By Melissa Berduo
Flags from various Latin countries were placed all around the streets as people waved them around. It was the time of celebration for Hispanic culture.
Maxima’s Hispanic Festival 2021 celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month September 12 in Georgetown, Delaware, on North Race Street. There are traditional arts and crafts, music and dances being performed and traditional Latin Cuisines.
The COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 festival, but the festival was back on track in 2021. Back in 2019, almost 20,000 people attended the hispanic festival.
The festival kicks off with about 100 vendors alongside North Race street. Traditional foods and drinks from different Latin countries are being offered as well as non-alcoholic drinks.
Kevin Andrade is the production event manager for Maxima’s Hispanic Festival. Andrade said seven countries will bring their cuisines such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. “Obviously Mexico- that’s the biggest taco fest every year”, said Andrade.
In past festivals, vendors sold foods such as pupusas, tacos, empanadas, tortas, quesadillas and typical hispanic dishes. Drinks such as pineapple juice, horchata, and mangonadas were sold as well.
Also, live music and dance were being performed throughout the event including artists such as J. Alvarez, Grupo Exito, Ralphy Dreamz and many more.
“Anyone can come to this event, we want to know who you are and I want you to know who we are; you know? We wanted to share the best of our latino community at this event,” Andrade said.
The festival was sponsored by Telemundo Delmarva.
Above, vendors hand mini umbrellas for drinks to customers. Below, crowds form near the stage as artists start performing. Photos courtesy of Maxima.