The Hispanic Festival brings football, food, music to Calder Plaza

The Hispanic Festival brings football, food, music to Calder Plaza

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – The Hispanic Festival kicked off Friday at Calder Plaza, bringing food, music and culture to downtown Grand Rapids.

The event was hosted by In addition to food and entertainment, the football tournament for children was underway, starting at 11 am on Saturday. About 300 boys aged 6 to 14 competed to win it all.

Festival attendees could watch the tournament, stroll among 11 different vendors cooking traditional Venezuelan, Cuban and Puerto Rican food, as well as food from many other Hispanic cultures.

“We have a lot of fun celebrating, dancing and really celebrating diversity in culture. Because it’s not just a subset of Hispanic culture here in western Michigan, we have a… variety of different people from all over South America, ”said Cesar Gonzalez, president of the Hispanic festival.

This year there is even more entertainment than in previous years. Musicians from all over the world will play, including California, Texas and Chicago, as well as some local artists.

Organizers said so many people showed up on Friday night that the vendors were selling out. However, they had since stocked up and were ready for a full Saturday day.

Evelyn Esparza, executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan, said the event is important to the organization.

“This is the main fundraising event for the Hispanic Center, so we are relying on funding from this event to continue programming which is not necessarily covered by any of our grants or sponsorships for other programs,” said Esparza. “So this is vital for the center to continue doing what it should be doing in our community.”

The Hispanic festival it is active until 11.30pm on Saturday evening and from 11am to 4.45pm on Sunday.

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