Rhode Island Latino Arts Celebrates Cultural Cuisine for Signature Fundraiser

Vendors offer traditional eats for an evening backdropped by art and music

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“Sabor Latino” means “A Taste of Latino” in Spanish, explains Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) executive director Marta V. Martinez, but it’s likely guests won’t want to stop with just a taste after experiencing the vendors and food trucks slated to gather for the annual fundraiser event on September 18.

Founded in 1988, RILA is known for launching the first statewide celebration of Latino heritage, which continues every year during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15. “Sabor Latino has become our signature fundraiser and as we enter our 35th year, this year we will kick off a year-long celebration with events happening statewide, leading up to our Ruby Celebration in September of 2023,” says Martinez.

From Mexican aguas frescas (fruit drinks) crafted by Casa Azúl Taquería to birria tacos served up by One2Taco & More, local vendors demonstrate their culinary masterpieces alongside other cultural artforms, including live salsa and bachata sessions and goods by local artists. TrapBox PVD, Matilda RI Empanadas, and Nolee’s Custom Sweet Treats will also dish up delicacies, and when the evening chill sets in, Mexican hot chocolate with sweet pan dulce desserts will be on hand. 

“Once you sample their food, the vendors hope you return later that evening to purchase something from their broader menu,” says Martinez. “We promise a night filled with food, art, dancing, and conversation (in any language) – a wonderful outdoor experience.” Sabor Latino takes place at the SouthLight Pavilion of the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island, 393 Broad Street.

Reserving tickets in advance online is recommended: RILatinoArts.org/SaborLatino.html  

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