Sunnyside Shines – Sunnyside Latin History Month Festival

(As of December 2020)

Sunnyside Restaurant Week in its 9th year and included over 40 participating restaurants serving Latino cuisine in recognition of our Latin History Month theme; highlighted restaurants included Colombian, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Venezuelan, Salvadoran, Mexican, and Paraguayan-owned establishments.

An ofrenda was erected on 46thStreet in Sunnyside, the ofrenda served as an example of this memorial art, and allowed individuals from the community to share mementos and photos of their loved ones who had passed away from COVID-19.

A local Mexican bakery in our community was engaged to produce pan de muerto to be distributed to attendees. This sweet bread is traditionally eaten on Dia de los Muertos and is used as an offering on the ofrendas.

(As of June 2020)

Engaged neighborhood businesses and residents in recognizing the contribution of Latino heritage and culture to the neighborhood, while helping to beautify Sunnyside’s storefronts.    

The first place window, with a reward of $500, will be chosen by a panel of community members involved in the Community Advisory Committee, and a second “People’s Choice” award of $250 will be given to the business with the most votes in an online poll conducted by Sunnyside Shines.

Sunnyside Shines maintains a robust list of merchant profiles of their Corridor’s merchants on their website; they are constantly adding to this bank of profiles.  During Latino History Month2020, they will publish a series of merchant profiles focusing on merchants of Latino heritage, spotlighting their hard work and outstanding products and services.  They aim to publish a minimum of 8 new profiles during this time, and to partner with the local newspaper, the Woodside Herald, on putting these profiles into print alongside their digital platforms.

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