Our little town of San Clemente, Ecuador is the northernmost village along the coast between the mouth (boca) of the Portoviejo river and Punta Charapoto or Bikini Point. San Jacinto on the south is the largest of the three towns and the third village is called San Alejo. When one rides along the malecon (beachside roadway) from south to north, it is difficult to determine where one town ends and the next begins.
Because of their proximity the three towns often unite for festivals. Four years ago the town leaders initiated a Festival Marisco to be held annually alternating each year between the towns. The purpose of the festival (as with all festivals) is foremost to have a great time. But it also serves as a chance for local schools to raise funds, showcase the communities, and highlight the seafood dishes prepared by the local restaurants.
Last year the festival was held in San Clemente and the group that we associate with had a booth and served a sardine dinner with North American chocolate chip cookies provided by Mary. There was a large stand erected downtown for bands and performances and the large speakers were set up for music and dancing into the night. See: https://johnandmarylivingitupinecuador.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/marisco-festival/ for detail on last year’s festival.
This year the festival was held in San Alejo. Although San Alejo is a very small community, they still pulled out all of the stops and cordoned off two blocks for booths and presentations.
There were booths where people could sit down and eat full meals.
And other booths where local schools and organizations promoted fund-raising items.
While I was there a small band group was singing Ecuadorian songs. They were actually quite good and a large group or people were seated listening to the music.
And of course the local restaurants featured some of their seafood dishes.
Some of these dishes looked so good that I was tempted to eat some of the display food, but too many people were watching!
In all it was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon here on the coast where…
Life is good in Ecuador.