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An Artist’s Memorial Day Week-end

For the past five years, artists have come together in Rosarito at the end of May for the Rosarito Art Fest. This festival celebrates the region’s different art forms, from photography and painting, to dancing and music, as well as food and drink.

A craftsman shows his drums
A craftsman selling handmade drums

Throughout the day, you can walk around the various tents and look at Baja art and artesanias. There is something for every taste, from David Silvah‘s art to interesting animals and people, as well as Damian Davila‘s surf photography; you are sure to find something you like.

"For a clean and safe Rosarito" and enjoying some local art
“For a clean and safe Rosarito” and enjoying some local art

The variety of food was typical of the region. You could find fish tacos, Caesar salads, quesadillas, Argentinian empanadas, and everything in between. If you were craving it, it was there.

Ever heard of three cheese quesadilla? Well that was available and fresh from the cow!
Ever heard of three cheese quesadilla? Well that was available and fresh from the cow!

On top of having delicious food, there were plenty of drinks. From Tequila jarritos to craft beer and local wine (as well as juice and lemonade!), you were sure to find something that quenched your thirst.

Check out the Ferris Wheel as you enjoy a nice, cold beer
Check out the Ferris Wheel as you enjoy a nice, cold beer

The event’s goal is to promote other aspects of Baja California. Not just the ugly ones the media portrays or the already well known Baja Med movement. This Art Fest has been getting bigger and more organized as people are becoming less afraid of Baja California. So get your calendars ready, next year’s will be in exactly one year!

Enjoying the music and dancing
Enjoying the music and dancing

 

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Week-end Idea: the CECUT’s Expo Artesanal

Are you not sure what you should do this week-end? If you passport hasn’t expired and you want to explore Mexico, not just Tijuana, drive to the CECUT, Tijuana’s cultural center. There’s currently an artesania (craft) fair you should definitely check out.

The CECUT set itself up with tents, food, and a fun concert.
The CECUT set itself up with tents, food, and a fun concert.

There are vendors from all over Mexico,such as Michoacan, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Nayarit. You name the state, it will most likely be represented. The variety of crafts being sold goes from organic make-up to intricately woven dresses and copper bathtubs.

The hand sewn dresses cost around $400 dollars, once you see the work that goes into it, you'll understand.
The hand sewn dresses cost around $400 dollars, once you see the work that goes into it, you’ll understand.

But if you’re looking for a small souvenir, you’ll also be able to find it, there is cool Mexican jewelry. From beaded necklaces and bracelets to silver earrings and cuffs, there’s something for everyone. There are even little backpacks and key-chains if you just want something small.

Little souvenirs you can take home... You can even pretend you traveled elsewhere than Tijuana!
Little souvenirs you can take home… You can even pretend you traveled elsewhere than Tijuana!

But the crafts are not the only reason you should visit. There is an abundance of food, drink, and salsa sampling from all over Mexico (think cool alcoholic beverages you’ve probably never heard of). If you get thirsty, you can buy a mug of café de olla, a typically Mexican way of making coffee or atole, a fruit and milk based hot drink (not the best idea considering the day’s heat but luckily the night was cooler!).

Mexico's typical atole and café de olla booth. You can also buy a cool mug for $35, it's way more eco-friendly than the styrofoam cups they usually come in!
Mexico’s typical atole and café de olla booth. You can also buy a cool mug for $35, it’s way more eco-friendly than the Styrofoam cups they usually come in.

The food involved your typical tacos and meat-based meals, however the ingredients were fresh. If there is a picky eater in your family or group of friends, you will be able to find something for them. Pancakes and nutella crepes were available for those afraid to try something new; and for those of you who have already tried tacos, try branching out by eating a huarache (beef on cactus).

Freshly made tacos!
Freshly made tacos!

To add to the already pleasant atmosphere, there was a great band playing in the background. The show went on until 11, when the band stopped and the booths rested until 10 am tomorrow morning.

Typical Mexican candy booth.
Typical Mexican candy stand.

If you can’t think of anything to do this week-end, definitely think of going to Tijuana. This event is a Mexican experience and you will get to see much more of Mexico than if you were to visit TJ on a regular week-end.

Intricately woven mantle pieces, also available as pillowcases.
Intricately woven mantle pieces, also available as pillowcases.

I’m hoping to hear about your experience; please share it in the comments!

To get to the CECUT: after crossing the border, stay on the route that says ZONA RIO you will see a big ball on your left. That’s the CECUT.

 

*Follow Baja is Yours on Instagram @Bajaisyours to see what Baja California has to offer.

Marfil: 100% Tijuana

Tijuana has great food, people, and places to hang out. However most people don’t know much about Tijuana-made products (and I don’t mean those in the maquiladoras!). There are so many local brands that have interesting Tijuana inspired clothes. One of these is Marfil (Spanish for ivory).

Marfil sale at the CECUT
Marfil sale at the CECUT

The designer, Fernanda, is a graphic design student at the UABC (Autonomous University of Baja California). All her designs are Tijuana (or Mexico) inspired.

Frida Kahlo v-neck shirt. Also available as a sweatshirt.
Frida Kahlo v-neck shirt. Also available as a sweatshirt.

She makes shirts for men and women as well as unisex sweatshirts. They are sold in local markets around Tijuana; you’ll usually find her at the Foodgarden, a local restaurant that holds monthly farmer’s markets. their next event is their 1-year anniversary and if you want your Marfil shirt, she’ll be there Saturday March 15th.

Men's sugar skull Marfil shirt.
Men’s sugar skull Marfil shirt.

Support Marfil on Saturday March 15th!

*I do not own the pictures, they were taken from the Marfil Facebook page.