Comida y cantos

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Perhaps it's because of the abundance of Latin-American restaurants in the area, but it seems like there are times when nothing's more comforting than eating paella while listening to flamenco. Or noshing on a cubano sandwich while hearing Afro-Cuban jazz. Or pairing some fish tacos with mariachi music. Luckily, there's the Latin Food & Music Festival on Sunday, September 29, to bring authentic Latino food, music and dance together. Organized by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and happening from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Southside Park (2115 Sixth Street), the lineup includes Mexican folk dance from Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes de Sacramento and Peruvian dance from Club Perú de Sacramento; music by Pepe y su Orquesta and Conjunto Alegre; and food vendors representing some of the more-than-20 Latino countries in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. For more information and updates on the diverse food and music lineup, visit