I adore every nationality day at Kennywood, as you well know from previous posts - however, I have always been disappointed that there was not a Latino Day. I am aware that Latinos only make up about 2.3% of the population in Pittsburgh, but that is all the more reason for people to know that yes, there are Latinos here, and yes, they make GREAT food.
Thankfully, Alberto Benzaquen of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce answered my cries and organized this entire event, with some of the best entertainment from Latinos that Pittsburgh has to offer.
And - some of the best food.
I was so excited to hear that La Palapa (of Pittsburgh Public Market fame), Las Palmas (the BEST street tacos in Pittsburgh), AJ's Peruvian (never been, but excited to try it), and Casa Rasta (who have been nothing but good to me in so many ways) would be the vendors.
|La Palapa's setup|
|The offerings from Casa Rasta|
I ventured back to Pavilion 4 on my break to find the vendors in high-gear, cooking food and setting up their assembly lines. My first stop - Casa Rasta for some elote: grilled corn, slathered in mayonnaise (yes, mayonnaise), sprinkled with queso fresco and chile powder, and accompanied by a lime for squeezing. Sound familiar? See my recipe for esquites, which is essentially the same thing, but off the cob.
|Half-eaten elote (I couldn't help myself!)|
|Spinach and chicken empanadas from AJ's Peruvian|
|Pineapple Tamale from La Palapa|
|My stack of food!|
AND...my savior, Jay, our IT guy, was going back to Pavilion 4 for his lunch, so I asked him to grab me a taco if Las Palmas was set up at that time. And you know what? They were. He got me a chicken taco, which was just as tasty as the ones I get on Brookline Blvd. in front of their store:
|A beautiful chicken taco from Las Palmas (watch out for that glob of hot sauce on top, though!)|
Because I was working, I missed the entertainment, but I could hear the sounds of Choro No Vinho playing while I purchased my food - they are EXCELLENT, and I am proud to have worked with Abby Gross of this fantastic band at school last year.
I may be biased, but the food for Latino Day won over every other ethnic day this year. I didn't write about them again this year, as the vendors hadn't changed (plus I missed my second-favorite - Greek Day - because I was on vacation), but Latino Day NEEDS to be an annual event - and I'm sure Alberto will make sure of it.
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