PALMDALE – Poncitlan Square in Palmdale was the place to be on Saturday, as residents of all ages and backgrounds came together for the 19th Annual Antelope Valley Heritage Festival.
Attendees were treated to a day of back-to-back performances from groups representing cultures from around the world. Several participating restaurants provided a wide variety of free ethnic food samples, including George’s Inka Grill (Peru), Mahli’s (India), Fresco II (Mediterranean), El Carbonero (El Salvador), Mi Ranchito (Mexico), and Outback Steakhouse (Australia). And booths hosted by local nonprofit organizations provided information on various community services.
“Cultural events such as the Heritage Festival are important in the Antelope Valley because we are one of the most diverse areas, not just in our county or just in our state, but in the entire United States,” said Robert Alvarado, one of the founding members of the Festival. “We want people to know that we have a rich, diverse community in the Antelope Valley and they are welcome to come out once a year and celebrate with us.”
New to this year’s Festival was a Kid’s Corner, featuring special kids’ crafts and a free lunch. The Festival also featured a Local Artist Corner that showcased artists from the Antelope Valley community.
“Today we celebrate the beautiful diversity of the Antelope Valley,” said Lancaster Human Relations Tapestry Commissioner Miguel Coronado. “America is beautiful not only because she offers life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but also because she has the most gorgeous diversity and united colors in the world,” Coronado continued.
“So many different cultures from around the world are represented here today, and comprise the fabric of what makes Palmdale and the Antelope Valley a truly great community,” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford stated.
Sights from the AV International Heritage Festival
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