Five gastronomic festivals to visit in Mexico in 2019
Local cuisine is probably one of the most emblematic elements of Mexican culture. Since 2010, Mexican cuisine has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and, due to the great wealth and variety of our country, it is possible to find exquisite dishes in every corner of the national territory.
The amount of endemic dishes of each region and state is uncountable, and each of them represents a unique culinary experience. Fortunately, there are different festivals and food fairs during the year that allow food lovers to meet different traditional and exotic options of regional dishes.
To enjoy this heritage, ClickBus, an online platform for selling bus tickets, recommends some destinations with important gastronomic celebrations.
1. National Cheese and Wine Fair in Tequisquiapan, Querétaro
The wine region of Querétaro has grown and gained popularity during the last years, due to the quality of its products and the beauty of its landscapes. Each year, the wine houses of Mexico meet at the end of May in the magical town of Tequisquiapan, to delight the palates of the attendees with some of the best wines and cheeses produced in our country, while they are accompanied by different art shows and cultural
In addition to enjoying a good glass of wine, the visit to this Magic Town has various attractions such as balloon flight, visit the wine houses, visit the Basket Museum, or the Market of the Rod and Wicker.
2. International Mezcal Fair in Oaxaca, Oaxaca
One of the festivals that will make your trip the most is the Mezcal International Fair held in the Oaxacan capital, because it is celebrated within the framework of the Guelaguetza, during the month of July. The lovers of this drink cannot stop attending, because the Oaxacan mezcal has the best quality and greater production at a national level; additionally, the great gastronomy of the state gives an extra attraction to the visit to this fair.
In addition to having the opportunity to try different mezcals, you can also meet the mezcal teachers, learn their distillation process and visit the different amusement pavilions, such as the mezcal culture, the gastronomic and the artisanal.
3. Festival of Chile in Nogada in Calpan, Puebla
Every August, in the town of Calpan, located on the slopes of Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl, this great festival takes place, in which up to 70 thousand chiles are prepared in nogada, while cultural activities are carried out, such as exhibitions, concerts, plays, and dance. In addition to enjoying one of the most emblematic dishes of Puebla, you can take the trip to Calpan and visit the Temple and Convent of San Andrés, built in the sixteenth century, one of the main tourist attractions of the town along with the Valley of the Volcanoes.
4. Chocolate Festival in Villahermosa, Tabasco
This state is the first producer of cocoa in Mexico, whose quality and tradition have earned it to obtain the denomination of origin, Cacao Grijalva. Due to his career as a producer, since 2010 this festival is held every November in the state capital, which offers different products made with cocoa and chocolate, as well as having different musical and cultural events, including a barter market in where you can change different items for cocoa seeds. In addition to the activities offered by the festival, you can visit tourist attractions such as the cacao farms of Comalcalco, to learn about the production process.
5. Rat Calf Festival in Fresnillo, Zacatecas
A typical and exotic dish that represents the cuisine of Fresnillo is the rat broth, made with field rat meat. Since 2015, different chefs from Zacatecas meet in mid-November in Fresnillo to spread and test the traditional rat soup and combat the myths surrounding its consumption. The field rat with which this dish is prepared is also used in oriental cuisines such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and India.
Above enjoying this unusual dish, you can take the trip to explore the city, whose construction dates back to 1554, and still retains the colonial design of the city, being ideal to walk and take a moment of relaxation.
The variety of dishes and attractions that you can meet in these destinations is uncountable. This is just a small guide for you to continue exploring new destinations and learn more about the general and gastronomic culture that Mexico offers in each of its corners.