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Taste of Latin America Food Wine Art Festival

Dates: August 2-3, 2014
Location: Armitage Avenue Chicago, IL
Estimated Attendance: 40,000
Demographics: Upscale, educated families 25-54; urban sophisticates; foodies
Components:
             • More than 25 participating Latin American Restaurants
             • Entertainment Stage
             • Culinary Stage
             • Chef Competitions – Celebrity Judges
             • Culinary Demonstrations
             • Wine tasting
             • Outdoor Latin American Art Gallery
             • Kids Carnival

In a city that loves its food as much as it loves its music and art, Chicago’s Taste of Latin America combines it all to give an authentic cultural experience.


Background:

Taste of Latin AmericaThe Taste of Latin America has been in planning Taste of Latin America stages for three years, and was conceived in response to the rapid growth of this cuisine's popularity in Chicago.

As of November 2013, Metromix lists 477 Latin American restaurants in Chicago's metro and more are applying for permits each month. Plans are underway to convert a factory building on a block of West Armitage Avenue into a Latin American Restaurant Row that will feature high quality restaurants, art and live entertainment.

Alderman Roberto Maldonado of the 26th Ward is spearheading the restaurant complex project, and it's flagship event, The Taste of Latin America.

Event Overview:

Unlike other big-city food festivals, Taste of Latin America is food-centric and stays completely true to its purpose- to celebrate and showcase the very best that Chicago's finest Latin American restaurants and chefs have to offer. The goal is to give attendees a true and varied Latin American culinary and cultural experience.

More than 20 of Chicago's top Latin American restaurants will set up their kitchens in the events' Restaurant Row- offering attendees plates of what can truly be described as 'the finest Latin American food in the 42nd parallel.

Many types of Latin American cuisine will be represented including Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and more.

Intermittently throughout the weekend, the Culinary Stage will feature live cooking demonstrations, a chef competition and beverage seminars and wine tastings.

Although the main focus of Taste of Latin America is food- there will be a wide variety of free, high quality Latin American entertainment on the Entertainment Stage and an elaborate Kids Carnival in the designated kids area.

An outdoor Latin American art gallery will feature works by local and regional artists.