Crafts, cuisines and cars will honor Hispanic culture, but organizer needs more artsy students for Hecho a Mano booths by Sept. 29.
By Tress-Marie Landa
Tricked-out lowriders, Tex-Mex foods and handmade crafts will be at this college’s annual Antojitos Festival and Hecho a Mano show 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 30 in the mall.
As Hispanic Heritage Month continues, the event will embrace the spirit of celebration and culture of the vibrant Latino world.
The word “antojitos” translates to “little cravings” in Spanish and relates to the most popular Mexican foods that will be sold, said Carrie Hernandez, senior student success specialist and event coordinator.
“Our intention was to have on-campus clubs sell foods with a Hispanic flavor, like tacos, tamales, gorditas, quesadillas, chalupas, elote, … tortas,” she said.
The festival also will include non-Hispanic foods and beverages.
“With so many on-campus clubs wanting to participate, we decided to open up our food selection to anything a group would sell at a festival to include everyone and make it easier to participate,” Hernandez said.
Students will have the opportunity to sell their crafts for their own profit, while exposing their art to those who attend.
“The Hecho A Mano part of the event is to allow our students, staff and faculty to sell their handmade arts and projects as a fundraiser for themselves,” she said. “This is the only time that we waive the vendor fee to sell on campus.”
Clubs and organizations must get their booths approved by student life in Room 260 of Loftin Student Center by Sept. 29.
So far there has only been one student, Rachel Sandoval, Phi Theta Kappa member, who has signed up to sell her homemade soaps at the event.
In the spirit of celebration, the festival will include music by a DJ from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The featured attraction, 10 lowrider cars, will be on display between 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
“This campus has a high percentage of Hispanic students,” Hernandez said.
“Antojitos Festival is so ideal, because our Latino culture loves any excuse to celebrate with a big fiesta,” she said. “We love connecting with people, and when we have guests in my home, we say ‘Mi casa es su casa.’
“So, to our SAC students, I’d like to say, ‘our campus is your campus.’ Let’s celebrate our diversity.”
For more information, call Hernandez at 210-486-0128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.