Colombian Independence Day Festival 2011

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July 20 is Colombian Independence Day. Every year Colombians all around the world celebrate their independence from Spain. More than anything Colombians celebrate their heritage, their culture and their national pride.

It will now be 201 years since that historic event in Santa Fe, Bogota where Colombians fought against the Spanish army.

The world knows that Colombians are happy people. Colombia is always in the top 10 of happiest countries in the world. Just listen to the music produced in Colombia, from the traditional Vallenato and Cumbia Colombiana to the more modern pop music of Shakira and Juanes, the underlining tone is happiness. This in mind you can only imagine what a Colombian Independence Day festival can be like.

Growing up in Orange County, California I went to many Colombian festivals in the area. Those were amazing times. Now Iím older and gas is more expensive. It would be so nice to have a Colombian festival in Orange County.

July 10, 2011 Colombian Festival in Orange County! This was a post I read on facebook and you can imagine my joy. I couldnít believe that here in my own backyard there was going to be a giant Colombian Independence Day festival. This day isnít just for Colombians; itís for everyone that likes to party eat good food, drink and dance.


Thatís one thing I love about my people, being a wallflower is not acceptable. Everyone dances, whether itís salsa, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia or vallenato. Unlike many clubs and bars in the Southern California where people just stand around, the guys gawking at the girls and the girls playing on their cell phones, Colombians are more social and are not afraid to make new friends. Over the years I have introduced many of my non Colombian friends to my culture and they fall in love; not only with the people, but with the food, the music and the contagious party atmosphere.

Now Iím living in Medellin, Colombia. Iíve been living in Colombia for 6 months now and I now understand all of those crazy paisa jokes my parents would make. The culture is everything I imagined and more. The women are the most beautiful Iíve ever seen and that says a lot coming from someone who lived their whole life in Southern California. Knowing that there will be a Colombian Day Festival in Orange County makes me want to be back in Orange County more than Angelís baseball and the Southern California beaches.


One of the things that got me most excited about the Colombian Festival in Anaheim is the bands. There will be three big name bands performing; GuayacŠn Orquesta, Silvestre Dangond and Los Cantores de Chipuco. The band that I would like to see most is Silvestre Dangond y Juancho de la Espriella. Silvestre Dangond is the singer and Juancho is the accordion player and theyíre backed by large band. Their music genre is Vallenato and they are the biggest Vallenato group in Colombia today. Going to a Silvestre Dangond concert alone, here in Colombia, would cost you at least $60.00 USD. This is why itís so exciting to know that youíll be able to see all of these bands plus Silvestre Dangond for only $25.00. The tickets on the Colombia Festival in Orange Countyís website, festivalcolombianooc.com, are at a discount, pre-sale price right now of $25.00. I spoke to the promoters of the concert and they told me that the ticket price will be higher the closer we get to the event. If you are at all a worldly person or are making an attempt to get to know different cultures from around the world I highly recommend the Colombian Festival in Orange County. Itís going to be held on a large event area behind the Honda Center, where the Anaheim Ducks play, at a place called the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. You can buy tickets on their website or at local retailers. They list them all on the tickets page on their site.

If you donít know much about the Colombian culture hereís what you can expect; a lot of food, loud music, a lot of dancing and many beautiful people. My favorite Colombian alcohol is aguardiente, itís an anise-flavored liqueur derived from sugar cane. A word to the wise though, the name ďaguardienteĒ translates to fire water, so tread lightly and drink lots of water. If youíre not into alcohol you can try Colombiana. Itís Colombiaís soda. If you love food you need to try everything you can fit in your stomach. Empandas, tamales, chicharon, lechona, arepas, obleas, the list goes on. If you want an authentic representation of the Colombian cuisine visit one of the restaurants involved in the festivalís website, OrangeCountyColombianCuisine.com.

I hope this post encourages you to go to the Colombian Festival in Anaheim, California this year. Itís going to be an epic party. For more information on the festival visit FestivalColombianoOC.com.

Colombian Festival in Anaheim, California
Date: July 10th, 2011 Time: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Location: Phoenix Club 1340 S. Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806 Phone: (714) 818-5741 Web: http://www.FestivalColombianoOC.com

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