The iconic Mexican dish whose colors match those of the flag is hard to miss during September, the month of independence celebrations when the flag is everywhere.
But chiles en nogada should be very hard to miss in San Nicolás de los Ranchos next month when the town goes all out and prepares as many as 40,000 servings as part of its annual fair.
The mountain town in Puebla, the state where the chiles dish originated, began staging its Chiles en Nogada Festival in 2002 with the intention of preserving the traditional preparation of the dish.
It is now a cultural and tourism promotion for this community, located just 40 minutes from the city of Puebla, in the shadow of the volcano Popocatépetl.
The chiles en nogada, whose flag colors come from the principal ingredients of green poblano chiles, white walnut sauce and red pomegranates, will be served on five days — August 1, 2, 8, 9 and 15, at a price of just 90 pesos.
The economic spinoff from the event is expected to generate more than 4 million pesos.
The food will be prepared by 40 families using 3.5 tonnes of poblano chiles, about eight tonnes of each fruit that goes into the filling and 15 tonnes of walnuts, all of which will be sourced in the region.
In addition to the gastronomy the fair will offer arts and cultural events until August 23.
Source: Milenio (sp)