West Chicago's Inaugural Food Festival Offers a Taste of a Mexican Tradition

Continuing in the spirit of the One West Chicago Initiative which embraces community diversity, the City of West Chicago and the West Chicago Public Library District are partnering to offer attendees of the City’s inaugural Food Festival an opportunity to learn more about a beloved Mexican tradition.


Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead honors loved ones who have passed through the creation of ofrendas or altars that display their favorite things such as food, drinks and other traditional items. Participants of the Food Festival will have a chance to recreate their version of the famous calaveritas or sugar skulls using marshmallows and edible markers for a community altar which will be on display at the City Museum through November 15, 2018, as well as making one to take home.

Those wishing to participate should stop by the City booth for instructions and supplies. Quantities are limited, and attendees are encouraged to come early. The activity will provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about this important holiday and its meaning. “Day of the Dead is a tradition that in a way transcends cultural boundaries. By teaching and learning about this very important holiday, we are learning a little bit about our neighbors and their values which are a reflection of the West Chicago community,” said Adrian Marquez, City of West Chicago’s Community Outreach Specialist.

The West Chicago Food Festival is organized by the City of West Chicago and a committee of dedicated volunteers, and will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in downtown West Chicago. For more information or questions, contact Bethany Bayci at bbayci@westchicago.org.

One West Chicago is a call to action to broaden participation in community leadership, invest in long-term relationships and form partnerships with all members of the West Chicago community to reinforce that there is One West Chicago, made stronger by its diversity.

Attendees of this weekend’s Food Festival in West Chicago will get a taste of a beloved Mexican tradition.


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