Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Stephanie Quintana, writer

Paying tribute to the National Hispanic Heritage Month running from September 15th through October 15th, the Sam Adams Lakeview Taco’s Fest returned for its ninth annual occurrence. Recognizing the many Hispanics who populate the city in positive ways, with delicious foods and culture being some to name, the fest, which ran on Southport Avenue from Addison to Roscoe street, featured more than 12 food vendors and the Mariachi Los Viajeros band for entertainment. The main entrance to the event sat right under Southport’s Brown Line, with a greeter accepting a suggested $10 donation from attendees.

Upon entering, you are welcomed by the Mexican aroma of spices and smoked carne asada. As much as one may want to rush over to the first food or drink stand, there were just so many to choose from. I confess, I opted for dessert before my tacos.

Churro Parlor

A churro is a Mexican dessert which is a deliciously fried dough drizzled in cinnamon, chocolate, or covered with sprinkles. As a chocolate lover I tried the Aunt Rose complimented with an Horchata, (iced cinnamon fermented milk) it was delightful. The storefront is located in Roscoe Village if you are ever having a sweet tooth.

Funnel Cakes

The fest also had a Funnel Cake stand, and you bet I also had a try. Of course my appetite was not the only one in attendance, as this was a family friendly event, so I did bring my little one and friends to help me enjoy these treats.

Let’s Get Back to The Food

From tacos, street corn, smoked ribs, enchiladas, and even vegan options, there was something for everyone. The food was delicious and there were alcoholic beverages available for those 21+. The beer options gave a natural welcome to fall. Non-alcoholic beverages were also available like those pictured below, known as “aguas frescas.” 

Agua Fresca is a beverage popular in Mexico, Spanish for “fresh water,” aguas frescas are light, non-alcoholic drinks made from fruits mixed with sugar and water. The fest also featured two music stages, enthusiastic Mexican wrestlers, activities for kids, and special beer imports. Southport is a hotspot for its commercial strips, making a great host for this tasteful food scene event honoring 2022’s Hispanic Heritage Month.

Friends of Lakeview

The event was hosted by Samuel Adams Brewery in benefit of Friends of Lakeview which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and partner of the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area (SSA) 27.

Locals have recalled the fest annually that has successfully contributed to the community and local businesses while supporting the Hispanic culture and community that the city is so largely surrounded by. The entire event was family-friendly. The colors were vibrant, many wore their Sunday Bears jersey and, oddly, some wore a Packers jersey. The local shops remained open, offering some fresh air conditioning from the heat wave of this weekend, or even some shopping opportunities.