Bring your appetite, dancing shoes and pooch to Downtown Coral Gables this weekend. That’s the best way to enjoy the annual Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival Oct. 22-23. The food and music will have plenty of Latin spice, libations will be flowing and the kids and dogs will have a great time too. Make sure to peruse the art, jewelry, homewares and clothing for sale. It all takes place between Biltmore Way and LeJeune Rd. Here’s a breakdown of the festivities:
Live music and dance
There’s no lack of it during both days when local bands, singers and dance groups will grace the stage. Because we’re in Miami, you’ll experience a melting pot of cultures. Watch passionate flamenco dancers and other groups from Colombia, Guatemala and Uruguay. You can also dance to the sounds of Grupo H, Just Blue and singers Juan Velazquez and Chris Pena. Or jam to DJs Kevin Reinoso, Moshe and Pro Disco DJ who will spin all weekend.
Face painting is always a festival favorite for kids, even though they’ll have to remember not to scratch their nose. Perhaps they should jump in the bounce houses before they get their faces painted. Miami Marlins and Dolphins players will be on hand in the kids’ area as well as soccer stars kicking the ball around and showing off their skills.
Fun for pooches
The festival is dog friendly so feel free to bring the pooch. They’ll love roaming around the City Beautiful’s picturesque, tree-lined streets (they’ll especially love the trees). There will be plenty of dog snacks to feed them and water to keep them hydrated and happy. And once they’ve had the water, they’ll probably want to visit those trees again. Woof, woof!
Taste of Cultures
We said bring your appetite and that’s no joke, the variety of food available throughout both days is staggering and mouthwatering. Ay Chico is serving up Cuban food or you can sample Puerto Rican fare at Sabor Boricua or Colombian hot dogs from Sweet y Salado. And it’s always a good time for ice cream in Miami so cool off with Dave’s Tasty Treats and if you want all-American get a burger or hot dog from Classic Caterers.
Rum, wine and stogies
You gotta wash that all down with something right? The ever-present Bacardi is always a good choice and they’ll be there to whip you up a Mojito or Cuba Libre cocktail. There’s also a wine lounge for the wine aficionados to enjoy. And a Hispanic event wouldn’t be complete without a cigar lounge. After a Bacardi cocktail, should you plan to enjoy a stogie or two.