Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sabor 2021 Provides a Feast for the Senses
Story by Lorenzo Chavez
Photos by Lorenzo Chavez
Sabor 2021: “A Sensory Exploration of the Americas”
at Denver Botanic Gardens benefiting Denver Hispanic Chamber at 5 p.m.
“Life is a carnival.” – Celia Cruz (Queen of Salsa Music)
Whether you call it a juerga, reventón, pachanga, guaracha, jarana, or a fiesta, the Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 13th Annual Sabor did not fail to intrigue, amaze and stimulate the senses.
To paraphrase Shakespeare: a party by any other name would still be a little chaotic, explosive, exciting and, of course, entertaining.
Special Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Blue Moon Brewing Company
A Dia de Los Muertos figure oversees the guests at the Sabor 2021 event held August 6 at the Denver Botanic Gardens
The diverse and colorful costumed hosts welcomed hundreds of guests to the 13th Annual Sabor event presented by Blue Moon Brewery this year
It’s not a party without an authentic Mariachi band.
This year’s theme was “A Sensory Exploration of the Americas” a colorful and dynamic celebration presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company with sponsors: Don Julio, Schomp, American Facility Services Group, Tequila Herradura, and Pepsi. Hosted by the Denver Botanic Gardens for more than a decade now, the Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (COHCC) premier signature event was a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds.
The annual celebration is a gastronomic and multicultural Latin American and Caribbean event with a carnival-like atmosphere that easily attracts more than 1,000 guests at the 22-acre Gardens and features musicians, restaurant vendors, artists, and dancers. President/CEO Mike Ferrufino was busy throughout the evening and was grateful to his staff and board for their contributions to such a large gathering.
Truly a Latin experience that captured the colors, flavors and styles of Mexico, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and El Salvador, to name a few.
Restaurants and vendors offered a steady stream of drinks including: horchata, craft beer, malbec, pisco sour, tequila, palomas with live Tango, Mariachi, Salsa, Flamenco, and Rock en español.
The annual fiesta ended with a champagne and dessert after-party lasting till 10 p.m. which felt just right for most revelers who enjoyed the diverse Latin American sensory experience.
The Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual Sabor event was hosted by the Denver Botanic Gardens
Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chair Sofia Aguilar and board member Manuel Tejada
Guests were greeted with much fanfare
COHCC Board Members: Marcella de la Mar, Angela Bricmont, Sofia Aguilar, Patsy Landaveri
Hundreds arrived for Sabor 2021 at the Freyer Newman Center
The Mariachi band welcomed guests to the Denver Botanic Gardens
Guests enjoyed the view from the balcony
Denver Zoo President/CEO Bert Vescolani and Patricia Robinson, WOW! Internet Cable & Phone
Carrie Olson, Tamara Acevedo, Margarita Colindres
Janet Vizguerra, Diana Aremas
Denise Suarez, Crestina Martinez, Colorado State Representative Naquetta Ricks
Violinist performs at one of many Botanic Garden venues
The Denver Botanic Gardens has hosted Sabor for more than a decade
A half dozen Latin American nations- including Colombia– featured their unique food, music and dance were featured at this year’s event
Claudia Castro and Giovanna Zayas relax before the party begins
Cristina Gamez and Cappy Dimas of Glam Balloons
Vanessa Benavides and Sandra Benavides from the Consulate General of Peru
Marco Rengifo, Mario Gilberto Morataya Sorto (Vice Consul of El Salvador), Jeriann Howard, Samantha Le
Sabor 2021 featured four hours of food, drink and entertainment
Hosts in pre-Columbian indigenous dress of the Americas welcomed guests to the event
Stephanie Salas, Ana Gomez
Aurora Mayor and past US Congressman Mike Coffman with Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Mike Ferrufino
Guests and chamber members enjoyed a diverse menu during the event
Ileana Rod, Alexis Dominguez
Tyla Weatherspoon, and Faye Tate of Co Bank
Savannah Cordova, Bianca Cueva
Enrique of the Sontres Banda Latina
Kim West, Amanda Rodriguez
Roxana Toledo, Amanda Portillo, Valeria Sandoval
Ana Carrillo, Fatima Madrid
Fatima and Omar Oronia
Sontres band kept guests dancing all night
What’s salsa music without percussion?
Beer samples were just some of the vendor restaurants featured this year
The many faces of Peruvian culture
The familiar yellow, blue and red colors of Colombia are proudly displayed
Latinos representing half a dozen Latin American nations came to celebrate
Let the pachanga or party begin!
The 13th Annual Sabor attracted a full house of guests
Sabor offers their own version of tacos
Peruvian dancers entertained in traditional costumes
Don Julio Tequila was among 6 key sponsors of this year’s event
Hundreds attended the 2021 Sabor celebration well into the evening
Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Member Paulette Grant Tate and former lawmaker and attorney Penfield Tate III
Still partying late into the evening
Jessica Acosta, Christina Gonzalez, Griselda Ayala, Ariane Torres
Guests enjoyed the dessert and champagne after-party
The annual Sabor event attracts hundreds of celebrants
Smiles throughout the night at the Sabor 2021
Polo and Marta Romero with Lucy and Angel Hernandez
Andres Carrera, Rep. Naquetha Ricks
The Mariachi band greeted guests outside the Botanic Gardens
This year’s Sabor Theme: A Sensory Exploration of the Americas
Chamber board members and staff were busy preparing for this year’s event
Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board members: Marcela de la Mar, Angela Bricmont, Chair Sofia Aguilar, Patsy Landaveri
The balcony of the Freyer Newman Center offered a bird’s eye view of the fesitivities
Sabor events were held indoors and outdoors in anticipation of mixed weather conditions
Hundreds of guests patiently waited to enter the Denver Botanic Garden Gates
The celebration attracted many to the Botanic Gardens
Presenting Sponsor: Blue Moon Brewing Company | Don Julio Tequila, Schomp, American Facility Services Group, Tequila Herradura, Pepsi
Denver Botanic Gardens
Board of Directors:
Sofia Aguilar Chair of the Board of Directors 2020 | A-1 Security Tim Richard Aragon Immediate Past Chair 2019, Hogan Lovell | Marcela de la Mar Chair-Elect, Delmar Resources | Paulette Grant Tate, Secretary Cantilever | Jake Salazar, Treasurer Solari | COHCC DIRECTORS: Denise Maes, American Civil Liberties Union | Angela Bricmont, Denver Water | Manuel Tejada, Image Impressions | Patsy Landaveri, Impacto - Strategy & Communications | Tony Ghigo, US Bank | Emilio Romero, EAR Consulting LLC | Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, Regis University | Timothy Armijo-Stevens, TSG Consulting | Michael Mares, Walker - Dilworth LLC | Michael Walters, Keybank | Amin Suliaman Native Hotel | Walter Jennings