The Dominican Republic claims the highest peak in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte. At just more than 10,000 feet, it's no Aconcagua, but the chicken, pork, and yuca of that island country stood shoulder to shoulder with the highland chow at Jersey City's annual Festival de los Andes. Have a look at the slideshow; devoted EIT readers will likely know which is which.
Best practice at food festivals is to arrive at the stated opening hour, to beat the crowds and to get first crack at the most enticing menu items, especially those that may be in short supply. With the aim of exploring the neighborhood afterward, my dining buddies and I did just that — and, on this occasion, we didn't catch any of the dance performances, which were running behind schedule. We also missed out on some chow that was late to the table. Baked mac 'n' cheese empanada, I have my eye out for you.
Festival de los Andes
On the lawn in front of Hepburn Hall, New Jersey City University, 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City
(The 2015 festival was held on June 7)