Latin American Food Fest on
New U.S. Commemorative Stamps

Mouth-watering foods with influences from Latin America and the Caribbean appear on six new forever stamps to be released in a formal first-day ceremony at 5:45 p.m. local time April 20 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Delicioso self-adhesive first-class forever stamps (currently 49 cents), sold in double-sided panes of 20 (convertible booklet format), feature bright and playful illustrations of tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche. The booklet pane includes four of the tamales and flan designs and three of each of the other designs.

The dedication ceremony is being held in conjunction with Salud y Sabor and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The event is a free evening of food, art and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles and culture.

The names of the six dishes appear in a festive font above each mouthwatering image. Each illustration was created by applying multiple layers of acrylic paint to textured boards, using sandpaper to reveal the hidden layers and give the designs a worn, vintage look.

Artist John Parra designed the stamp artwork under the direction of Antonio Alcalá.

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