Jocote producers planning two weekends to promote the fruit in Aserrí

Those who attend the Feria Nacional del Jocote in La Uruca de Aserrí will be able to tour a plantation where the fruits are raised and also see production facilities where products are created for the store shelves.

The jocotes are those little, green, kind of sour, addictive balls that are coming into season now.

The festival runs two Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in a row, and there will be lots of jocote products for sale as well as typical fiesta offerings.

La Uruca de Aserrí styles itself as the center of jocote production. The  Asociación de Productores de Jocote said some 10,000 visitors were expected. The festival is supported by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo. Those who attend also will be able to hike on some of the trails in the area including one to Cerro Candalaria and the Reserva Caraires.

The event actually begins Friday at 2 p.m. when sales will begin at the local fairgrounds. Then there is karaoke at 6 p.m. Saturday the program begins at 8 a.m. with tours of production facilities in the afternoon. Sunday the tours are in the morning with concerts and a dance in the evening.

Aug. 15, the following Friday, there is a concert for the Día de la Madre.  The day also is a public holiday. Then Aug. 16 and 17 the tours are in the morning with concerts in the afternoon and evening. Fireworks closing the celebration is planned for Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.. That is a Sunday evening.

For Pacific coast residents, Friday and Saturday is when the II Festival Gastronómico del Mar will be held in Puntarenas. The location is the Universidad Técnica Nacional. Planned are workshops in food preparation, drink mixing and sales of such products. More information is at the festival Web site.

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