Midstate Chamber celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Taste of Salsa’ in Meriden

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MERIDEN — The Midstate Chamber of Commerce gathered the community for an evening of dancing and salsa tasting last week on the Meriden Green.

Taste of Salsa, postponed from an earlier date because of rain, finally happened on Oct. 12.

Attendees were greeted with Spanish music playing over speakers. They danced, purchased raffle tickets for gift baskets and sampled salsa for the salsa contest. 

Proceeds from the raffle went to scholarships for Latino students, said Rosanne Ford, president of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce,

The dancing broke for a speech from Marisol Rodriguez, chairperson of the Chamber’s Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action (HOLA.) 

“Thank you all for showing up,” Rodriguez said. “We couldn’t have done it without your support.”

The participants in the salsa tasting contest — Mr. Taco, Pancheros, and La Poblanita Grocery — were rated by the crowd through cheering.

“With it being Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to highlight Latino owned businesses in Meriden,” said Rodriguez. “They donated the chips and salsa for our contest.”

At first it was a tie between Pancheros and Mr. Taco but after another go Mr. Taco won with the loudest cheers. 

Guests were also treated to a special performance by the Spanish Community of Wallingford’s Mariachi Los Laureles del Monte and Mariachi Herencia. 

“The students had so much fun performing,” said Saul Olivas, assistant teacher at SCOW, who played harp with the students. “For some students, this was their first time performing and I'm glad they enjoyed it.”    

Rodriguez encourages the community to join HOLA. 

“If you have the time and want to help make a change in this community then HOLA is for you,” said Rodriguez. “HOLA has been part of many events that have helped the Latino Community and we will continue to do so.”

For more information on HOLA visit: https://www.midstatechamber.com/membership/member-services/hispanic-outreach-leaders-in-action/


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