Category: Festivals

How to Make a Traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving Day Dinner

  Even though Thanksgiving was not always a traditional holiday on the island, many Puerto Rican families calling the States home began celebrating it by adding a touch of Sabor Latino. A traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving menu will likely consist of Pavochon, Mofongo stuffing, Arroz con Gandules (rice with pigeon peas), Tostones, and Tembleque or dulce de leche. I serve a green bean casserole with my meal and for an appetizer I fry up some Platanos versus the Tostones. I season mine with garlic, black pepper and salt and serve them with Mojo Criollo. I’m usually cooking enough food...

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Patron Saint Festivals

Every year, each town celebrates patron saint festivals (fiestas patronales) in honor of the area’s patron saint. The festivities include religious processions since they were originated as a Catholic tradition. However, they have adopted other elements of African and local origin. They also include games, regional food, music and dance. Following is a list, ordered by date, of the festivals that are celebrated in each town. The festivities last ten days, including the date listed, and activities are held evenings on weekdays and all day on weekends. TownPatron SaintDate CorozalLa Sagrada Familia January 9 AñascoSan Antonio AbadJanuary 17 San...

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Get Ready for a Taste of Rum

By Zain Deane March 2014 kicks off in grand style with the Taste of Rum Festival. One of the biggest food and drink events on the island, Taste of Rum is the official rum festival of Puerto Rico, and takes place on March 1 along the Paseo de la Princesa Boulevard that stretches from the docks to to the Raíces Fountain at the foot of the old city. Beyond the island’s favorite spirit, you can enjoy local food from restaurants like Perrurican and Soleil Beach Club and enjoy live music, this year featuring a tribute to The Police and...

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Mayaguez’s First Culinary Festival Underway in Puerto Rico

Hispanically Speaking News | Published at 10:34 am EST, March 1, 2014 The Puerto Rican town of Mayaguez is organizing this weekend its first culinary festival in which some 80 gastronomic experts will take part, including some of the best-known chefs and restaurants on the island. The 2014 Mayaguez Culinary Fest, to be held as a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will take place in the western coastal city Saturday at the seaside recreational complex known as Paseo del Litoral Israel “Shorty” Castro. The event will feature live music, a fashion show, two stages for entertainment and awards...

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Ponce Carnival

During the week leading up to Ash Wednesday, Ponce celebrates Puerto Rico’s version of Mardi Gras called the Ponce Carnival. This carnival is the biggest and most celebrated and colorful festival on the island. It’s also one of the oldest celebrations, dating back to the 1700s. It annually drawing tens of thousands of locals and tourists. And if New Orleans has its beaded revelers and Rio its costumed dancers, Puerto Rico has its Vejigantes. They are elaborately masked figures representing local folkloric demons. A festival that has been held for over 200 years is the epitome of all things...

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