From Friday to Sunday, there was a big wine festival in Chillán, called Fiesta de la Vendimia.
As my dad asked me to bring him a bottle of wine from Chile, this was the perfect opportunity to get some wine from this region. Already the entrance to the wine section was promising.
Yes, it is a wine fountain. And yes, this were real wine and grapes. At the festival, there were about 30 stands offering either wine or something to eat, or both. During the two days we were there, I tried maybe 20 different wines. My friend was very patient and helping by telling the owner of the stands what I was looking for. But more on that in another entry.
What I especially liked about this festival is that it is one for the whole family. There are sections were the kids could draw, they had bouncy castles, and I also saw a card magician.
I think I don’t need to tell you that as an adult you feel even better here =). There was plenty of food, especially a lot of meat. On Friday, my friend and I ate a Longoniza again. It was really, really good with a kind of tomato sauce on top and in a bun. I collected some pictures of the diverse food collection below.
Of course, there was also a lot of beer. I found a stand with some very cool guys who had also very good beer. The German influence in the southern part of Chile is visible on every corner^^.
Though, my highlight of the festival were the performances. I think that videos can speak more than I am able to describe it with words. That is why I made some videos. The first one is a short one of two couples dancing a traditional dance.
The second video is a performance from two women. The music and the performance somehow reminded me of Berlin.
And last but not least, one of the best drum ensembles I have witnessed so far. They are incredibly talented. The first thought I had was that they might be a perfect fit for the band Seeed from Berlin. But judge for yourself: The Chinchineros.
As there was a lot to see, I might write another blog entry about the festival. Until then, I wish you a wonderful day and take care!