Every Saturday through May 17, 2014, Latin culture comes alive at SeaWorld Orlando's Viva La Musica Festival. Now in its eighth year, this fun, family-friendly event is a place where guests can savor authentic Latin food, see and buy local art and hear the hottest bands from all over Latin America.
With more than 20 years' experience - and a lifetime enjoying countless Caribbean and Latin dishes - SeaWorld's own Executive Chef Héctor Colόn has brought new flavors to traditional favorites: skirt steak with sriracha sauce, rice and beans and sweet and succulent plantains, just for starters.
It's a great place to challenge your taste buds, too. Try a chicharrón. Don't know what that is? It's a fried pork rind, popular in Andalucía, Spain and in Latin America. And don't forget to try a made-to-order margarita or mojito.
Local artists, all with Spanish and Latin heritage, have come out to show their wares, as well. Colorful pottery and jewelry made with organic materials like dried lemon and limes, grasses and seeds are beautifully displayed and all are for sale at a moderate price.
You can even watch Pablo Brull paint a portrait or landscape on any given day.
Best of all, there's music everywhere. DJs spin, local bands play and on Saturdays during Viva la Mύsica, there's live performances from award-winning Latin artists.
2010 Latin Grammy Winners Chino & Nacho performed on opening day. They were once part of a boy band and now they are one of the hottest bands in their country, Venezuela.
La India, who sings salsa and house music plays on May 3; Víctor Manuelle, who is a successful Latin Grammy nominated American-born Puerto Rican salsa singer, plays on May 10th Olga Tañón, who has she has earned two Grammy Awards, three Latin Grammy Awards, plays on May 17!
And don't forget to be on the lookout for SeaWorld's surprise squad during their Sea of Surprises 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Viva La Musica!
See more of our festival images in our photo album.
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