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A popular festival punctuates summer at the Mercado, on S.E. Foster Road in the Foster-Powell neighborhood

DAVID F. ASHTON - Setting the mood, at this years Taste of Latin America at the Portland Mercado on Foster Road, was Grupo Latitudes. The Portland Mercado was even more lively than usual on Saturday, August 13th, because their annual "Taste of Latin America" fiesta was in full swing, starting at noon.

Scores of people, including lots of family groups, had arrived to experience this free immersive celebration of Latin American culture and cuisine at the Mercado, along S.E. Foster Road at 72nd Avenue.

In addition to the Mercado's famous food carts, the fiesta also featured more than a dozen local vendors, representing cultures from across Central and South America.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Here, enjoying lunch at the Taste of Latin America festival, we found Louisa and Brian from the Woodstock neighborhood. And, on their stage throughout the day, a lineup of local Latinx artists performed — such as "Queen of Electro-Pop" Frankie Simone; Puerto Rican lofi hip hop beat maker "Luvjonez"; and the infectious Andes pan-pipes-and-guitar rhythms of "Grupo Latitudes".

There's always something happening at the Portland Mercado — and once a year, that something is the "Taste of Latin America". To find out what's going on right now — and, no doubt, something is — go online:

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