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Get ready to take a trip around the world and experience different cultures right here in the Star City at the 32nd Annual Local Colors Festival. Experts say the best way to introduce yourself to a new culture is through music, arts, and food.
WFXR’s Hazelmarie Anderson stepped into the kitchen with Betty Baker, owner of Media Luna, and Kenya Hernandez, the Head Chef at Fonda Hernandez for a sneak peek of tasty cuisines available at the festival.
From Columbian hot dogs to Arepa’s, Baker showed Anderson the tastes of Latin America. Baker shared that Media Luna stands for ‘half moon’ which is the shape of an empanada. She shared that the idea was inspired by her family during the COVID-19 Pandemic and a year later she opened her business.
Lisa Spencer the Executive Director of Local Colors Festival of Western Virginia shared that over the years the event has grown. She says over 56 countries will be represented during the festival with approximately 50 vendors including 13 food vendors.
“The festival started very small as a way to celebrate different cultural heritages. When people come out on Saturday that’s what you’ll see, a multi-cultural explosion,” said Spencer.
The Local Colors Festival will begin at 11 a.m. at Elmwood Park with an opening ceremony and then a parade. For more information about the festival, click here.