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 boricua,...

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