To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden celebrate its fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11.
Highlights include its signature Quinceañera Fashion Show, live musical performances from Havana NRG and Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda, cooking demonstrations, food, and vendors. The Hispanic Heritage Celebration is included for all paid garden guests, but advanced online ticket reservations are required.
The festival starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 inside Rosine Hall with the much anticipated Quinceañera Fashion Show. Select participants showcase their quinceañera dresses and share their favorite traditions and future plans.
Guest emcees are Adriana López, producer and host at Telemundo 39, and the Honorable Pauline Medrano, Dallas County treasurer.
Following the show, the young women parade through the garden alongside music played by Mariachi Rosas Divinas, North Texas’ first all-female mariachi ensemble, allowing even more guests to see their dresses.
Dallas city officials and other guests are scheduled to attend the Quinceañera Fashion Show and welcome participants, their families, and garden visitors.
“The Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Dallas Arboretum has grown in popularity these past few years, and we are excited to celebrate this event’s fifth year with plenty of fun for the family,” said Mario Quintanilla, Dallas Arboretum board member and Hispanic Heritage Celebration chair.
Throughout the garden, the Dallas Arboretum has planned activities celebrating Hispanic culture and traditions including vendors, dance and musical performances, and cooking demonstrations.
Highlighting the diversity of Hispanic cuisine, these cooking demonstrations feature the expertise of four distinguished chefs, including Mexican American dishes from Chef Sara Carlock of Amor y Queso, Puerto Rican influences from Chef Isabel Snetsinger of the Dallas Arboretum and Gil’s Elegant Catering, Colombian cooking by Chef Dunia Borga of La Duni, and exquisite Dominican flavors courtesy of Chef Miriam Jiménez of Miriam’s Cocina Latina.
For more on the Hispanic Heritage Celebration, visit this website.