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Continuing Caborca’s culinary tradition during the festival of 6 de Abril, the Municipal President of Caborca Ing. Francisco Jiménez Rodríguez inaugurated the “Flavors of the Desert Festival III ” along with city officials and councilors of the municipal council, especially tourism officials, the Caborca Office of Conventions and Visitors (OCV), the Caborca Tourism Guides, the Committee of Sonoran Tourism Treasures and the Caborca Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

This occasion was devoted to ethnic heritage, music, dance and culture, and Councilman Reynaldo Gamboa Romero was in charge of inviting and coordinating the participation of the Tohono O’odham people who participated with a food stand that demonstrated the cuisine of the O’odham.

This traditional event included 13 food stands including those sponsored by the Treasures of Sonora Committee, souvenirs of the MHEC museum, Madame Liduvina López, Ricardo Mendia’s Eye of the Deer Artisans , the people of the Tohono O’odham, dried beef and machaca from Productos del Rancho, reproductions of petroglyph etchings by artist Jose Luis Covarrubias, the ethnic Seri people, the Caborca Tourism Guides, OCV Caborca, producers of the unique Sonoran Bacanora and a group of women from Ejido Rodolfo Campodónico who make handicrafts from recycled materials as part of the CEDO Intercultural programs of Puerto Peñasco.

This edition of the Festival offered various traditional dishes like menudo, pozole, barbecue, and traditional ethnic dishes like ceviche, tamales and capirotada. In addition the Valle family made tamales, beans and aguas frescas, and the Monroy family provided meat tamales and other delicious food.

The town of Altar participated in the festival with pan de vieja and pineapple, caramel and pumpkin empanadas, and the people of the Tohono O’odham amazed diners with large tortillas and chili beef burritos. The Bacanora regulatory council offered tastings of bacanora creams, and bacanora, including a special bacanora drink for women.

In all, the crafts souvenirs from the MHEC Museum, displays of the Seri and Tohono O’odham ethnicities, replicas of historic petroglyphs and the aromas of the dishes prepared here along with the rhythm of chords and dances of the Tohono Ootham all contributed to the delight of the festival attendees.

Story and photos provided by Israel Nava B.

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