In 1968 Hispanic Heritage Month was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a law making it a month-long celebration. Unlike most national holiday observations Hispanic Heritage month runs from September 15th to October 15th. September 15th was chosen as the starting date because it is the independence day of five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. During this month we strive to recognize the many contributions, cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino/Hispanic community.
One way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage is through food. While the foods within the Hispanic community are similar they also vary greatly. From Puerto Rican Mofongo to Cuban Sandwiches to Nicaraguan Carne Asada to Mexican Tamales – food unites us all. We will be sharing some recipes and highlighting some places where you can pick some up to try for yourself as well as sharing some recipes.
September 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Polk County Parks & Recreation’s Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Eloise Resource Center
October 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm