Music was playing and chefs were busy preparing in the kitchen as people were lined up out the door of Salsa Caliente Mexican Grill Saturday afternoon for a taste of culture at the first Mexican Village in Leamington.

The 44th annual Carrousel of the Nations kicked off this weekend and for the first time offered four villages in Leamington to expand the cultural celebrations to the county.

“We are very pleased we were invited by the municipality of Leamington and the Multicultural Council,” said Mexican Consul Alberto Bernal-Acero. “We embrace a project when we are invited and we are fortunate to have the support of the Salsa Caliente restaurant here.”


Alberto Bernal-Acero, the Mexican consul in Leamington, welcomes people to the Mexican Carrousel of Nations at Salsa Caliente in Leamington, Saturday, June 15, 2019.

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Originating in 1974, Carroussel of the Nations is Windsor’s longest running festival and the oldest cultural festival in the province. Carrousel is a cultural celebration that showcases food, music, and traditions from the many cultures that help to make up the region. This year the festival added the Caldwell First Nations, Italian, Lebanese and Mexican villages to Leamington.

“For us, it’s a way to show a different side of Mexico,” said Bernal-Acero.

Inside the Erie Street restaurant, there was a display, showcasing traditional dress, playing music, and offering information about Mexican culture and travelling Mexico. There was an instructional video playing behind the display showing viewers how to make guacamole.


Cecilia Ortiz helps out in the kitchen at Salsa Caliente, the location for the Mexican Carrousel of Nations in Leamington, Saturday, June 15, 2019.

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Bernal-Acero said the carrousel in Leamington was a “success” and people were most excited about the tasty food. The packed restaurant offered a few different food selections including tacos, burritos, and tostadas.


Emilia Wiebe, a server at Salsa Caliente, brings out food orders at the Mexican Carrousel of Nations in Leamington, Saturday, June 15, 2019.

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When asked about his favourite menu choice, he couldn’t decide but said the restaurant had “great” tacos, — “everyone loves tacos,” he said.

Carrousel of the Nations has more than 20 villages in Windsor, LaSalle and now Leamington. The taste of culture continues next weekend for many villages around Windsor, visit www.carrouselofnations.com for more information.



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