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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in Dutchess

Date Published: September 24, 2021

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, people express and celebrate their love of an identity that is both multicultural and united by a common language: Spanish. Right now, experience vibrant art reflecting important historical events and taste authentic flavors in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2020) in Dutchess County!


Start your day with some inspiration by visiting Ecuadorian graffiti artist Lady Pink’s mural on the side of Pancho Villa Deli and Mexican Restaurant, at 550 Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Her mural commands the long brick wall along Main Street and depicts not only traditional Mexican images like a sugar-skulled style young girl for Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), but also depicts Central Americans, South Americans, and African Americans in the public piece among an animated landscape. Once you’ve finished admiring this mural, step into Pancho Villa Deli and Mexican Restaurant to experience “El Sabor de Mexico” (The taste of Mexico).  Next, visit the Poughkeepsie Public Library to see "Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit: Esperanza – Heritage and Hope,” a curated display of local artists at the Rotunda Gallery. Year-round programming, events and activities in Spanish presented by the library are available.


​What is a celebration without food?! Here are some of our top authentic, Hispanic-owned businesses you have to try! 

Hailing from the state of Oaxaca (pronounced “wa-ha-ka”) – the food capital of Mexico – La Cabanita: Cocina de Oaxaca has been serving 100% authentic Mexican cuisine right here in the Hudson Valley since 2003. Staying true to tradition, in each plate La Familia Pinelo-Cardenas captures a unique part of Oaxaca by using traditional slow-roasting techniques with only fresh ​herbs and spices. Bring your family and friends and try one of their delicious dishes made fresh from the griddle or a specialty cocktail! After a big plate of savory Oaxacan-goodness, head over to El Chapulin Colorado in Poughkeepsie, for authentic Mexican desserts. Choose from fresh fruit salads drizzled with chamoy; a spicy honey-like sauce, or a smoothie encased in large pineapple with chunks of fruit, which is a common street-style way of serving it in Mexico! 

For the perfect empanada or dessert to go with a hot cup of coffee visit Los Hornitos Bakery and Restaurant, a warm and welcoming Chilean shop in Wappingers Falls. Named after the famous Chilean restaurant where owners Hector and Monica first met, Los Hornitos pays tribute to their roots and nostalgic memories. From their menu try fresh-baked bread, signature empanadas, and desserts! Custom cakes and catering are also available. 

“Bringing visitors La Isla Del Encanto (The Island of Enchantment) Inland One Dish At A Time”, Cafe Con Leche is a family-owned and operated, authentic Puerto Rican eatery in Wappingers Falls. Serving traditional plates from mofongo, pastelillos, and pernil to new American concoctions like coquito latte and iced Bustelo coffee – one trip is not enough! Cafe con Lecha was just awarded Hudson Valley Magazine’s ‘Best of the Hudson Valley for Latin Cuisine and Best Caribbean Cusine!’.

While in the area, quench your thirst at Casa Ortega located in the heart of the Village of Wappingers. A must-try is the refreshing Paloma made with tequila, grapefruit liqueur, freshly squeezed grapefruit, lime, and passionfruit juice. If you wanting a bit of a kick, try the Kiwita made with vodka, peach liqueur, homemade kiwi marmalade, lime juice and served in a chili powder rimmed glass. Also specializing in modern and traditional Mexican cuisine, this family-owned business serves lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. 

If you’re looking for more Puerto Rican flavors with a perfect balance of savory and sweet, stop by Izla in Fishkill. This casual dining restaurant offers made-to-order food with complex flavors but no processed ingredients. They strive to create dishes that have a feels-like-home taste using traditional preparation methods rooted in Caribbean and Spanish cuisine.

Check back for new events happening during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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