Next weekend the 90-mile gap between America and Cuba gets a little smaller when the Cuban Heritage Festival kicks off at the Marathon Community Park (MM49, Gulf). Dominoes, roasted pork y dancing, all rolled into one – just the like authentic hand-rolled cigars event organizer Angel Cabrera has brought in to complete the Cuban experience.

“It came about because of the desire of several local businesses to give back to the community,” Cabrera said, “And this event would not have been possible without Ivan Tile, Villa Blanca, Lencho’s, and Radio Ritmo (102.5FM).”

$8 tickets are already on sale, and gate tickets will be available for $10 on the day of the celebration that features a cooking contest to find out who has the tastiest roasted pork, platillo moros y cristianos, y yucca you can get this side of the gulf stream.

The deciding factor for the cook-off will be the crowd, who will also serve as judges for the Ms. Cuban Heritage Festival and the dance contest with island rhythms like the Salsa, Rumba, Mambo y an upbeat derivation of the Rumba, the Cha-Cha-Cha.

Other competitions include dominos, checkers, chess and ping-pong tournaments where winners could take home purses of $500 to $1,000.

Niñas between the ages of 13-19 can win $250 and a crown that comes with the distinction of being named Ms. Marathon Cuban Heritage Festival.

Cabrera has also enlisted two professional baby sitters who will be mind the niños while ma and pa enjoy the festivities.

While Cuba is a mere 90 miles away, the distance often seems much greater, so for those wishing to enjoy a fine hand-rolled cigar, café con leche, and cortaditos while flipping dominoes, the Cuban Heritage Festival will take place next Sunday, August 29.

For more information, please call Angel Cabrera at (305) 942-6953 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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