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Posted on: December 17, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Latin American Festival comes to Clayton

Miss Hispanic Heritage Johnston County

The Harvest Festival is a fall staple in Clayton. In previous years over 30,000 people have attended the festival and participated in the fun and feasting. After a COVID-19 induced cancellation last year, Harvest Festival is back. This year the Clayton Chamber of Commerce is proud to organize and host the Harvest Festival. Compare Foods, a Clayton business, is excited to welcome and present the Latin American Festival. 

The Latin American Festival will take place on Sunday, October 31, from 12 pm to 5 pm. We invite you to join us and Clayton's Latin American Community in Town Square for performances, food trucks, and vendors.

Starting at noon, vendors and food trucks will fill Town Square. Below are a few featured food trucks that serve Latin food. Dishes range from traditional to Latin-inspired, so there will be something for everyone to taste and enjoy.

El Kalifas

El Kalifas is a local food truck, often serving in Raleigh and surrounding areas. They are known for their tacos, quesabirrias, and carnitas. Check out their Instagram for pics of their food at

Food TruckImage from MexiArepa Grill’s Facebook Page

MexiArepa Grill is a family-owned and operated food truck that has been in business since 2018. They serve a unique fusion of Venezuelan - Tex Mex cuisine.

The festival is also hosting a variety of entertainment.

Takiri Folclor Latino dancers will perform in Town Square from 1 pm to 2 pm. This dance group cultivates and celebrates tradition. Takiri is a Quechua (South American/Peruvian) word that means "He who creates music and dance." Watch out for their beautiful Cumbia skirts, so you don't miss their performance. 

You can find more information about Takiri Folclor Latino on their website.

Miss Hispanic Heritage Johnston CountyPhoto Courtesy of:

The first-ever Miss Hispanic Heritage Johnston County, Kimberly Cortez Manzanares, will also be attending the festival. Miss Hispanic Heritage Johnston County is a 6-month long competition open to young women in local high schools. Each competitor chooses a 501(c)3 designated charity, and whoever raises the most money between March and September will be crowned the winner.

Grupo Alto CalibrePhoto Courtesy of

Festival performances will conclude with Grupo Alto Calibre, a three-piece band specializing in upbeat tempos and Latin music genres such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Bachata. Lead singer Rafael Perez started Alto Calibre in Puerto Rico as a twelve-piece Merengue and Salsa Band. After relocating to North Carolina, Perez restructured his group to create a smaller line-up. 

Read more about Grupo Alto Calibre on their entertainment company's website.

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