Second annual Hecho en San Miguel Festival
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
At the second annual Made in San Miguel Festival residents will show visitors the high quality of many different types of products designed, manufactured and developed in the city. Besides receiving samples of food, tourists will be able to purchase products or services while enjoying music, art and gastronomy.
Made in San Miguel Festival
Sat, Nov 24, 11am–8pm
Club de Golf Ventanas
150 pesos adults, free for children
Ana Valeria Clares, director of the festival, said that this event emerged because “when we meet someone the first question is, Where are you from? And the second, What do you produce in San Miguel de Allende? And the truth is that people do not have a good idea of the wide variety of things that we produce in the city.” Clares commented that the Made in San Miguel Festival was created partly in response to those questions, and also because “most of the time people come to visit us and we do not know where to take them or what to do with them. We go to see la Parroquia, and if we are a little creative we take them to Parque Juárez. Neither visitors nor sanmiguelenses know that there is a wonderful glass factory in San Miguel, a shoe factory, a company producing dairy products and a wide variety of organic farms,” expressed the director.
Hecho en San Miguel is an exposition that shows the products and services produced in San Miguel in an entertaining way with “flavor, art and talent.” This year the event will have more than 60 exhibitors. In the gastronomic area there will be eight local restaurants offering traditional food from San Miguel such as enchiladas del portal or the candies called tumbagones. Students from the Technological University will be preparing desserts to order. Bricio Domínguez, according to Clares, “is an ambassador for the cuisine of Guanajuato, and he will be cooking food to order that originated in the convents, using organic products from the city.”
Music is also part of the festival. Lobo, a longtime resident of San Miguel who composes his music here and travels around the world performing, will play flamenco guitar. There will also be a local dj. The festival will close with Girasol Huerta and her equestrian and musical show. “She is a woman who sings música ranchera (Mexican country music) and has raised Aztec horses, which she now promotes with her show, which also includes dancers, music, ropers and even an impressionist,” said Clares. During the festival children can join one of several workshops.
Proceeds from the event will go to support Patronato Projuventud Sanmiguelense, an initiative that offers alternatives for young people through community centers. The Patronato has received a donation of land in Atotonilco. Clares, the president of the Patronato, said that the idea is to seek funding from the government for a community center there, to be operated by the organization.
You can find the program of the Made in San Miguel Festival in the Festivals and Events section of Qué pasa.