Hamilton Latino Festival comes to aid of vendors washed out at Oakville celebration


Published August 18, 2023 at 4:09 pm

This weekend's Hamilton Latino Festival made space for Oakville vendors after a storm destroyed tents, food and goods at the Oakville Latino Festival earlier this month. OLF PHOTO

As far as this year’s Oakville Latino Festival went, when it rained, it poured.

Thanks to their Latino brothers and sisters in Hamilton, there’s a sunny ending to their summer.

Hamilton Latino Festival organizers are stepping up this weekend to help their neighbours to the east after the Oakville celebration, scheduled Aug. 11 to 13 at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, was flooded by a heavy downpour and cut short by a freak storm.

The three-day celebration of Latin food, music and art, which kicked off Friday (Aug. 18) at Gage Park in Hamilton, is making room for Oakville vendors.

Oakville vendors will be able to set up for free today. New expanded hours will have the event open at 11 a.m. instead of 2 p.m. to make room for all the vendors.

The Oakville festival ended a day earlier after the arrival of a storm on Saturday that brought heavy rain, hail and strong winds that took down vendors tents, food and goods.

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