Festival showcases Latino culture

Jun. 08, 2014 @ 09:28 PM

It's been four years since the last Latin cultural festival in Carrboro, something Pilar Rocha-Goldberg has sought to change.
On Sunday, the Carrboro Farmer's Market became a celebration of old-world culture as well as showcasing the new. Rocha-Goldberg is the president of El Centro Hispano, an outreach group hoping to ease the integration of North Carolina's Latin community in Durham and Chapel Hill. The group organizes tutoring programs, mobile health clinics, political education seminars, and other various community outreach efforts. In fact, it held its 22 second anniversary gala Saturday.
Rocha-Goldberg said she was proud of the strong turnout. She said the festival was something she had wanted to renew, especially since the first festival was put on just over two years after El Centro Hispano was founded.
Sunday had wide-ranging activities, celebrating culture through food and entertainment. Firefighters at the nearby fire station showed children the finer mechanics of fire hose operation. There were a host of food trucks ranging from classic Mexican cuisine to fruit shakes, and artisans were selling paintings, flowers, and hand-made jewelry.
A live band and rotating Jarabe dance acts took center stage to entertain festival goers. For the most part they played the hits like“El Jarabe Tapatío.” The musicians also played traditional folk songs, with an energetic vibe.