York College to Host Jamaica’s First Three-Day Guatemalan Cultural Festival and Bazaar

York College, The City University of New York (www.york.cuny.edu) will host Jamaica’s first ever Guatemalan Cultural Festival and Bazaar for three days, Friday — Sunday, June 27 — 29, 2008, on campus in the green space bound by Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Liberty Avenue and South Road. In its second year, last year’s fair was held in Los Angeles and drew 20,000 visitors. Jamaica, like Hempstead, L.I. has a sizable population of Guatemalan residents as well as commercial enterprises. So it was decided to hold the 2008 event “in the heart of New York’s Guatemalan community,” said Victor Raul Gramajo, director of EVEFER, festival organizer.

Visitors to the fair will enjoy over 70 booths of authentic dishes and drinks from Guatemala as well as traditional music, international and national folkloric performing artists, indigenous arts and crafts, rides, inflatables, carnival games and many prizes including roundtrip tickets for two to Guatemala. This is an event for the whole family. Hours are Friday, 2:00 — 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.

“The goal of the fair,” said Gramajo, “is to expose all New Yorkers to Guatemalan culture and hospitality. Business people show their products and demonstrate their services. The mood is authentic Guatemalan festivity but away from home.”

There is a nominal entrance fee of $3.00 but children under 12 are admitted free as are all seniors older than 55.