The Que Pasa Festival in Virginia

festivalThe Hispanics are well-known for the enthusiastic way that they throw their parties. The Que Pasa Festival is just one of the many events that highlight the food, music and art of Latin American communities in VA.


Hispanics pride themselves in their delicious and tasty spread that is rich in flavors and spices. Here are some of the festival’s food vendors for the year 2014.

  • Happy Empanada – the owner of the shop is thrilled to bring her unique Panamanian flavor to the streets of Virginia. Lucy, the owner, immigrated to the United States in 1975 and brought with her the delicious Latin cuisine that she grew up to.
  • La Palmera – an authentic Puerto Rican restaurant that serves delicious native cuisines such as arroz blanco and habichuelas guisadas.
  • Nader’s Bistro – offers great local and Mediterranean favorites. They specialize in rotisserie style dinners and serve New Yorks style pizza, Subs and Pasta.
  • Pollo Campero – started as a small resto in Guatemala that served the most tender and tasty chicken. Now they are serving many other dishes that have the freshest ingredients and spices from all around Latin America.


Every year, the Hispanic community in VA invites different artist to celebrate the festival with them. Below is a list of the invited artists and entertainers for this year.

  • All American Group
  • Antonio Hidalgo Paz – Flamenco Dancer
  • Ban Caribe – an exciting blend of Afro-Cuban, Latin, Caribbean and soulful rhythm and blues all held together with pulsating percussion.
  • Bolivian Folklore
  • Capoeira
  • Conjuto Sason Band
  • International Dance Club
  • Kevin & Flaco – DJ’s
  • DJ Taz
  • Latin Ballet
  • Michael Douglas Magic
  • And many more…

Artisans and Vendors for 2014

  • Alternatives
  • Artesania Columbiana
  • Body Wrap Diva
  • Chacon
  • Crafts & Toys
  • De Guate
  • Diana’s Zumba Wear
  • Diva Fashion Collections
  • Doris’ Flowers & Crafts
  • Forever Dreams
  • Impulse Boutique
  • And many more…

A Brief History on Que Pasa Festival

The first Que Pasa Festival was held 10 years ago and was hosted by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ever since that time, the number of Hispanics living in VA has almost doubled to about 633, 945 – this is according to the 2010 US Census. As an estimate, there should be 15,000 people who will join the Que Pasa Festival this 2014.

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