XIX Festival Independencia De Colombia

Cordial invitación a toda nuestra comunidad en general a que nos acompañen a celebrar el XIX Festival De Independencia De Colombia este 20 de Julio en Treasure Island.

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  • John Jairo R.

    My family and I had a great time at the festival, I had relatives visiting from L.A. and they loved the family atmosphere at our festival. People in L.A. were paying $40 for a ticket, and for what I can see that was no family event.
    You can see for yourself here:
    https://www.facebook.com/FestivalColombiano

    I just can't believe there are people here complaining about $20!! Hasta verguenza ajena me da!

    2 · July 23

  • Freddy P.

    Hola a todos(as). Deseo ofrecer mis disculpas hacia las personas que han expresado su frustración y descontento en el Festival De Independencia. Estoy de acuerdo con ustedes y admito de que me equivoque en muchas cosas durante la organización este año. Aunque no voy a tratar de justificar, quiero asegurarles que la única intención era encontrar un lugar en San Francisco donde nos pudiéramos unir a disfrutar del día de la independencia. Espero poder encontrar un mejor lugar para la próxima donde los costos y las regulaciones de la ciudad me permitan hacer algo del agrado de todos. En cuanto a las ventas de comida, son los dueños de cada puesto los que controlan los precios y cuanta comida llevan para vender. Basados en esta experiencia y gracias a sus criticas e inconformidad, vamos a tomar los pasos necesarios para asegurar su satisfacción y lealtad que es tan importante para nosotros.

    4 · July 22

  • Edgar

    Aunque el evento fue quizás en un lugar un poco incomodo.... me parece el colmo que todos se pongan a criticar. El ambiente lo hace uno. Si llega amargado...pues no la va a pasar rico. Nosotros los Colombianos la pasamos muy bien donde sea, desde que exista unidad. Esta quejadera me parece como fuera de lugar. Para todos aquellos que estuvimos ahi y la pasamos muy bien, (que fuimos muchos) un saludo. Y gracias a los organizadores por unir a una comunidad que le cuesta a veces unirse.

    Although the location was a bit unorthodox, I don't see the point of complaining. The idea was to have a good time as a community. If one has a preconceived negative perspective, well it probably will not turn out very positive for you. For all of those who had a fantastic time (me included), keep the positive vibe, and to the organizers a big thank you for attempting to unite a community that sometimes is hard to get together under one event. Gracias Freddy.

    5 · July 21

    • Trish Stimson G.

      The event coordinators should see the complaints as an opportunity to improve next time, if they plan on promoting the festival again in the future. Many complaints listed here are constructive criticisms that they can turn around into a positive (i.e. more tables and chairs, more food, aguardiente, an appealing venue, free kids' activities, etc.). If people said nothing, the organizers wouldn't necessarily see a need to improve upon anything.

      6 · July 21

    • Freddy P.

      Thank you Edgar for your opinión and support. I am glad you enjoy the event. We will do our best to improve.

      July 22

  • Will

    So disappointed with the festival the food wasn't good and a $20 entrance fee for a poorly planned event.

    4 · July 20

    • Freddy P.

      Hello Will. I have been organizing this event for 19 years. We experience and learn every year. I agree with all you. It was the first time we organize the event in San Francisco and I thought that was going to be a good venue. I needed to start somewhere. I made a mistake and I appologize for that. Thank you all for your input and I'll make it up to you in the future. I also love Colombia and our people and I can honestly tell you that I will do all my best to represent it and bring the best of our culture.

      1 · July 21

  • Luis H P.

    Buenas amigos. Respecto a la celebracion del aniversario en S.F., my opinion NO es muy positiva. De pronto el sitio no es el mejor adecuado para este tipo de eventos, se noto la inexperiancia de los organizadores, la comida muy cara, no suficiente, largas filas (perdida de tiempo). La musica (en vivo), nos quedaron debiendo bastante. De todas maneras no hay que perder las ganas de mejorar, seguro que el proximo festival sera todo un exito....gracias.

    July 21

  • Paola D.

    Very disappointed at the organization of the event. I sure hope that money raised by this event is for some great cause, otherwise it would have been a waste. We were charged $20 per person to get inside some 500 sq meter of fenced area without proper seating arrangements, no directions, no activities. There were 3 - 4 food & drink stalls for overpriced food. Even the inflatables were not free inside for kids. There was no concert or carnival environment. Everyone seemed disappointed. What a waste. This organizer should not be allowed to put any other event in the name of Colombia. I feel sorry for this poor representation on my country and it's beautiful culture. A real shame.

    4 · July 20

    • Brenda A.

      I am not sure what event did you guys attend because I had so much fun and stay until the party ended 10:30 pm. I agree with Edgar El ambiente se lo hace uno mismo y que triste que estando tan lejos del pais sigamos en la misma tonica de solo criticar y ver lo negativo. Definitivamente nos cuesta ver lo positivo como por ejemplo por los $20 dolares que cada uno de ustedes pago, hubo un grupo folklorico (local) llamado Tambores de Colombia, un grupo folklorico de danza (colombian soul), un grupo de ninhos talentosisimos colombianos (ColTrees), un grupo de Vallenato (Coko Torres) y un orquesta de Salsa con un cantante profesional como lo es Carlos Guerrero.

      1 · July 21

  • Karina

    Hey guys, so this was my first meetup. I brought some friends over and they were delighted to see the energy and liveliness of Colombian folks, however, they werent so pleased with the entrance fee. Being a NYC Colombian, I must agree that it was a hefty entrance fee and the fight was just average. The arepas were good, but I mean literally 2 pieces of meat for 12 bucks? Mmm idk. It was great to feel the energy of my Colombian peeps, but definitely overprices. :/

    2 · July 20

    • Will

      I agree as I am also native New Yorker I was extremely disappointed!

      1 · July 21

    • Brenda A.

      You can't compere New York with Bay Area obviously in New York there are thousands Colombians. I am very thankful that there are people like Freddy and wife trying very hard to do events like this so we can feel a little bit closer to home. However, is true constructive criticisms is good to improve and get better. Even though I am not part of the event coordinator, I must say thanks for your attendance because it helps to keep doing more events target to Colombian people which I appreciate very much.

      2 · July 21

  • Maria Doris V

    Yes absolutely disappointing :(. My brother and I were there early enough to eat and sit but it wasn't worth the time and trouble. I waited in line for arepas for almost 30 minutes because they were not prepared. They were cooking while a long line waited to be served :/. Fortunately, we were among the early ones and got out of there soon after eating.

    This event was done in San Jose a few years ago and it was much better organized with more and better food venders. The location was much better too! It was in a park with a large sectioned off area for the event. Today was a poor example of our wonderful fiesta.

    1 · July 20

  • Trish Stimson G.

    I was a bit disappointed as well. The previous festivals in Stockton and Newark were more open and inviting than a couple of tennis courts. If you weren't there before 11:30am, you were out of luck trying to get a table and chairs to sit down and eat. If the event coordinators were expecting 1000 people, there definitely should have been more seating, space, activities, food, and especially vendors. People didn't go there to buy State Farm insurance or see a MundoFox pop-up tent. The bounce houses for the children should have been free (although the people tending to the bounce houses were generous with the time). I thought the food was tasty, but it was overpriced. Treasure Island was a lovely area to have the festival, but considering all of the acreage there, the event coordinators could have picked a spot with a lot more space. I'm not sure what my $20 paid for, let alone what the $45 VIP ticket would have been good for.

    5 · July 20

  • Paola D.

    Wish I could give it 0 star for poor representation of my country and it's culture.

    3 · July 20

  • Juan S.

    Ageed with you will I was expecting something better than to be confined to a tennis court. The food was awful Arroz con pollo was disgusting, the food vendors were horrible $20 cover for what? I dont k ow who the orgonizer is but when he and thr other people on stage decided that it was ok to say hijode puta on the PA have absolutely no class. I will posr this in spanish as well and if anybody knows who the orgonizer is please forward the information I would like to cosult for next years celebration.

    4 · July 20

    • Will

      It's Freddie Piedrahita the event organizer..... So disappointed.

      July 20

    • Will

      Freddy

      July 20

  • Maria Doris V

    Estoy aqui por primer vez en el grupo. Adonde los encuentro?

    July 20

  • Juan S.

    If anybody need a ride my friends from Lyft will have their cards ready. If you don't have the app download it and use my code STACHE.

    July 20

  • Jeanette G.

    Hi! My husband just saw a Facebook event for the festival and it said there's a $20 fee, is that the case? If so, what does the fee cover besides entry? Thanks!

    1 · July 19

    • Trish Stimson G.

      There appears to be a $45 VIP option. Do you know what is included with the VIP ticket? Thanks, Freddy. :)

      July 19

    • Brenda A.

      I think VIP option is already sold out

      July 19

  • Brenda A.

    Vea la entrevista de Carlos Guerrero quien estara mahhana en el festival de la Independencia

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=299718323542565&set=vb.100005131991651&type=2&theater

    July 19

  • Freddy P.

    Hola familia. Aquí les dejo el enlace donde pueden ordenar los boletos en pre-venta.

    Gracias.

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=a6bka7dab&oeidk=a07e9g4673o1e7d4af1


    Hello family.

    Here is the link where you can order the tickets on pre-sale. Thank you.

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=a6bka7dab&oeidk=a07e9g4673o1e7d4af1

    July 6

    • Xiomara A. P.

      Hola Freddy! Los niños también pagan entrada? Gracias :)

      July 19

    • Brenda A.

      Ninhos menores de 12 anhos entran gratis!

      July 19

  • Henry

    hola vivo en richmond si alguien me puede indicar como llegar a la fiesta patria en san francisco le estaria agradecido

    July 19

    • Fanny P.

      Hola Henry.S i alguien no te recoge, busca las indicaciones del Transporte hacia San Francisco para tomar el Muni #108 que te lleva a Treasure Island/Guard Station. Brenda ha editado una pagina donde encontre la informacion.

      1 · July 19

  • Ronald A.

    Hola, vivo en Mexico pero me encuentro en San José en este momento y me gustaría mucho asistir a la fiesta colombiana mañana, si alguien me puede ayudar con las indicaciones les agradezco, que estén bien!

    2 · July 19

    • Freddy P.

      Hola Ronald. Si vienes de San Jose te vienes por el 880 y luego tomas el Bay Bridge y ahí en mitad del puente encuentras la salida a Treasure Island.

      1 · July 19

    • Ronald A.

      Perfecto, gracias!!

      July 19

  • Maria A.

    Alguien sabe si dejan entrar perritos?

    1 · July 19

    • Freddy P.

      Hola Maria Alejandra. Desafortunadamente no podemos dejar entrar los perritos.

      July 19

  • Henry

    hola vanne G si ves esto me gustaría asistir y conocer mas gente colombiana como me podría poner en contacto para ver como hago para llegar un saludo

    1 · July 19

    • Fernando

      Yo vivo en san jose pero si quieres t podria recojer in SF como a la una de la tarde.

      July 19

    • Fernando

      llamame al[masked] para coordinar.

      July 19

  • Diego

    Karoline, Dame Una Llamada[masked]

    July 19

    • Karoline

      OK Diego, te llamo dentro de un ratico, acabo de llegar a casa... Karoline

      July 19

    • Brenda A.

      Mi amiga Margarita Stefans vive en Santa Rosa y viene para el festival con el esposo y el hijo. Si quieren contactela en facebook para que armen grupo

      https://www.facebook.c...­

      July 19

  • Brenda A.

    Hola a todos,

    Para las personas que no manejan y han preguntado como llegar a Treasurer Island en transporte publico esta es la informacion:
    Hay una ruta bus 108 que funciona las 24 horas los 7 dias de la semana y parte cada 20 minutos. El costo es de $2 dolares por adulto y .75 centavos para ninhos y personas mayores. Lo pueden tomar en la estacion del Transbay (San Francisco Transbay Terminal) localizada en la calle Beale entre Howard y Folsom en San Francisco.
    Si desean mas informacion acerca del transporte publico pueden llamar al 311 en San Francisco y para llamadas de afuera marcar el (415)[masked] o visitar las siguientes paginas:

    http://sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/schedules-trip-planners

    https://www.google.com/#q=transbay+terminal

    Tambien pueden buscar en facebook este enlace para encontrar personas que vienen desde diferentes puntos

    https://www.facebook.com/events/636425269777115/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

    1 · July 19

  • Angelica V.

    First time attending, very excited

    1 · July 19

  • elizabeth

    Hola ...yo tambien quiero asistir y realmente no tengo con quien ir ...todos aqui en casa tienen compromisos para mañana ...donde nos podriamos encontrar en san francisco para ir todos juntos y divertirnos como si estuvieramos en casa!!

    July 19

    • Karoline

      Elizabeth, sigue buscando y encuentras con quien ir, lastima no te puedo recojer porque estamos lejos ! espero conocerte en un meet up...Karo

      July 19

  • Diego

    I'm there!!! So excited. It'll be like I'm a kid all over again. Anyone making empanadas? Quien le gustaria compartir un Aquadientito?

    4 · July 15

    • Fanny P.

      Hola Karoline, tambien me gustaria saber si hay un grupo o alguien que vaya desde la ciudad de Oakland, cerca del area central de la ciudad. Gracias. Felicidades!

      July 19

    • Karoline

      Hola Fanny, no se porque yo estoy lejos de ti, pero sigues preguntado en este medio, y si tienes cuenta en FaceBook tambien puedes lograr con quien(es) vayan... Karo

      July 19

  • Henry

    vivo a las afueras de san francisco solo que estoy nuevo en san francisco no conozco muy bien tendría que ir a san francisco a conocer la ciudad

    July 19

  • Vanne G.

    Hola, vivo en San Francisco y realmente me gustaría asistir, pero no me gustaría ir sola... Alguien se anima? Me cuentan!!! Abrazos!!

    July 19

    • Daniel

      Hola, Vanne. Yo vivo en Napa pero te podria recoger. Avisame.

      July 19

  • Nydia Q.

    Estoy viajando a LA,alla ire a una reunion de Colombianos,pero la proxima reunion planeo ir a conocer mas compatriotas en esta area.

    2 · July 17

  • Luis H P.

    Muy contento de poder celebrar el dia de nuestra Independencia en compania de mis paisanos...Viva Colombia !!!!!

    4 · July 17

  • Dhyan

    Yo también muy feliz de celebrar la independencia de nuestra patria en compañía de familia. Llevo seis meses en la bahía de SF y espero conocerlos!

    3 · July 14

    • Brenda A.

      Es un festival muy chevere. Te vas a dar cuenta!

      1 · July 15

    • Freddy P.

      Nosotros felices de recibirlos Dhyan.

      1 · July 16

  • Fernando

    Viva Colombia...
    Aya estare con mis dos ninas....

    3 · July 16

    • Freddy P.

      Muchas gracias Fernando. Los esperaremos con los brazos abiertos.

      1 · July 16

  • Eddie O.

    Hola, Donde se puede conseguir un sombrero Vueltiao en San Francisco o San Jose?

    1 · July 16

    • Freddy P.

      Hola Eddie. En este festival tendremos un puesto vendiendo artesanías y ella vende los sombreros vueltiaos.

      July 16

  • Edward

    van a tener pan de bono? si no hay pan de bono no voy.

    3 · July 14

    • Freddy P.

      Claro que tendremos pandebono. Muchas gracias Edward.

      1 · July 15

  • Vane

    Estoy muy feliz de participar en el festival del 20 de julio en Treasure Island! Me divertiré sin fin al lado de Colombianos!!

    2 · July 14

  • Brenda A.

    Ven a celebrar no te pierdas el festival de la Independencia a llevarse a cabo el proximo domingo 20 de Julio, en la Isla del Tesoro ( Treasurer Island)

    3 · July 13

    • Freddy P.

      Muchas gracias Brendita por la colaboración.

      1 · July 14

  • Freddy P.

    Aquí les dejo una corta invitación de Carlos Guerrero a este gran evento.

    http://youtu.be/l1m8zpT991Q

    1 · July 6

  • Elizabeth B.

    Hi everyone, I live in San Jose, but I'm originally from NY. I've been living here for 2 years now, and I really really really miss all my Colombian friends in Queens, NY. Would love to make new friends out here! Also, super excited for this festival!

    5 · July 3

    • Oscar

      I'm also from Astoria Queens!

      2 · July 4

    • Freddy P.

      Hello Elizabeth and Oscar. We are very excites as well and really look forward to meeting you and make feel at home. Big huy for both of you and we'll see you on the 20th.

      1 · July 4

  • Francelly Ortiz O.

    Hi everyone this is so cool to finally find other Colombians in the Bay Area! I am from Boston have been living here for almost 3 months. So I don't know the cool places to go to. Please let me know where everyone will be for the game on July 4th Colombia vs. Brazil!!!! Thank you!! Chaooooo

    5 · June 29

  • Erick

    I should be back in Bogota by this time :(

    1 · June 22

  • Jorge

    Hi all, in case anyone is interested, there is a Colombian party next Friday night (June 27) in downtown SF currently posted as a suggested meetup. One more RSVP will announce it to the group. http://www.meetup.com/Colombians-in-the-San-Francisco-Bay-Area/events/189857622/­

    3 · June 19

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