North Miami celebrates annual Taste of Haiti with festival at MOCA plaza

Hundreds poured into the open-air plaza at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami on Saturday for a food and music festival celebrating Haitian heritage.

For the third year in a row, Taste of Haiti brought together chefs and owners of Miami's popular Haitian restaurants and catering businesses specializing in Caribbean food so that the public could sample traditional as well as more modern staples of Creole cuisine.

A family-friendly event, people of all ages and nationalities tried specialties like tender tassot de cabrit (fried goat meat) and soup Joumou, a pumpkin- or squash-based soup made with beef, potatoes, vegetables and plantains. The soup is frequently eaten on New Year's Day as an homage to the defeat of the French by Haitian rebels during the Battle of Vertières. Haitian independence was officially achieved in 1804.

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