Perro Caliente!


I’ll give you one chance to guess where the world’s longest congo line took place. Stumped? The answer is Little Havana in Miami, Fl., back in 1988 during the annual Calle Ocho celebration.

In 1977, Miami was looking for a way to unite the different ethnic communities of the city. The solution was to create a block party that would showcase hundreds of street vendors and dozens of live bands. Calle Ocho was born.

Twenty-three years later, Torey Toppings and I find ourselves thrown in the middle of a celebration that attracts over one million people every year. We couldn’t wait!

Tradition has it that Calle Ocho attendees wear clothing and flags that represent their heritage.

Tradition has it that Calle Ocho attendees wear clothing and flags that represent their heritage.

After having parked the Wienermobile next to the Kraft booth that would be handing out free samples of Kool Aid and Ritz crackers, to name a few, we decided to hit the street and explore this cultural quilt. What we found was a mouth-watering display of foods like arepas, which consists of a melted slab of mozzerella nestled between two corn cakes, and tamales, a traditional Latin American dish.

I’m pretty sure our eyes were bigger than our stomachs but it didn’t prevent us from spreading smiles atop the Wienermobile and passing out a few Wiener Whistles.

Torey Toppings spreading the Wienermobile love at the Kraft booth.

Torey Toppings spreading the Wienermobile love at the Kraft booth.

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