21st Annual Food Festival of the Americas

Food Festival of the Americas 2019 The 21st Annual Food Festival of the Americas takes place on the grounds of the Organization of American States (OAS) located on 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., on May 19th 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Food Festival is a fun filled, family event, so bring along your family and friends and those who wish to experience the culture and gastronomy of Latin America, the Caribbean and OAS Observer States. This event transports the public to a corner of each participating country through the tasting of typical meals and the display of crafts, music, dances and customs. Guests also have the chance to participate in the grand raffle held during the Festival, with an opportunity to win fabulous prizes such as airline tickets, electronics, gift baskets and restaurant certificates.

It is anticipated that the proceeds from this year's event will assist deserving institutions in the region. Its success depends on your valuable support!!!

Food Festival of the Americas 2019 Flyer






Joanne Renee Phillips-Spencer, President of the Organization of Women of the Americas (OWA), and its Board of Directors, warmly welcome all those who enter this virtual space to discover who we are and what we do.

The page will provide you with information about our Organization and the various cultural and social activities that we organize to raise funds to support the work of charitable organizations and programs that address the problems faced by women and children in the Americas.


About Us

The OWA, a non-profit, charitable organization operated under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, was founded in 1997. Its members comprise lady Ambassadors, accredited to the Organization of American States (OAS) as Permanent Representatives or Observers, the wives of Ambassadors, who are Permanent Representatives and Observers to the OAS, Alternates, wives of Alternates, the wife of the Secretary General, the wife of the Assistant Secretary General; as well as associate members.

The principal objectives of the OWA are to sensitize the public on the needs and problems of women and children in the Americas, to strengthen the ties between member countries of the OAS; and to unite the diplomatic community and citizens of the Americas who live in the metropolitan area of Washington D.C., with a view to organizing and promoting fund-raising and other activities that assist institutions and programs that promote the well-being of women and children in the Region. OWA also seeks to showcase the cultures of the member countries of the OAS.

Since it was founded, the OWA has made contributions to numerous organizations, including the Oncology Section of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; the Caribbean American Intercultural Organization; the OAS program to help landmine victims in Central America; the “Casa Rosada” home for children with AIDS in the Dominican Republic; Programs of Mother Theresa of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity in Washington, D.C.; the Arc en Ciel Orphanage in Haiti; the “Mundo Mejor” Foundation in Colombia; and the Sisters of Mother Theresa in Peru.

One of its main fund-raising events is the Food Festival of the Americas which is held on the grounds of the OAS in the spring. The Festival showcases the cuisines, music, dance and other performances from among the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and Observer members of the OAS.

Another important activity is the Gala, which takes place in November. For this event, as in the case of the Food Festival of the Americas, the OWA relies on its valuable partnership with the Permanent and Observer Missions to the OAS as well as the generous support of many individuals and corporate entities.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS (January 2019 - December 2020)

  President Joanne Renee Phillips-Spencer
(Trinidad and Tobago)
  First Vice President  Erin Ryan (Belize)
  Second Vice President Edeline Charles (Haiti)
  Recording Secretary Julissa Rossi (Peru)
  Corresponding Secretary Vacant
  Treasurer Johanna Polanco (Dominican Republic)
  Deputy Treasurer Michelle Gibbons (Barbados)
  Honorary Members  
  Honorary President Marianne Birkholtz-Almagro
(Spouse of the Secretary General)
  Honorary Vice President Elvira Méndez
(Spouse of the Assistant Secretary General)


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