Argentines love their street fairs and it’s easy to see why. The food, handicrafts, music and performances will keep you entertained for hours and planning your next visit before you leave. There are several popular ones in the city that happen every week, such as the San Telmo Antique Market or the Recoleta Artisans’ Market. But if you have some extra time or a wish to explore a little further, then the Feria de Mataderos is a must. The fair honors the region’s rich history through traditional dance, crafts and sport. “Mataderos,” the name of the town, literally means “slaughterhouses.” You can probably guess what they’re famous for.
The folkloric dance is a treat to watch. Costumed locals stamp, twirl and flirt with colorful scarfs in the traditional zamba.
Spectators can watch Gauchos go head to head in a friendly competition called “Carerra de Sortija” or “Race of the Ring” wherein they gallop full force towards a small hanging silver band and must ring it with a tiny stick they hold. It’s quite a bit of fun to join in with the cheering when they succeed.
The goods are particularly interesting, leaning towards more authentic craftsmanship, rather than the touristic souvenirs often found near the city.
Of course, there will always be the usual suspects that find their way in. On my visit to the fair, I ran in to this familiar face…
A visit to the Feria de Mataderos is a really enjoyable experience for all ages and should definitely be put on your list, should you have a free Sunday in Buenos Aires. All information on dates, times, and transportation can be found on their site here.