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¡Viva la Fiesta! returns to Brookfield Zoo

Celebration honors Hispanic culture

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT
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Traditional Hispanic dancers perform at the Brookfield Zoo's ¡Viva la Fiesta!

BROOKFIELD — This June, guests visiting the more than 2,000 animals spread over the 216 acres at the Brookfield Zoo can add even more excitement and diversity to their trip during the zoo’s ¡Viva la Fiesta! from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7-8 and June 14-15.

This four-day event invites guests of all ages and backgrounds to join in the festivities at the zoo’s East Mall to sample authentic Hispanic Foods and refreshments and to enjoy local bands and dancers representing South American, Central America and the Caribbean. There will also be artists and artisans. Roaming animals native to those regions will add to the festivities.

The multinational menu selections include charrasco steak sandwiches and empanadas from Brazil; ropa vieja with rice from Puerto Rico; Cuban sandwiches and moros y cristianos from Cuba; tostadas de pollo, carne asada tacos, churros, and buñuelos from Mexico; and several different flavors of paletas. To add to the celebration, guests can wash down the delicious food with a variety of beverages, including a selection of beers and wines from throughout Latin America, chelada, sangria, piña coladas and manzanita sol apple.

Also joining in the celebration on the East Mall will be DJ Alex Perez “El Dracula,” who will keep the festivities going between performances with current chart-topping songs. Representatives of the Mexico Tourism Board will highlight special holiday destinations on June 7 and 8.

¡Viva la Fiesta! is free with general admission. General zoo admission is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 3-11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. ¡Viva la Fiesta! is presented by Dulcelandia and For more information about the festival, visit or call 708-688-8000.

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