Red hot Chile fiesta

LATINOS will heat up Fairfield Showgrounds with their passionate love affair with food, dance and music this Sunday.

It will be the second time this year a Latin festival has been held here.

But this time the event will also celebrate Chile's independence day which is a week after the festival.

Consequently, September is a festive season for Chileans, said festival organiser Maria Galvez.

"If we don't have an event like this we usually have a huge party at home with traditional food and music," she said. "It's an excuse for us to get together and spend time with family."

Mrs Galvez aims to bring all Latin communities together "for one big party".

"We want to create a place where the Latin community can gather to celebrate all that we love since we are so far away from our roots," she said.

Local dancer Catherine Monsalve, 27, will be performing the traditional Chilean dance called cueca.

"The dance has an elegant style but the story is about a boy trying to get the girl's attention while the girl plays hard to get," she said.

The festival organisers expect big crowds after its first event — in April — attracted over 3000 people.

This time, the event will stage well-known Chilean group La NoChe and a performance by The Folkloric Ballet of Chile — more commonly known as BAFOCHI.

There will be Latin food stalls, arts and craft stall, face painting and rides for the kids.

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