Saturday, September 17, 2011

Caminos Y Sabores

Caminos y sabores: Alimentos regionales, artesanías y turismo. Una cita con las raíces de nuestra identidad.
Journeys and flavors: Regional, artisan and tourism products. A date with the the roots of our identity.
From the 14 to the 18 of September there was an expo called Caminos y Sabores which showcased uniquely Argentine products, artisan foods and crafts and the nation's tourist destinations. Some products from Uruguay and Chile were also represented. It was held at La Rural and was a well spent A$ 30 for hundreds of samples and thousands of products. Inside booths were arranged according to tourism destinations, crafts, and types of food. We had a little less than 2 hour there so we spent most of the time in the food section. The first area held booths offering sweets, including chocolates, various candies, pastries and alfajores (a layered dessert with many variation usually made of cookies layered with dulce de leche and covered in chocolate).
The next section offered honey (both liquid and sold) and jams, jellies and chutney (made from various fruits). This was where I saw what I consider the most unique product in the expo. It was a sweet made from wood, which you could use as a spread or eat plain. It had a consistency similar to caramel but with plant fibers. It wasn't bad, but more of a novelty than something I would want to buy and eat on the regular.
The next area offered flavored liquors, which to my surprise was produced by several different companies. They had liquors in the flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, fruits and more. There was also a few artisan beer stands and some for wine (not many though because wine has it's own festival entirely). Then there was an area which offered natural foods like nuts, dried fruits, potatoes and bread.
Next was a huge section of spices, olive oils and vinegars which came in various flavors and blends from all regions. After that began the meat and cheese section. Some businesses were exclusively cheese producers, but many offered cheese and fiambres, which are processed meat products like salami and sausage. I didn't eat much meat because most of the products are made from pork, though one stand offered wild boar. However, I tried dozens of cheeses which were wonderful, and came in a myriad of varieties - seasoned, plain, mild, strong and from goats milk. 
Of course I had to make several purchases that are shown in the picture below. A bottle of artisan balsamic vinegar from Ilinca, pesto nut Mozzarella, smoked Linburger cheese with onion from Flia Yercovich, garlic spread made with honey from Marian Arytza, a cranberry flavored jellied sweet from Blason, a peanut brownie to cure homesickness, and pistachios from Pisté which I forgot in the picture. Bon Appétit to me!

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