CATCH the colour, food and tradition of Latin American culture come alive in the city when Meyers Place Latin Fiesta happens this October. Diana Ponce has more.
Tucked away in one of Melbourne’s many laneways is the returning Meyers Place Latin Fiesta, which will be running its second year of festivities on October 11.
Taking inspiration from the Sunday street markets of Sal Telmo — a bohemian suburb that remains one of the most popular and oldest suburbs in Buenos Aires, Argentina — organisers of the Meyers Place Latin Fiesta wanted to re-create that typical Sunday by populating the laneway with an assortment of stalls, vendors and partying.
Stalls and vendors outside out on the street will be selling Latin crafts, luchador masks and other fashionable items for visitors wishing to purchase a few trinkets to remember the day by.
Meyer Place’s bars and restaurants will also be getting in on the action as Sal Telmo, Lily Blacks, Mr Big Stuff, Loop and Loop Roof will be providing Latin inspired food and drinks throughout the day.
And what’s a Latin party without some dancing? If you’re up for it, you can also milonga tango the day away as the swelling rhythm of Latin music fills up Meyers Place.
Conversely, visitors can also take lessons on the day and learn how to salsa, merengue, samba or even learn some capoeira — the Brazillian martial art that fuses dancing and acrobatics!
Best of all, entrance to the festival is absolutely free!
To learn more about Meyers Place Latin Street Festival, visit the event’s official Facebook page. The festival is also hosting a competition for one lucky winner to hold an exclusive dinner party for four people across five of Meyer Place’s best venues.