Get a taste of Ecuador without leaving the country. Ecuador is celebrating its independence at the Taste of Ecuador 16th Annual Food Festival on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles. Admission is free!
Try a variety of Ecuadorian dishes. Purchase fritadas, humitas, tamales, ceviche (fish marinated in lime juice), rice, beans, plantains, encebollado (marinated chunks of fish and onions), patacones (fried unripe plantains, mashed, and then refried), seco de chivo (goat stew), hornado (potatoes served with roasted pig and hominy) or llapingachos (a pan seared potato ball). Exotic fresh fruits such as grandilla, passion fruit and naranjilla will also be available.
Stroll over to Broadway and Seventh street around 11 a.m. for the beginning of the 16th Annual Parade featuring car clubs, dance groups, motorcycles, convertibles, drill teams and 24 beauty queens. The parade route heads north on Broadway then east on First Street. At Main Street, it winds north, ending at the festival on Placita Olvera.
Check out the Ecuadorian crafts, Ecuadorian bands, Ecuadorian folklore customs, carnival games and products. Feeling lucky? Enter the free raffle to win two airline tickets to - where else? - Ecuador!
De ley, de una!