It’s Folklorama time!! We kicked things off at the ultra-fun Mexican Pavilion. You can check out all the pavilions and their showtimes right here. Tickets are only $6.00 and the shows are all amazing!
We’re so lucky to live in a city that celebrates diversity so strongly. So, we thought we’d give you our diverse opinions and perspectives on the 2016 Folklorama Mexican Pavilion.
As we were told at the Mexican pavilion, there is only one thing more Mexican than Mariachi: tequila! Seriously. They told us that.
There is an extremely interesting cultural display at the 2016 Folklorama Mexican Pavilion that takes the audience through the whole process of making authentic Mexican tequila. Even if you’re not old enough to drink it, it’s really cool to see how it’s made. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, which takes 8-10 years to fully mature. Once the plant is ready to harvest, the harvester or “Jimador” manually removes the 200 leaves surrounding the heart of the plant, the “piña”, with a tool called a “Coa”.
Approximately, 15 pounds of agave piñas are required to produce one liter of tequila. The piñas are then put into ovens that activate a chemical reaction to convert complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. The sugars are extracted, fermented and distilled before they are aged. Aging can take from two months to over three years!
When you think of a country, you think of food. Okay, fine, when you think about anything, you usually think of food. Still, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear Mexico is yummy and spicy delicacies. You can’t have a Mexican pavilion without a lil’ bit of Mexican food.
Of course, when you first enter the pavilion venue (The RBC Convention Centre), delicious scents waft into your nose. You cannot resist getting a few tasty Mexican treats. When we arrived, we quickly got in line for some and watched as the servers piled different kinds of meats, rice and vegetables onto our plates. Pungent. Sweet. Tangy. Yummy.
To our surprise, the food was not very spicy, but that was easily fixed! All you have to do is get some hot sauce, preferably the kind that says “Caution: Keep Away from Children” across the label. In general, Mexican food is great, and the 2016 Folklorama Mexican Pavilion is the best place to get it.
What do machetes, tequila and a bunch of vibrant colours have in common?
Not much, but the 2016 Folklorama Mexican Pavilion combined them all into one spectacular dance performance. It was accompanied by sporadic mariachi music that shook our bones as we watched. The vivid colours of the performers’ costumes memorized us, as if we were looking into a kaleidoscope.
The dancers brought out machetes and tequila bottles, too. They did some spectacular tricks. Unfortunately one of the bottles smashed on the floor. They played it off like nothing happened.
It was neat to see people from different ethnic backgrounds enjoying the great food and the fantastic dance performance.
The whole experience was like getting smacked in the face with culture. In the best way.
There was some great dancing at the 2016 Folklorama Pavilion, but the mariachi music was especially zesty. They played some live music and the singer was amazing. It was astonishingly awe-inspiring and awesome how they came from the crowd and played their instruments while they walked through the audience and onto the stage.