After our market adventures and lots of walks around town in San Miguel, we were more than ready to try out some more street food. Luckily enough, we were off to a Street Food Festival as part of the San Miguel Writer’s Festival! The Fiesta evening was perfect — organized by Michael (who we met at the Tuesday market), who knows his street food. He managed to get a variety of vendors to come and create their traditional Mexican street foods for us at our party.
The evening started with a mariachi band, and dancing. We were served plenty of tequila, first in small clay shot glasses hung around our necks, then in margaritas rimmed with salt:
and finally in Agua de Jamaica (cold hibiscus flower tea) served in earthenware cups:
And the snacks to start the evening included steamed green garbanzo beans in their pods (a lot like edamame, but chickpea-ier):
And one of my new all-time favourites, jicama dipped in lime juice and crushed peanuts. (Did you know that jicama is a legume, and we eat the root?)
One of the vendors was José (the chef we met with Michael at the Tuesday market), who brought his zucchini empanadas, pineapple empanadas, and manzana (apple) bread. José also joined us for breakfast the next morning, and told us all about his work preparing for the Fiesta, and how he is experimenting with adding lovely spices to breads.
I was a little worried as a vegetarian about whether or not I’d find enough to eat, but I didn’t need to worry — we also had the best tamales (corn-based masa dough, wrapped in a leaf) I’ve ever had in my life. Small, moist, and full of flavour, I was especially happy for the “red sauce” tamales!
And the gorditas! A thick tortilla, also made with masa (corn) flour, stuffed with cheese and mushrooms. Very similar to the pupusas from El Salvador that I get here in Toronto, in Kensington Market. Divine, and a new favourite food!
And of course, the evening’s entertainment wouldn’t be complete without a Stalin piñata hit by the keynote speaker, author Barbara Kingsolver:
and my dear friend Pem:
And of course, a sweet churro (fried dough) to round off the palate.
Now I have to figure out how to get all this great food back at home… I miss it already. Mmm, gorditas.