Past Meetup

Main Street Latin Festival

This Meetup is past

21 people went

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Chris will be at the Sylvan Clock at 1500 Main Street and Hampton wearing white shorts and tyedye tshirt at 11am

Each year, the streets of downtown Columbia are filled with the sounds of salsa, meringue, reggaeton and grupero music and the enticing aromas of traditional Latin cuisine. Festival-goers line up for a chance to try authentic dishes like alcapurrias: an alcapurria is made from a doughy mixture of mashed tubers and vegetable roots (yuca, green bananas or green plantains) that grow on the island of Puerto Rico. The dough surrounds a center of heavily seasoned meat. Cooks spoon the meat into the center. Or try empanadillas (empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing, which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese, huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits). Also available are pinchos (shish kabob), chicharon (pork skins), arroz (rice), habicuelas (beans), tostones (plantains) and carne frita (fried steak).