The second annual Española Community Matanza, called “A Feast of Cultures,” will be held from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, at Valdez Park.
“This event has become culturally inclusive,” Española Community Matanza Chief Financial Officer Ralph Martinez told city councilors on April 30. “We have opened the doors to our Native American culture, our Sikh culture, and we have our Hispanic culture, so now there’s three different cultures taking part in this.”
A matanza meal will be served for $10 for adults and $5 for children, including various cuisine from the area’s Hispanic, Pueblo and Sikh communities, including vegetarian options.
The meal costs money, but the event itself is free, family-friendly and non-alcoholic.
“This year, the College, Dr. Rick Bailey, has donated to us the commercial kitchen (to use),” Martinez told the Española City Council, April 30.
Martinez said state officials were very strict with how the food was prepared during last year’s event, and were so pleased with how it turned out that they allowed organizers to use a commercial kitchen within five miles of the event. The College’s kitchen is a couple blocks away.
In exchange for free matanza meals for police officers, the Española Police Department, the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Clara Pueblo Police Department agreed to provide security, Martinez told city councilors.
“It’s a great collaboration to see go on,” Martinez said.
There will be music, dance, poetry and other entertainment throughout the event.
Area lowrider enthusiasts will exhibit their rides.
Local elected officials have agreed to a “Dunk a Politician” dunk tank event, including First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna, Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan, Española School Board President Ruben Archuleta, Española Mayor Javier Sanchez, Española District 4 City Councilor Justin Salazar-Torrez and Española Police Chief Louis Carlos.
The proceeds from the event will be split into thirds, for representatives from the three committees that represent the Hispanic, Pueblo and Sikh event organizers, to donate to causes of their choice.
“For example, the Sikhs have a program called Backpack for Hunger,” Martinez said. “They collect nonperishable foods and different kinds of foods, put ‘em in a backpack, and the Española elementarys hand out these backpacks.”
The Pueblo committee is considering donating to Tewa Women United, and the Hispanic Committee is still deciding on where to donate, Martinez said.