Pocono Latin Fest moves to University of East Stroudsburg



Mi nice: it’s time to celebrate.

The Pocono Latin Fest – now in its seventh year – returns on Sunday with the sounds of merengue and salsa, along with varied dishes and a lot of cultural pride.

The festival was founded in 2014 by Edwin and Karen Prudencio, who wanted to showcase the diversity of the Poconos. The couple will host the event, alongside media figures Christina Luna (Café with Christina) and Isa Pereyra (Latino Media Communications).

The celebration grew, showing the growth of the region’s Hispanic and Latino community.

This year’s rally, formerly hosted at venues such as the Mountain Center in Tobyhanna and StroudFest in downtown Stroudsburg, will take place on the former University of East Stroudsburg rugby pitch.

“We’re going to have more space and space, and this year we also have the support of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, which is huge as they help to publicize many of the events happening in the area. “said Prudencio.

According to the last US census, the Hispanic or Latino population of Monroe County increased by 28.1%, from 22,288 at the last census to 28,558. The increase reflects all boroughs and townships, with the largest population increase. important event taking place in East Stroudsburg.

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What better way to de-stress than with dancing and tropical tunes?

Personal trainer, Sandy Lopez will give a Zumba class to start the day off right.

Then it’s time to shake the hips as the performers take out the congas, guitars, and trumpets.

Musical acts include: Richie Olivera World Music, an Ecuadorian / Peruvian group that performs traditional Andean tunes; salsa group, Panchito Bongo & Su Orquesta; and the merengue and bachata crooners, Jesus Daniel y Su Grupo En Secuencia.

Children’s dance group El Batey will perform traditional Puerto Rican dances and DJ E. Nyce will perform a mix of Latin and hip-hop.

Food with flavor

Spice up the day with authentic cuisine from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Peru.

Latin Flavor, from East Brunswick, New Jersey, will serve Puerto Rican favorites such as tostones; platanos maduro; mofongo, pastelitos, alcapurrias and empanadas.

And nibble on this news: Lehigh Valley-based Taco Town will sell hot tortillas filled with steak, pork or chicken, and marinated in cilantro, peppers, cheese and (yum!) A secret sauce.

Refresh yourself with some handcrafted Llama Ice Cream treats with exotic flavors such as lucuma, passion fruit, cherimoya, soursop or guanabana, dulce de leche and coconut.

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Raise your bandera: Pocono Latin Fest coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place nationwide from September 15 to October 15 each year and celebrates the culture and contributions of Hispanics and Latin Americans.

“The Latin Fest is not only a celebration of Latino culture, but also of unity. We invite everyone to come and celebrate our beautiful and diverse community under the many flags of Latin America,” added Prudencio .

If you are going to: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the former ESU Rugby Ground, 200 Prospect St., East Stroudsburg. For more information, visit poconolatinfest.com


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