SELINSGROVE – Maria Lorenzo and her family have shared their Puerto Rican culture with the Valley through the food they serve at their restaurant on the Strip, El Encanto, and later this month they will be doing it through music.

On Saturday, September 11, the family will host a National Beef sponsored Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival at the Susquehanna Valley Event Center, 205 Airport Road, featuring several Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania disc jockeys.

“We are looking to attract high school and college students. There isn’t much for people in this age group to do, ”said Lorenzo.

The idea to bring the festival to the valley came from his son, Alexander Cardona, who, after working at a restaurant in Puerto Rico four years ago, helped his family establish his Hispanic restaurant in County of Snyder.

It was during his stay in the family’s homeland that he also became interested in EDM festivals.

“I’ve always been a rock fan so it was a new experience for me,” Cardona said. “It gives a feeling of joy.”

Lorenzo said the festival grounds will feature a carnival atmosphere, with lights, games and food vendors.

While some of the music that will be played by renowned Puerto Rican disc jockeys such as Pao Roche, Roldan, Dano and Julio Camacho, will feature Spanish songs, there will be a mix of musical styles, she said. declared.

Tickets for the festival, which will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, September 11, are $ 40 for general admission, with a $ 10 discount for college students and $ 20 for high school students. Tickets are available online at sveventcenter.com or in El Encanto.