33.) Puerto Rican Parade and Latino Fest – Cleveland – August 4, 2012

Growing up in Lorain, I had the privilege of often enjoying the pleasures of Puerto Rican cuisine, including the rather decadent pastelillos (fried meat pies) and rellenos de papas (stuffed potato balls).

Meanwhile, when I lived in New York City…

…I was introduced to the mozzarepa (corn pancake sandwich with mozzarella cheese) at street fairs…

…which I eventually learned to make at home.

(You can find my recipe here.)

The reason I even bring up these dishes is because they re-entered my life recently when I went to Cleveland…
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…for the Puerto Rican Parade and Latino Fest.

Located in the Municipal Stadium parking lot…

…food was one thing this festival didn’t lack.

Booths primarily advertised the Puerto Rican palate…


…and all that red, white and blue…

…was nearly as inviting as the great-looking dishes they offered…

…just as long as you didn’t order too quickly.

I say this because a few booths had no posted menus with prices. Being that some items were (in my opinion) overpriced ($5 for 1 potato ball or 1 meat pie at one vendor), it was important to ask prices before ordering.

Also, some items I did buy weren’t that great.

This mozzarepa was too thick for the little cheese it had, so I pitched it after a few bites.

I also had a pastelillo (meat pie) with practically no filling that also made it to the trash.

Fortunately, I did find some great food that came from here…

…via an alcapurria and some sweet plantains…

…and it may have helped me at the Cleveland Clinic booth…

…where I found it actually lowered my alarmingly high blood pressure.

(Don’t worry…I have a doctor’s appointment next week!)

Beyond the food…

…the festival offered plenty of Latino shopping possibilities…

…grocery destinations (Dave’s Mercado)…

…touches of politics (Latinos for Obama) and religion (“The Word” Church*)…

…and various attractions that included art (Tim Willis)…

…music…

…a Home Depot workshop for the kids…

…and a large carnival area with games, rides…

…and fair food.

Also, on this particularly hot day…
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…it was perfect thinking to have a large shaded beer pavilion…

…and a few piña colada booths…

…I just felt bad for the person in the Home Depot outfit…

…even if he did look like he was having fun.

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* = I was asked not to take pics of any people at the booth
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5 Responses to 33.) Puerto Rican Parade and Latino Fest – Cleveland – August 4, 2012

  1. Karishma Maharaj says:

    When is the Puerto Rican festival/ Parade in 2013?

  2. E.M. says:

    It would be nice if there were actually tables and chairs where people can sit and eat the rather expensive food we are buying. I am embarrassed a Nuyorican each time I attend that the City of Cleveland does not think enough of this event to 1) put us in a better location, 2) advertise more (on the news as the do other ethnic festivals), and 3)provide tables and chairs where we can sit like human beings and enjoy our meals and music.

  3. Daisy Diaz says:

    Hello, could you please update our website link for the Puerto Rican day Parade and Latino Fest in Cleveland. The link on your calendar is broken. Please use http://juliadeburgos.org/puerto-rican-parade–latino-festival.html

    the festival dates are Aug. 3 &4th 2013. thank you

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