Two festivals to celebrate Costa Rican vegetables

Two festivals in honor of Costa Rican food products are on the agenda this month.

In Laguna Zarcero the Feria Nacional de Chiverre begins a two-weekend run Friday. This is the eighth edition.

The Expoferia del Palmito has a three-day run starting April 15 in Tucurrique de Cartago.

The Zarcero event features the traditional Semana Santa squash that ends up in a number of table products. One purpose of the fair is to encourage local producers to grow more, said the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.

The main event Friday is the selection of a queen. Saturday features a cattle show and a parade through the community. Sunday features a clinic on cattle directed by a U.S. expert identified as Loren Elsass and a orchestra concert at 1 p.m. and a dance at 8 p.m.

April 16 there is a horse parade and a local food festival the next day.

The Palmito festival has bull fights both Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. This is the second annual edition. Palmito are palm hearts, and this fair is to encourage cultivation of this product, organizers said. There also are plans for a recipe contest.

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