Festival Latino Eugene started in 2014 as a fundraiser to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Huerto de la Familia.
Festival Latino 2014 was organized in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the University of Oregon. It featured live entertainment from musical acts Son Jarocho and Jimmy G Revue and free Salsa lessons and dancing provided by dancing instructors Courtney and Vito Garcia, as well as dance performances from Azucar and Salseros dance groups. Individuals from Cambios (Huerto’s micro enterprise program) teamed up to make over 700 tamales-all of which were sold at the event. Other food options included food truck Taqueria el buen Sabor and La Salsa Company. Huerto families competed in a Salsa making competition and the children were entertained with Kermes (carnival) games all afternoon.
Festival 2014 brought over 700 attendees to Sprout! Regional Food Hub in Springfield and together the community raised over $5,000 for Huerto de la Familia.
Festival Latino garnered so much support in 2014, that the event is expanding into a block party for Festival Latino 2015-featuring more entertainment, more food and more fun!
Festival Latino achieves much more than celebrating Latino culture- it also brings the community together in an environment that promotes equity and inclusion in Lane County. Events like Festival Latino foster a forum for cross-cultural exchange, an interface that is crucial to integrating diverse communities.