The Rotary Club of Grand Island will be participating at this year’s Taste of Grand Island on Sept. 28 and once again it will be preparing and selling Empanada’s from its booth as it raises funds for its annual high school student scholarship awards in the spring and its commitment to help maintain the Miracle League field and handicapped playground.
Something new this year at the Rotary Club’s booth will be the free entry for children in a “Guess the Number of Candy in the Jar.” The winner will be announced before the festival ends at 8 p.m.
An empanada is a type of baked or fried pasty, consisting of pastry and filling, in Latin American and Filipino cultures. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, and literally translates as “enbreaded,” that is, wrapped or coated in bread.
In the Rotary booth, the pasty is deep fat fried. There are three options: Vegetable, Beef or spicy beef. (the beef is ground beef) The filling is cooked, seasoned and then wrapped in the empanada skin.
Beverages will also be sold at the Rotary Club of Grand Island booth.