A Trip to the Food Fair

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The food fair (Feria Gastronomica) is a yearly event held in Santiago de Anaya, Hidalgo.  I have been super excited for this ever since I moved here.  The fair focuses on regional dishes and unusual ingredients.  You can find some YouTube videos of the event showcasing things such as armadillo, ant eggs, and squirrel.  There are many stalls offering full meals utilizing the unusual food, but the prices stopped us from buying most (40 pesos for an ant egg taco, 100 pesos for a lizard plate).  The best way to go is line up for the judging under the big tent.  You get to snake though the rows of tables sampling whatever you please.  We got there a little late, so we did not get to sample much.  I did get to try various vegetable and flower dishes, plus a salad featuring snail; I enjoyed it all quite a bit.

Below are photos from the drive there, the actual fair, and the family farm.

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The view driving through the mountains.

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Along the side of the highway.

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A house built atop a cliff.

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Typical graffiti advertisements.

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The entrance into a tiny town.

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I just liked the lines of this photo.

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Roadside vendors.

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A middle-of-the-road vendor.

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Road sign with some special character.

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A random building.

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Only & One shopping complex.

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A hotel that I had never noticed before. I felt it had some interesting character.

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A new roadside religious display.

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Pregnant piggy on the farm.

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Holding one of the new baby lambs. It is a pretty cute little thing.

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A young girl selling ant eggs with her family.

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A candy stall. My favorite are the candied pecans.

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Another vendor at the fair; this one is selling grasshoppers.

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This stall sold many different items.

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More ant eggs.

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Pistachios.

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Inside the competition.

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A sign for one of the stalls. Salvador and I got the torta.

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One of the giant nail/spikes that held the main tent in place.

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I think this was rabbit.

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More rabbit.

Craft vendors.
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Bees and honey products.

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There were more religious stalls than usual due to Easter.

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Salvador eating grasshoppers. I had some, too.

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My ant egg paste.

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Salvador eating the shrimp and ant egg torta. I tried it as well, but the salt level was overpowering for me.

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Maquey flowers.

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The snail dish I sampled.

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Inside the competition.

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The price list for the various items offered at the fair. Not that they were always obeyed.

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A competitor.

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A row of competitors.

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More competitors.

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The most painful looking way I have ever seen someone carry a bag.

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Pulque! I fell in love with the cacahuate flavor. Officially my new favorite pulque flavor. No idea where I can get it again, though.

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On the farm, digging up dinner! BBQ chicken!

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With my niece, Fernanda.

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And one more photo with Fernanda.

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The last photo I took. It was dinner time.

3 responses »

    • A little salty. They were buttered, so they actually reminded me of corn. I would need to taste them plain to discern an individual flavor. I rather enjoyed them in the paste. Also good in a baked omelet.

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