On Candlemas Day, a traditional date to savor this delicious tamale, this Friday, February 2, the eighth edition of the National Tamal and Cocoa Fair will take place at the Yucatecan Song Museum, with a wide variety of flavors and presentations, in addition to “Tayayú”, from Citilcum, Izamal municipality.
This event will feature the participation of 14 exhibitors of tamales, around 10 suppliers of cocoa-related products, and local artisans.
“On this occasion, the particularity is that we are returning to our Yucatecan and Mexican roots, that is why we do not have a guest country, we want to promote our tamales and the diversity that exists in this sense. The best date to eat tamales is Candlemas Day. If you get a doll in the “Rosca de Reyes” you are supposed to buy Tamales for the whole family,” said Alberto Lavalle, owner of Yucatán Foodie, organizer of the event, at a press conference held this year—day, at the festival headquarters.
Attendees will find chicken, pork, espelon, and ground beef tamales, stuffed with cochinita, Queso de bola (Dutch Cheese), or black filling; in addition to the Mexican style of rajas with cheese, green save, mole, or birria.
“We have different types of tamales for different types of Yucatecans; there are vegan tamales, we have the “Coquette Tamale” that is fashionable nowadays, and we have participants from the Citilcum community, in the municipality of Izamal, who will bring their famous Tayayú,” Alberto Lavalle continued.
The Tayayú is a tamale very similar to the “Colado”, but its preparation process is similar to the Mucbipollo since it is cooked underground.
During the day, cocoa products, chocolates, atole, and champurrado will also be sold. Likewise, a cultural program with Yucatecan music will be part of the event to liven up the atmosphere.
“Unfortunately, abroad the only thing that is known about Mexico are tacos, these types of events help to promote the fact that Mexico is not only the “taco country”, but that we have an extensive gastronomic offer, and especially here in Yucatan, cuisine is much more than tacos,” said chef Diego González Figueroa, consultant and promoter of Mexican gastronomy in Portugal.
The fair will open its doors at 2:00 p.m., with free admission, two hours later the musical show will begin.