Third Lamb and Mezcal Festival

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

San Miguel will take part in the state’s First International Festival Guanajuato Sí Sabe!, and among other events will sponsor the third Lamb and Mescal Festival as part of the festivities.

The Guanajuato Secretariat of Touristic Development announced the First Guanajuato International Gastronomic Week, which will take place from June 1 through 9 in five municipalities of the state (León, Guanajuato, Silao, Celaya and San Miguel de Allende). The event will feature workshops, talks and 13 international chefs and 17 national chefs. One of the events is “Cooking from the Depths of the Earth,” which will be held in the underground street Miguel Hidalgo in Guanajuato on June 7, from 8pm–12am.

The Gastronomic Week will start in San Miguel on Saturday June 1, with the event “Five Chefs, Five Courses, Five Hours” at the Casa de Aves from 1pm–6pm. The Third Lamb and Mezcal Festival will take place on June 2 from 12pm–10pm at Casa de Sierra Nevada del Parque. This festival began in 2011 and since then has featured more than18 ways of preparing lamb, among them cordero a la griega (Greek style), al sarcófago (in puff pastry) and even barbacoa de hoyo (pit-roasted).

Ana Valeria Clares, coordinator of the event, commented that in addition to the lamb more than 15 purveyors from Oaxaca, Guerrero and San Miguel will offer samples of mezcal, which will be for sale at reasonable prices direct from the suppliers. Tatewari, a huichol band that combines traditional music with flamenco, will perform. “It is a band worth hearing,” said Clares, who added that those attending the festival will learn more about the gastronomy offered by local restaurants. Twenty percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Red Cross. Tickets can be purchased at Mama Mía and in the Jardín and cost 250 pesos for adults and 100 pesos for children under 12 years of age. For more information call 152-1293.

Although it is not part of the gastronomic week, on June 8 another event will be held, organized by the Hecho en México Festival. It will feature chef Josu Muguerza from a Basque restaurant. The event will take place in Ventanas de San Miguel from 2–8pm. Muguerza will be cooking on the spot, picking his ingredients from an organic market that will be set up in the area. According to Clares, the price of the ticket is very reasonable, because eating in one of Muguerza’s restaurants could cost 300 Euros. Willy and Lobo will play during the event, and there will be wine samples as well. Tickets, at 650 pesos, can be reserved by calling 152-1293.

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