We spent an amazing night celebrating the birthday of my friend Jacobo - an adventure partner in Dublin - at the house of our friends Pablo and Naty, who were my family in Dublin years ago and still are in the distance. Roast, drinks and football late in the morning summarize what was a great night.
After this we dive into the Mendoza Festival.
There are several parades and things to see during these days between March 5 and 9.
We spent a night at the famous Party in Piazza which takes place for 3 consecutive nights in the central Plaza de Italia. There we found stands of exquisite Italian food, live music and rivers of people everywhere. Although the food is good you have to endure long lines to get what you want.
Friday night leaves the night ride with all the ornate floats and the queens of the different departments - which will compete on Saturday for the scepter of Queen of the Harvest - greeting and throwing typical products of the land to the public. People are prepared with long rods at the end of which they tie a kind of bucket to collect everything they throw more easily. You can go home with apples, grapes, roast pieces ... everything!
The same type of parade but with some extras is repeated on Saturday morning as a prelude to the big event of the week: the Harvest Festival in the amphitheater of Mendoza Glory Hill. As a historical note, it should be remembered that Mendoza has a great importance in the history of the South American liberation since San Martín gathered his troops here and chose the Paso de Los Libertadores as the entry point to Chile. Today, the statue of Cerro de la Gloria is the one that adorns the much used 5-peso Argentine banknotes. And for the record that all this has not been pulling encyclopedia but my great friend -Gallina, of course- explained it to me, Carly, Pablo's brother.
The tickets for the show in the amphitheater they must be booked in advance through some of the Mendoza tourist agencies. In our case, Pablo took care of everything and we only had to go to remove the 6 tickets in the best area of the amphitheater: the Malbec tier.
The price paid for them -170 pesos per person with round trip transportation included- without a doubt it was worth it.
The show, in which they dance, perform and sing more than 750 artists on a huge stage with aquatic part, it is one of those that leave you speechless for about two hours. You really do not know where to fix your eyes with so many people dancing around all areas and levels of the stage, filling it with a colorful of the great fictional montages of Disney movies. But this is real!
The story changes every year but always revolves around the main theme of the vintage, the grape and the life of the people who work around it.
Really beautiful, something you can not miss if you are in these lands on these dates.
What came next was not so good because the Garcas presenters on duty got to sing the 315 votes - one by one! There is work - that determined the Queen of the Harvest. In the end the cat took the representative of the department of San Martín to the water, Luján being my favorite. But well, this, as everywhere is more politicizing than anything else.
Magnificent fireworks fired us on a long but unforgettable night. Long live the Harvest! Long live Mendoza and its people! and Long live Argentina!5.001