Here we are in July! I’ve been away in Canada for 3 months and am thrilled to be back to the peace and quiet, birdsong and beauty of San Gerardo. We are so lucky!
July brings with it yearly un poquito veranillo – a little Indian summer – roughly a month of warm sun and less rain from mid month into August. Signs are it’s on its way: there are dry days already and Sunday at the feria in Canaan was one of them.
The women’s group in Canaan organized another wonderful gathering all day and invited other women from neighbouring villages to participate by bringing their produce to sell, participating in dance and theatre and in the famous dessert competition at which I was nominated a judge!
These ferias are a wonderful way for people to meet up and socialize as well as pick up their weekly groceries all locally produced. On offer were vegetables, eggs, cheese, honey, breads, organic
coffee, spices and herbs and lots more. We were all tempted by Samaritan Chocolate’s dipped fruit in chocolate(!) as well as heavenly ice creams and baking. The community also had on offer traditional tamales, oja de carne and casados – all home-cooked and delicious.
I was even more challenged when asked to be one of 4 judges at the dessert competition! Well what do you say when there’s cream of passion fruit, chocolate almond cake and tres leches to try?!! The participants had been asked to use only local, natural ingredients so the winners had achieved a lot just to get there! Have a look at these
delicious entries – which would you pick?
The entertainment was rounded off by a troupe of bellydancers who are now well-known in the area for their exquisite blend of bhangra with belly-dancing. What fun! Then came the stilt walkers and the animal-masked dancers from Escuela Pueblo Nuevo. The day felt
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as multicultural as any I had experienced in Canada and here we were in remote and rural Costa Rica! Bravo to the organizers and the participants all.
This weekend – fiesta in Herradura! Don’t miss it! And make sure you’re here for el poquito veranillo!
PS Proyecto San Gerardo is also rather desperately searching for more volunteers for our
café and for classes! Contact us through this blog or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.