A pair enjoys a dance during The Haitian American Music and Food Festival at The South Florida Fair Expo Center on Saturday, July 2. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi

The Palm Beach Haitian Music and Food Festival brought the South Florida community together to promote the prosperity of Haitian musicians and restaurants. The festival took place at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds from 4 p.m. to midnight on July 2. This is the eighth year the non-profit, Kreole Kamp INC, has put on the event. Festival spokesperson Homere Jean said they have already started planning for next year. “We love it and we have to do it the proper way,” Jean said. “That's why we start early.” 

 Below are scenes from the festival:

Festival attendees arrive at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 2, for the Haitian American Music and Food Festival. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Festival host, Jojo, gets the crowd excited for the artists of the night at The Haitian Music and Food Festival on Saturday, July 2. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Festival attendees at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 2, for the Haitian American Music and Food Festival. Photo taken by: Ashley Miznazi
Mariana Chery grills corn outside at the Palm Beach Haitian American Festival at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 2. Chery works for Nana Lakay's restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. “We plan to come every year,” Chery said. “We all are working together. Once we are all together, we are a family.” Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Mariana Chery rolls dough at the The Palm Beach Haitian American Festival at The South Florida Fair Expo Center on Saturday July 2, 2022. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Michelle, the head chef at Chery's Restaurant, prepares food for attendees at The Palm Beach Haitian American Music and Food Festival on Saturday July 2, 2022. This is the fourth year that Chery's, a Haitian restaurant based out of Miami, returned to the festival. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Portrait of Claudette Fenelon at The Palm Beach Haitian American Festival at The South Florida Fair Expo Center on Saturday July 2, 2022. Fenelon works at Nana Lakey's takeout restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Buffet of food at the Haitian Music and Food Festival at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on Saturday, July 2. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Stephanie Cherubin shows friends her new T-shirt from the Haitian American Music and Food Festival on Saturday, July 2. “Of course I’m going to support my Haitian culture," Cherubin said. "It was a really good event last year and I wanted to do it again so I’m back at it here.” Photo by: Ashley Miznazi

Vincent Rose sells Sir Vin Delights juices at the The South Florida Fair Expo Center on Saturday July 2, 2022. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Festival attendees at the South Florida Fair Expo Center Saturday, July 2, for the Haitian American Music and Food Festival. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Festival attendee sings along to music in the crowd at the Palm Beach Haitian Music and Food Festival on July 2. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
Festival attendees take a selfie at the South Florida Fair Expo Center concert stage on Saturday, July 2. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi
A child watches the stage from his father's shoulders at the Haitian American Music and Food Festival at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on Saturday, July 2. Photo by: Ashley Miznazi

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.