CubaNostalgia provides a way for Miamians to find their roots (includes video story)

It has been three years since South Florida celebrated the biggest Cuban cultural event, but this weekend, Cubanostalgia returns to offer locals an experience like no other.

Celebrating its 23rd anniversary, the festival will be held at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center May 21 and 22.

“First, we are the largest in the U.S with the largest exhibition with more than 15 live exhibits like the Havana Cathedral, the Capitol and the Prado Way,” said Peter Regalado, executive producer of CubaNostalgia. “And I think we are the only ones that recreated the actual experiences for you to come and enjoy a weekend.”

From the streets of Havana to el Malecon, the festival provides a way for locals to encounter the island. For some, Cubanostalgia is about art, drinks and food such as croquetas, tamales, mojitos, and Cuban coladas. For others, it’s about connecting new generations with their heritage. 

“I think it’s a great way to really get in touch with their roots, and it’s the only way because most of these kids will probably not go to the country,” said Annie Gonzalez, marketing director of the event.

Tickets are now on sale and can be bought at

Claudia Morales is a junior FIU student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Digital Communications/Broadcasting. She obtained an associates degree in Mass Communications/Journalism from Miami Dade College. She served as a photographer for The Reporter, the student newspaper at Miami Dade College. She also studied abroad in France and Italy, where she acquired knowledge about globalized media.