Taste of Latin America returns to Logan Square

TOLA2_Logo_Web[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ood lovers are in for a culinary treat when the third annual Taste of Latin America returns to the Logan Square neighborhood the weekend of Aug. 1-2. Held in the 3600 block of West Armitage Avenue, at Central Park, visitors will be treated to flavorful delights from several south-of-the-border countries and Caribbean islands like Colombia, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

From better-known empanadas (stuffed bread treats) to less-familiar alcapurria (meat-filled banana dumplings), shredded pork milanesa and Chicago’s own unique jibarito sandwiches (made with green plantains), food lovers are in for a culinary treat when the Taste of Latin America returns this year.

Supported by Ald. Roberto Maldonado, this weekend celebration showcases a rich multi-country heritage and Latin culture.

This year’s festival will run from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the festival is free. In addition to food, there will also be music (lineup to-be-announced), libations and arts/crafts.

As of mid-July, participating restaurants include: Sabor Latino (Puerto Rican), 3810 W. North Ave., selling alcapurria and jibarito sandwiches; Mekato’s Colombian Bakery, 5423 N. Lincoln Ave.; La Bomba (Puerto Rico), 3221 W. Armitage, selling tamales, roast pork and sausage with rice dishes; Cemitas Puebla (Mexico), 817 W. Fulton St., selling chalupas and their signature milanesa plate (shredded pork with chipotle sauce); La Palma Puerto Rican Restaurant, 1340 N. Homan, selling arroz con gandules (rice, pigeon peas and pork) and papas rellenas (fried stuffed potatoes); and Xocoatl Churros (aka Churro Factory), 3755 W. Armitage and other locations.

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