After Brazil’s world-famous Carnival, Festa Junina is the second most important popular celebration in Brazilian culture. It takes place at the beginning of June as a Catholic tradition based on the European Midsummer festivities, which celebrate the harvest. Despite its religious origins, the emphasis of Festa Junina is on creating a large social gathering of dancing, drinking, and eating typical food. Brazilian Nites, the largest Brazilian production company in the West Coast, and educators from Brazilian Play and Learn, are teaming up to bring the most authentic Festa Junina to Angelenos on June 16, 2018 from 2pm to 7pm, at Hide Away Café (11000 Osborne St. Sylmar, CA 91342).
Hide Away Café is a charming ranch just 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, featuring a perfect environment to connect kids with horses, pigs, and goats, with outdoor recreation of all kinds. Mariana Leite and Bia Borinn, educators from Brazilian Play and Learn, will be in charge of activities such as arts and crafts, classic outdoor games and Quadrilha, a fun traditional folk dance for the whole family.
Attractions also include a show of Marcus Brian, a popular Sertanejo (Brazilian folk music) singer known for his crunching guitars and emotional vocals. DJ Yukicito will be spinning the best of traditional forró, a musical amalgam that makes everyone get up and move.
Those attending will be treated to typical Brazilian food from a variety of vendors, which includes barbecue skewer and different dishes such as Pamonha (sweet corn cake) and Canjica (sweet maize porridge). Attendees are encouraged to dress up like farmers to enjoy and dance the Quadrilha as they were in Brazil’s countryside.