THIS weekend, the Latin American Festival returns for the 11th year with a host of activities for music lovers and those who want to savour cuisines from South America and the Carribbean nations.
The event to be held at BB Park along Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur on June 30 will offer Malaysians a great opportunity to experience the rich culture of the countries from the continent.
It is jointly organised by Group of Latin America and the Carribbean Embassies (GRULAC) in Malaysia, in collaboration with Plaza Low Yat, Federal Hotels International (FHI) Group of Hotels, Latin American Women Association of Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
“Malaysia is a country so similar to Latin American and Carribbean countries.
“We really like to makan because I have to admit that our food is really good,” said Peru Ambassador to Malaysia Guido Felipe Loayza Devescovi at the launch.
The festival, he said, would bring this common passion to the table with nine Latin American embassies, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru, to promote their local cuisines along with other fascinating cultural elements such as music, handmade arts and crafts as well as colourful costumes.
Themed “Malaysia Meets Latin America”, visitors will be able to sample tasty treats such as empanada, alfajor, chicken taco, chicken gordita, coconut pastry, tlacoyo, cheese bread and wine from the continent.
Plaza Low Yat general manager (executive area) Michael Lee said the annual festival would not only be fun but also educational as both locals and tourists could learn more about the Latin and Caribbean countries through their food, art, music, heritage and culture.
Besides stage performances, cultural dances and live bands, other family-friendly activities will also be held such as henna tattoo, arts and crafts, face painting and lucky draws with the grand prize offering two round-trip flight tickets to either Mexico City or Cancun courtesy of Turkish Airlines.
Proceeds from the festival’s raffle ticket and sale of food will be channelled to the Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled of Selangor & Federal Territory, an organisation dedicated to helping disabled people improve their quality of life.