The SMA Flavor Feast
Smile, You Are in San Miguel
By Jade Arroyo
More than 40 restaurants and producers of bread, cheese, wine, beer, mezcal, local meats, and organic products in the region met from June 17 to 19 in the charming Parque Juárez to present the Sabores de San Miguel festival for the fourth year.
In a fair-type format, this gastronomic festival featured various stalls offering a bit of everything to suit all tastes, changing their choices daily: global street food one day and gourmet options on others. This came for the modest price of 30 pesos a serving.
Along with tasting, attendees took the opportunity to dance to the rhythms played by the DJs, gossip and laugh with friends and acquaintances, and take advantage of the opportunity to see the colorful parade of Los Locos and celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday.
One of the main attractions of this year was the presence of international chefs, who shared their experiences and tips in the kitchen with the attendees. Demonstrations and talks with the chefs were completely free; there were also additional activities for children and public workshops.
Sabores de San Miguel counted among the invited Paul Anders, chef at Sweet Basil and Mountain Standard, Vail, Colorado (USA). Vail and San Miguel de Allende are “sister cities.”
Some of the participants who returned were Ambrosia, Bhaji, Buenos Aires Bistro, Bui, Carne Vino, Casa de Aves, Casa Sierra Nevada, Cent’anni, Dos Aves Brewery, La Parada, Mente Cacao, Moxi, Rosewood, Salón Oaxaca, San Miguel Gourmet, Spirulina Viva, and The Restaurant. Some new entrants were El Vergel Bistro, Maria Xoconostle, Pork Belly, Santísima Trinidad, and Soul Kitchen.