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Head south, far south, for folk fair

Learn, observe and taste the traditional cultures and flavors from a continent mostly below the equator during the South American Folk Fair.

This year’s theme is “Sudamérica Gastronómica.” The third annual event on Sunday, May 21, will feature food, music and traditional dance from various countries including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Artists and crafters also will be on hand selling their pieces.

“We’re going to be doing several dances,” event organizer Jackie Zamora said. “There will be two rounds each of folkloric dancing throughout the afternoon. … People can come out and sample tons of food and then check out the dances.”

Each vendor will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the numerous food offerings representing each South American country. Local chefs who have either established themselves in town or in their home countries will be showcasing their foods, Zamora said.

“Each vendor is in charge of doing that for their table,” Zamora said. “I also will be seeing over the event and teaching each vendor, letting people know what they can expect of each booth. Also South American businesses will showcase their business and bring their items. We’re raffling gift certificates and gift vouchers.”

Get ready to do some dancing starting at 4 p.m., when Puerto Rican salsa singer Frankie Vázquez takes the stage. He will be backed by a talented line of local musicians.

“After people eat to their hearts’ content and watch tons of dances they can stay for the dance portion,” Zamora said. “It will be a big salsa celebration, a big salsa dance party.”