H.O.L.A. Lakeway hosts third annual Latin Food Festival at Rose Center

Maria Romero holds a delicious homemade Honduran delicacy with lettuce, tomatoes, avocadoes, hot sauce and cheese.

Erin Roth, of Morristown, stood in line, waiting to taste the cuisine from the Venezuala booth.

Even in a steady rain, there was a long line for those wanting to taste the cuisine of Venezuala.

Roth, a local English Langauge Learner teacher, said she had not yet had a chance to taste the scrumptious food of Latin America Saturday. But, she made a promise she would.

“Absolutely,” Roth said. “Everything.”

The Hispanic Outreach Leadership Association held its third annual Lakeway Latin Food Festival Saturday at the Rose Center.

The festivities started at 11 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m.

KC Alvarado, president of HOLA, said that even with the rain there were strong numbers for the event.

“We’ve seen probably three to 400 people come through,” Alvarado said.

A lot of new faces were also seen.

“We’re starting to see people from other Lakeway communities,” Alvarado said.

The city blocked off North Jackson and West Second streets for the event. As the rain came down, flags from several Latin American countries still fluttered in front of the Rose Center.

HOLA was created more than three years ago as positive integration for Latinos and Hispanics.

Each year, HOLA showcases Hispanic and Latino culture through food in its biggest festival of the year.

Erin Roth, also an ELL teacher and part Mexican, said she had come to the event every year.

She said she loved it and love tasting the dishes.

“I try to get the ones I can’t make myself,” she said, laughing.