As a fundraiser for the highly regarded World On Your Plate (WOYP) food conference*, held in the fall, organizers held a spirited “salsa” fundraiser on Elmwood Avenue on Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC). The fundraiser featured a variety of healthy ethnic foods, as well as live music and dancing.
Mariachi dancers Lionel and Dolores Rosario from Mariachi De Oro Mexican Grill were on-hand to give a dance presentation and workshop (at the corner of West Ferry and Elmwood). Combined with a sensational performance by Sol y Sombra, the entire corner came alive with the sounds of Oaxacan and Latina music.
The fundraising effort is part of an effort to showcase efforts of positivity, non-violence and a respect to all creatures on this earth. The fall conference is designed to celebrate sustainable living through the daily food choices that we make. It also pays tribute to the wide variety of ethnicities that are represented in Buffalo, and the ability that we have to come together as a community though culture and food.
The grounds of the UUC are perfect for these types of community events. There’s nothing like seeing and hearing performances of this nature – it’s a natural draw to be sure.
The event was attended/sponsored by Riverside-Salem UCC, Green Cuisine, Indigenous Women’s Initiatives (IWI) Seed Institute, Peace Education Fund, Interfaith Peace Network, Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities & Civic Engagement and SUNY students.
*WOYP 2015 will be held on Oct. 9-10 at Daemen College and will feature Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, and Rowen White from Seed Savers, along with 20-30 workshops and a wonderful vegetarian lunch prepared with produce from local Community Supported Agriculture farmers. Click here to learn more.