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Event shares Mexican culture with the community

Kara Fox/Sierra SunLeticia Ansaldo cooks quesadillas with pork in her Kings Beach home Friday for a party. She and her husband, Pedro Brito, will sell homemade Mexican food at the Mexican Independence Day Street Fair on Saturday in Kings Beach.

Pedro Brito remembers his mother making huaraches when he was a boy in Mexico City. The handmade dough kneaded to perfection, the juicy meat filling, spicy salsa and added accompaniments made the perfect snack for special events.

Now Brito and his wife, Leticia Ansaldo, make the Mexican dish for their own fiestas. The couple will share the Mexican specialty with the entire community Saturday during a Mexican Independence Day Street Fair in Kings Beach, sponsored by the North Tahoe Business Association, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Creciendo Unidos/Creating Alternatives.

Food will be the highlight of the six-hour event, with Mexican faire such as tamales, posole, sopapillas, empanadas, tacos, enchiladas and more. Live music, a DJ, agency booths and games will also round out the cultural event.

“I’ve been thinking about it for years,” Sylvia Doignon, a facilitator for Creciendo Unidos and Creating Alternatives, said about the street fair. “What I want is to make people aware what wonderful food there is and that we can be happy together. I hope it will be a good event and we can have it next year.”

Doignon, who also grew up in Mexico City, said she remembers attending street parties this time of year and wanted to bring that to Kings Beach.

Diana Cristales-David, who is from El Salvador, said she has similar memories.

“It was something that we grew up seeing and we wanted to see it here,” Cristales-David said.

As for Brito and Ansaldo, who will make huaraches and other Mexican dishes, they want to share a piece of their culture with the larger community.

“I just really want to expose our culture and for people to enjoy it,” Doignon said of the event.

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