Glenn Lindgren: Ok, here's the deal. We hear from many people who really want to experience Cuban culture.
Jorge Castillo: To give them a complete experience, we usually have to tell them about several different art galleries, several music venues, several shops, several restaurants, and so on.
Raúl Musibay: Let me tell you there is a way to get a real taste of Cuban culture all under one roof.
Glenn Lindgren: The catch is that this opportunity only occurs once each year. CubaNostalgia is a three-day celebration of all things Cuban, held one weekend each May at Miami's Fair Expo Center.
Raúl Musibay: Before the bearded one began his destruction of this great and beautiful country.
Glenn Lindgren: Cuba Nostalgia features live Cuban music, traditional Cuban foods, performers, and vendors. To get a more authentic Cuban experience, you'd have to travel all the way back to Havana!
Raúl Musibay: And we wouldn't want to do that now, would we? A great guy, Leslie Pantin Jr., started the Cuba Nostalgia festival in 1987.
Jorge Castillo: Now we know that you have been planning that big Caribbean cruise.
Raúl Musibay: Or maybe you are planning a family vacation in Miami.
Jorge Castillo: Why not book a cruise in May when the rates are cheaper? Find a cruise that departs Miami on Monday. Then arrive in Miami Friday night, get a nice hotel room at the beach, and plan on spending your Saturday or Sunday at CubaNostalgia.
Glenn Lindgren: Or time your cruise so that you have a great weekend in Miami to relax and unwind after all of that stressful cruising.
Jorge Castillo: For many people who escaped Castro's Cuba, this may be the last chance to relive some old memories.
Raúl Musibay: They even have reproductions of famous Havana sites.
Jorge Castillo: They have a copy of the Havana sea wall and you can have your picture taken by a professional photographer in front of it for $10.
Glenn Lindgren: The annual CubaNostalgia event is one great big party with everyone welcome, Cubans, and non-Cubans alike.
Raúl Musibay: You don't have to be Cuban to enjoy yourself here.
Jorge Castillo: Make a new friend or two, and maybe you'll hear a great story about life in Cuba. You can't beat that for a real Cuban experience.
CubaNostalgia is held each year at the Fair-Expo Center next to Florida International University in Miami. This location provides plenty of FREE parking. Come and enjoy the culture and people of Cuba.
You may even see the Three Guys From Miami!
We highly recommend this great event.
Dates and Times:
Friday, May 20, 2011: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2011: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sun, May 22 2011: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Admission: Children: $6.00
For more information: Call 305-856-7595 or visit the website: www.cubanostalgia.org