Carnitas Cook-off featured at Festival de la Comunidad

The Carnitas Cook-off is the highlight of the annual Festival de la Comunidad, which offers free entertainment all evening, as well as a variety of vendor and food booths on Saturday, Sept. 30, 5-10:30 p.m. at Rotary Park.
The Hispanic Advisory Committee has been working hard in preparation for this week’s Festival de la Comunidad, planned for Saturday, Sept. 30. From left are (front) Dagoberto Fierros, Ismael Castro, Maria Gutierrez, Leticia Quirarte, Rosa Vasquez, Alicia Chavez, Gina Campbell and Yolanda Alanis: Crescencio Mejía, Marisela Duran, Dick Holdstock, Baldo Arce, Ramon Altamirano, Al Vallecillo, Jesse Loren, Alfonso Salas and Noe Solaria. Photo by Woody Fridae

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All are invited to the annual Festival de la Comunidad, planned for Saturday, Sept. 30, 5-10:30 p.m. at Rotary Park. There will be live music and dancing with Mariachi Puente, Calidanza Folklorico and three more bands, and bounce houses for children to enjoy. A large selection of vendor booths will offer their goods and provide information to the community.

Inside the Community Center, six carnitas teams will compete to win First, Second, and the People’s Choice awards. All booths are eligible to compete for the Best Booth award. Carnitas plates includes a variety of carnitas, and beans, rice, tortillas, salsa and a drink for $15 per person. Beer, soda, churros and other items will be for sale.

There is a Piggy Raffle taking place prior to the event. Two 250-pound pigs, valued at $250 each, will each be raffled for $5 per ticket. The winners can pick up their prizes later at Messina Meats. The butchering is included. Tickets are available for sale from Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC) members, at City Hall and inside of Adry’s Clothing Store on Main Street.

“This is a perfect opportunity for a person who wants to make carnitas or roast a whole pig on a barbecue for a party,” says Dagoberto Fierros, city staff. “The plant does not cut and wrap, but at the winner’s expense, the animal can be delivered to an agreeable place of cut and wrap.”

Entertainment schedule

~  4:30-5:30 p.m., Des Conocidos

~  5:25 p.m., Bienvenidos

~  5-5:30 p.m., Mariachi Puente (inside Community Center)

~  5:30-6 p.m., Mariachi Puente, (outside Community Center)

~  6-6:30 p.m., Folklorico Calidanza

~  6:30-6:50 p.m., Zumba de Winters


~  7-9 p.m., Los Latidos

~  9-10:30 p.m., Quarto Lamento

~  10 p.m., pig raffle, 50/50 faffle

Hispanic Advisory Committee

Over the past decade, Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee members have worked together with city staff and community volunteers to foster open communication, outreach and understanding between the City of Winters and the Latino community.

“The Festival de la Comunidad has been one of their greatest successes, creating an event that celebrates our community and the rich cultural diversity that makes Winters such a special place,” says Fierros.

Some of the HAC’s accomplishments include:

~  U.S. citizenship forums.

~  Immigration informational forum attended by over 100 with over 1000 viewers on Facebook Live.

~  Donated $1,500 to the Munchkin Youth Summer Camp program

~  Putah Creek Council summer internship program

~  Winters AYSO U-12 boys soccer team to compete in the 2017 Davis World Cup Tournament.

~  Literacy programs including English learner classes, money management and computer literacy for the community.

~  Community garden construction at the new Walnut Park

For more information about the HAC, the Piggy Raffle or the Festival de la Comunidad, contact Dagoberto Fierros at (530) 794-6760 or

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