This past weekend, Jersey City hosted its annual Ecuadorian Festival, which usually consists of performances – singing, dancing, and of course traditional Ecuadorian food.  While the actual festival started at Hora Ecuatoriana (roughly 2 hours late!), we went for the food.  The good thing is that we got the freshest portions of the day, since we were the first batch of hungry people out there.  Here are some pictures of the yummy food of the day.

Ecuadorian Festival in Jersey City 2011

Roasted pork, mote (hominy), chicharrón (fried pork skin), fritada con patacones (fried pork chunks and fried plantains), roasted chicken, empanadas de mejido (deep fried empanadas) and empanadas de maiz (corn flour empanadas)

Ecuadorian Festival in Jersey City 2011

Fried chicken, chorizo, maduro con queso (sweet plantains with cheese) and maduro con picadillo (sweet plantains with ground beef)

Ecuadorian Festival in Jersey City 2011

Cebiche de camarón (shrimp cebiche), hornado (roasted pork)

Ecuadorian Festival in Jersey City 2011

Fritada con maíz tostado (fried pork chunks with toasted corn)

Ecuadorian Festival in Jersey City 2011

Salchicha or morcilla (Ecuadorian blood sausage)

Ecuadorian Festival in Jersey City 2011

Jugos varios (different kinds of fruit juices)

Ecuadorian Festival in Jersey City

Un plato con todo: A little bit of everything – Rice, pork, toasted corn, hominy, blood sausage, and salad

Ecuadorian Festival in Jersey City 2011

And THIS is what happens when you build a house of straw…