Essence of Haiti shown through food, art and more

caines | 5/2/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Essence of Haiti shown through food, art and more Haitian music, cuisine, arts, history and culture will be celebrated throughout May during Haitian Heritage Cultural Month. This year marks the 13th year of the celebration of Haitian culture in Miami-Dade County. Recently, Commissioner Jean Monestime, the first Haitian-American elected as a Miami-Dade commissioner, released the countys official 2013 Haitian Heritage Cultural Event Calendar. This years events will celebrate the rich heritage of the Haitian people and Haitis cultural contributions to the world, Monestime said. I invite all the residents of Miami-Dade County to participate in these wonderful events and explore the beauty, history, legacy and heritage of Haiti. Some of the events will include: Taste of Haiti, which features Haitian cuisine; a Haitian history bee and young artist challenge; a Compas festival; and Zakafest, which will be held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Copies of the calendar are available at Monestimes district office and can be obtained at www.miamidade.gov/district02. The Compas fest will include Haitian food, beverages and live music. We love our music. We love our Kompa, said Paola Pierre, a member of the months organizing committee. The month-long celebration also includes two mothers day observances, the American Mothers Day and the Haitian Mothers Day, Haitian Flag Day and a Gospel concert. We have a rich culture and were proud of [it], Pierre said. We want to invite everyone to embrace it, and we want our children to remember where they come from. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com