This past weekend my husband and I accidentally attended one of the festivals at the Delaware River waterfront. I say accidently, because we did not know it was happening until, while driving to do some errands, my husband spotted some folks crossing Columbus Blvd with pineapples full of pina colada smoothies in hand. We circled back, parked the car and hurried over to check out the festivities.
The festival we stumbled onto was the “Hispanic Fiesta” one of a summer-long series of festivals sponsered along the waterfront. Each festival has a different cultural theme with food and music to celebrate that culture. And if you need only one reason to check out these festivals, it is the food!
The first thing that we did was to get in line for a pineapple drink. In past years, we have come to other festivals along the Delaware, seen the pineapple drinks, even gotten in line to purchase the delicious libation – only to be told that the small stands were sold out. Well, not this year! This year there were plenty of smoothy-filled pineapple to go around, which was a boon with the sweltering heat. Next, we ordered tacos (spicy for him, mild for my less adventurous palate). They are pictured above in all their deliciousness. Years ago, the only version of taco that I was familiar with was ground beef, salsa and shredded cheese. These tacos were on a whole other level, with the lime juice really setting off the flavor of the meat and cilantro. I can think of no better summer meal!
This is the third time we have attended one of the multicultural festivals at the waterfront, and each time has been a coincidence. The festivals run all summer long, and yet, I’m not sure where they are advertized. I listen to the radio, read local news and actually do take note of banners and advertizements at bus stations, but I have yet to see these fun events plugged. So let’s spread the word! Find the schedule for future festivals at the waterfront HERE.