorated Mexican Independence Day (September 16) to honor the rich history of the Latino culture and people. Drawing more than 3,000 community members each year, the festival has become a community-wide tradition.
The creation of this event would not be possible without the leadership of the Latino Advisory Council (LAC) as well as the Fiesta’s sponsors, which include Luther Burbank Bank, California Human Development, the City of Santa Rosa, Radio Lazer/La Mejor, El Patron, Excitos, TV Azteca, El Consulado General de México en San Francisco and of course all the community advocates.