Festival de la Comunidad returns Sept. 24

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Winters Community Corazón
Special to the Express

Winters Community Corazón is proud to announce the return of the Festival de la Comunidad, aka “Carnitas Festival”. Bring the whole family out for our Community Festival at Winters Community Center and Rotary Park on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 4:30–10:30 p.m.

Over the past decade, members of the Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee have worked together with city staff and community volunteers to foster open communication, outreach and understanding between the City of Winters staff and the Latinx Community. The Festival de la Comunidad has been one of their greatest successes and it is now being co-organized by the Winters Community Corazón, a new non-profit foundation in Winters. Their goal is to continue to create an event that celebrates our community and the rich cultural diversity that makes Winters such a special place.

Past donations have gone to support the Munchkin Summer Camp program that enriches academic success for Winters students in first through eighth grades, U.S. Citizenship forums to help residents become citizens, sponsorship of Summer Internships with Putah Creek Council for Winters High School graduates to provide STEM experience to young people, and so much more.

At this year’s event, there will be live music and dancing, featuring Bonanza Kings, Koyasan Spirit of Children Taiko Group, Mariachi Puente, Folklorico and more. The children’s area features free activities including bounce houses, face painting and other activities. A large selection of booths will offer their goods and provide information to the community. There is no cost to attend the event.

Six carnitas teams will compete to win First, Second, and Third place. All booths are eligible to compete for the Best Booth Award. Delicious carnitas plates, which include our featured Festival Carnitas from our cooks, and El Pueblo’s famous 

beans, rice, tortillas, and salsa sell for $20 a plate. 

Limited sale Dinner tickets can be pre-purchased at https://tinyurl.com/2p88ka4x.

All proceeds from the sale of the carnitas plates support this event, programs, and scholarships that support our community. Beer, sangria, soda, snack booths, and food truck items will also be for sale.

For more information, to be a vendor, reserve a booth, or cook carnitas, contact festival coordinators at Festival@winterscorazon.org or Al@winterscorazon.org.

An event has been set up for the Festival de la Comunidad on Facebook at https://tinyurl.com/4kuxctk2.

More information regarding how to apply to participate in the Carnitas Cook-Off and how to reserve a booth at the event is available on page 3 of this week’s edition of the Express.

Festival origins
The first festival the Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee organized was “Festival de la Cosecha” held on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007. It had food and some entertainment for children. Many of the same folks that organized the first event are still organizing today.

In 2008, the second festival was held, but no longer named “Cosecha” after the harvest. It gained the new name “Festival de la Comunidad” and featured a Carnitas Cook-off.

There have been three years without a Festival de La Comunidad. In 2015 — when the hard work of bringing Pacific Gas & Electric to Winters was the main city focus —HAC didn’t have a festival, and again in 2020 and 2021 due to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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