Airborne tortillas featured at festival starting today

Making a corn tortilla in the air is not as easy as throwing a pizza. There is a certain technique for what Costa Ricans call palmeadas al aire.

So at the Festival de la Tortilla today at the  Colegio Técnico Profesional in Corralillo de Nicoya 12 local women will complete to see who does it best.

The event begins at 2 p.m. A second day of the festival is Wednesday.

Organizers said that the tortilla has an important role in the basic diet of people in Nicoya.  Marco Jiménez, mayor of the Municipalidad de Nicoya, agrees and notes that this festival is in its seventh year. He credited the long lives of some residents to the tortilla.

The festival will begin with a street parade involving traditional street bands and masks. Ox carts and drivers also are expected to attend, said organizers.

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