As the city of Clearwater continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Community Redevelopment Agency and City of Clearwater are excited to welcome the Clearwater Hispanic Farmers Market to downtown. The market will be launching on Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This new two-day, weekend-long market will take place at the northwest corner of Court Street and Myrtle Avenue at 710 Court St. on the third weekend of each month. This market aims to create a Hispanic cultural experience.
The grand opening of the Clearwater Hispanic Farmers Market will include an 11 a.m. Saturday ribbon-cutting ceremony with Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard and performances by three folklore children’s dancing groups: Grupo Mahetzi, Grupo Sones de Mexico, and Grupo Raices de Mexico.
“The Clearwater Hispanic Farmers Market is a unique farmers market that celebrates the Hispanic Heritage and creates a cultural experience through folklore dancing groups, story-telling and children singing, said Market Director Dina Ramos. “It is enriched by our vendors, artisans, and local farmers with vegetables, fruits, plants and flowers.
“We have the Vision of lifting the Hispanic Community, celebrating our Heritage and contributions to this country. We are looking to help people by providing a financial opportunity to develop their business, while at the same time creating a bond of unity within society by creating a cultural experience. We are focusing on providing a family-oriented atmosphere where children’s talents and potential will have the focus. We are building our society for a better tomorrow and we have many more plans that are in the cooking pot for now.
“This market will bring a twist of flavor with delicious Latin cuisine, Spanish music, and Latin American hand-made crafts and a day filled with fun for the family. We believe in supporting small businesses to build a stronger community of intercultural heritages and establish the market as a landmark attraction in the heart of downtown Clearwater. We are excited and so thankful for the support we have received from the City’s CRA Department, Howard Smith, Eric Santiago, Lelia Peterson and, of course, from Mayor Hibbard.”
Upcoming Clearwater Hispanic Farmers Markets will occur on November 20 and 21 and December 18 and 19.
November’s event will also be fun with another performance group and, a dance teacher with children, demonstrating the famous “Bomba” dance.
In December there is going to be a “La Voz” Children’s singing contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Children will be singing in Spanish. The registration fee is $25 registration fee.
Future plans include a fashion show in which children will parade cultural costumes from various countries that display the Hispanic Heritage.
The event is dog-friendly.
Visitors to the market can take advantage of free parking one block north at the Clearwater Municipal Services Building parking garage, located at 640 Pierce St.
For more information, contact Clearwater Hispanic Farmers Market Director Dina Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clearwater Hispanic Farmers Market
710 Court St., Clearwater
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