Mark Your Calendar For The Empanada Festival!

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The Northern New Jersey Empanada Festival will take place Saturday, June 25th, 2022, at Weasel Brook Park for all the empanada lovers in Clifton, New Jersey. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., visitors will be able to try some of the best local empanadas and vote for which ones they think are the most delicious in Central New Jersey. This event is a favorite in the community that helps raise money for the Passaic County Parks Commission. The Northern New Jersey Empanada Festival will highlight local gourmet food vendors and their tasty twists on classic empanadas.

Once you finish sampling, vote for your favorite. Make a day of it and bring a blanket and chairs. Don’t worry, there will be lots more than just delicious empanadas. There will be over 15 empanada vendors, so you’re sure to have a variety to choose from. In addition to food, there will be local craft vendors, games, live music, and activities for everyone. There will be an $8 admission fee for adults, $5 for children from 4-13 and 3 years or younger are free.

History of Empanadas

Just in case you aren’t sure what an empanada is, traditionally, it is a stuffed bread pastry that is baked or fried. Empanadas can be stuffed with various meats, vegetables, or even fruit to make a dessert empanada. The word empanada comes from the root word empanar, which means to wrap or coat in bread. The empanada’s origins are in Spain and Portugal and are believed to have originated from Arabic-filled pies, similar to calzones. The dish was transported to Latin America and the Philippines by Spanish colonists making it the popular dish we know today.

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