Kicking off Croqueta Day at Islas Canarias (includes video story)

Two years ago, Miami-Dade and Broward County mayors proclaimed Oct. 1 Croqueta Day. To celebrate, the South Florida Media Network visited one of Miami’s favorite croqueta locations.

Islas Canarias is family-owned and was established in 1977 by the late Raul and Amelia Garcia. It was then passed down to their daughter, Nancy Andrade. The place’s recipes have endured the test of time. Families throughout South Florida gather here to taste their delicious croquetas.

“They taste just like my mother’s here at Islas Canarias,” said Mylene Bello a frequent customer. “That’s why my family and I love coming here.”

Lauren Wurts is a Latina Junior at FIU majoring in Journalism/ Communications. She hopes to work as a news reporter and work her way up to Producing. She is bilingual and enjoys covering entertainment, sports and activism stories.

Esteban Rodriguez is a freshman majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He hopes to work in late-night entertainment, Filmmaking, sports journalism, and/or broadcast television.