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City Living - August 24, 2013

Food festival in Zapopan

A gastronomic festival planned at the Centro Cultural Las Aguilas in Zapopan next week will include a photographic exhibit opening, a book presentation, a display of Jalisco cuisine and a salsas competition for students.

The photo exhibit “La Cuachala” opens Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 p.m. The show illustrates the process of making cuachala, a dish from southern Jalisco made with chicken, chilies and toasted grains of corn. Josefina Guerrero Gutierrez will cook up the dish for general tasting.

The presentation of “Sabor de Mi Pueblo,” a recipe book by María del Refugio Arroyo, takes place on Wednesday, August 28, 6 p.m., followed by a show of regional dishes.

Among many delicacies, aficionados of Mexican cuisine will be interested to see and taste sweets and preserves from Jalostotitlan and Mascota, ice cream from Cocula, “Tachihual” bread from Zacoalco de Torres, tamarind tamales from Toliman and rompope (egg nog) from Atotonilco.

The salsas contest for students will be held at the cultural center on Thursday, August 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. Competitors must register by the day before and make enough salsa to serve 30 people. Prizes include cookery books and utensils. All are welcome.

The Centro Cultural Las Aguilas is located at Avenida Lopez Mateos Sur 5003, to one side of the prominent TV Azteca Studios.

Mammoth gets new decor

Visitors to Guadalajara’s Regional Museum will notice some significant changes in the paleontology room, which houses the city’s famous mammoth skeleton.

The mammoth is the museum’s showcase exhibit and by far the most popular with visitors. The makeover to its digs includes improvements in the lighting, decor and security system. The remainder of the exhibits in the room have been given new glass casings and information labels.

One of only five standing mammoth skeletons on exhibit in Mexico, it was discovered near Zacoalco de Torres, 40 miles to the west of the metropolitan area.

Foreign students flock in

University of Guadalajara (UdG) Rector Tonatiuh Bravo this week welcomed 540 foreign students who will be taking courses at the institution over the coming academic year, either for one or two semesters.

The UdG has interchange agreements with 750 universities around the world. The new intake of foreign students comes from Europe, Asia and North and South America. Although most will be studying in the Guadalajara metropolitan area, some will take courses at regional campuses, including Puerto Vallarta, Tepatitlan and Autlan.

The UdG has become a magnet for international students, said Carlos Soulé Farías, the university’s head of International Relations, thanks to its “iconic” status in the heart of the country, as well as its “academic excellence.”

Hershey’s goes planting

Employees and family members from Hershey’s Mexico have helped plant 5,000 trees in the Primavera Forest on the western outskirts of Guadalajara. More than 2,000 people associated with the local chocolate company took part in the undertaking, according to the National Forestry Commission (Conafor). Conafor’s goal in Jalisco is to plant trees in 18,000 hectares of deforested land during the remainder of the year.

Beer Festival moves

Guadalajara’s annual Festival de la Cerveza (Beer Festival) will be moving this year to a new venue: next to the Omnilife Stadium, located near the intersection of the Periferico and Avenida Vallarta. Previous editions have been held in land adjacent to the Parque Metropolitano. The dates of the 2013 festival – the sixth edition – are Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20. The entry fee has not been set.

Upcoming soccer matches:

Estudiantes vs. Necaxa (Tres de Marzo) Friday, August 23, 7.30p.m.

Atlas vs. Pumas (Estadio Jalisco) Saturday, August 24, 9 p.m.

Leones Negros vs. Correcaminos (Estadio Jalisco) Friday, August 30, 8.30 p.m.

Chivas vs. Toluca (Estadio Omnilife) Sunday, September 1, 5 p.m.

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