Latin food and culture festival coming to Mississauga


Published July 27, 2022 at 10:14 am

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After two years of virtual, the Mississauga Latin Festival returns live with a celebration of culture, dance, music and food.

Now celebrating its 14th anniversary, the festival is at Celebration Square this long weekend.

Every summer, this three-day event, produced by the non-profit Canadian Latin Heritage, showcases the music, food, art, dance, and performances from Latin America. The event draws more than 45,000 visitors per year, according to the website.

This year, the festival kicks off on Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m. with a welcome and a full line-up of entertainment. Music and dance from Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, and Peru are on tap.

On Saturday, the festival starts with a Zumba class at 12:15 p.m. and more music and dance culminating in a performance from internationally-known singer-songwriter Jair Santrich at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, starts with Zumba at 12:05, followed by a parade at 1 p.m.

“Each year, Latin American countries are represented by delegations that put together a beautiful display of traditional costumes, musical groups with percussion and wind instruments such as ‘Papayeras’ (percussion) and ‘Chirimias’ (woodwind instrument) that engage the audience and the dancers along the parade’s route,” according to the website.

The folklore performances and exhibitions from Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador continue until the festival close at 7 p.m.

If you get hungry watching all these performances, the food court includes more than 20 vendors with Latin favourites like empanadas and churros.

There’s also a kid’s zone with crafts, a scavenger hunt, balloons and more.

For the full line-up of events, visit the website.

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