The Flavors of Central Tour at La Placita

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  • Enjoy all the flavor, culture, diversity that exists near Central Avenue! People from around the world have discovered there is nothing quite like the invigorating flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine.


    Over the last four decades, Latino immigration to the Midwest has brought new and mysterious spices, condiments, and recipes. The culinary culture that Latinos have brought North has transformed the palates of Americans. A wave of new flavors has enhanced the Mexican and Centro American food experience and gained a very demanding following. In the Kansas City Metro, we are fortunate enough to have more than 40 authentic Latino restaurants along the Central Area corridor. Over the last 40 years, these businesses have built Kansas City, Kansas into the Mecca of all Regional-Original dishes. 


    We invite you to join us and explore “The Flavors of Central Tour”. Fall in love with the traditional dishes, drinks, and desserts our businesses have to offer. We will help guide you to becoming the real, regional Mexican food connoisseur you always knew you were! 


    Volunteers will be positioned throughout the commercial corridor. They will help to guide all visitors and answer any questions that may arise. There will also be signage along the avenue to help with directions to the featured venues. Receptionists will greet you at every participating eatery’s door.


    The Flavors of Central are all unique and special. Our selection of dishes has been curated by culinary connoisseurs, but all come from the eatery’s everyday menu.


    Arrival time: To check-in and start the tour, you will need to arrive at Bethany Park between 9:30 and 10:30 for registration. Bethany Park is located at the center of Central Avenue’s corridor, 


    Parking: We have plenty of parking to accommodate all visitors. Free parking is available in Bethany Community Center’s parking lot or along the edge of the Park on 12th street.


    Registration: To register, locate the registration booth tent. The tent will be located within the La Placita Market at the Park. Next, locate Central Avenue Betterment Association’s personnel. They will be wearing CABA T-shirts to help identify themselves. During verification of your registration, you will be given a map, a security bracelet, and a voucher for each of the participating eateries.

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