“Knowledge and flavors: from the cuisine of western Honduras. The route of the baked pig.”

As part of the dissemination strategies and within the framework of the project “National Strategy for the Promotion of Economic and Cultural Resources” in Regional Centers of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), the traveling exhibition “Santa Rosa de Copan” was developed Knowledge and flavors: from the cuisine of western Honduras. The route of the baked piggy ”, at the Copán Expo 2019, which took place from May 1 to 5.

This event, in which the main attraction is the baked pig, had the support and organization of the Centro de Arte y Cultura (CAC) UNAH, the DAFT-UNAH Academic Directorate of Technological Training, in coordination with the Western Regional University Center ( CUROC) and the National Chamber of Tourism of Santa Rosa (CANATUR – Santa Rosa).

It is important to mention that historically pork has been present in the kitchen for many years, in Europe it became the most representative dish of Spanish cuisine.

In Honduras, in the western region, specifically in Ocotepeque, Copan and Lempira, there is the tradition of “baked pork”, which is prepared particularly on special dates such as weddings, birthdays, baptisms, Christmas, among others.

Chanchito Route Worktable 1

It should be noted that the research that was carried out for the development of the exhibition is part of the documentation and systematization process carried out by the CAC-UNAH Research Unit. In addition, he has conducted research focused on regional production, being the first “Territories, Families and Industry: History of Copán Dry and Timoshenko drinks” in 2016, “Coffee, territory and society” and “History of Cocoa” in 2017, and “A paradise of flavors and smells, tobacco” in 2018.

With these projects, it seeks to value local economies and invite the viewer to take a tour through the varied cuisine and products that are part of the Honduran culture.

Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela dressed in orange to celebrate the second edition of the “Orange Festival summer edition 2019”, which took place from March 23 to 30.

Under the direction of at least 32 cultural, artistic, entertainment, heritage and more organizations, in this edition of the festival there was a varied and entertaining program.

This enormous work enhanced by the orange industry, whose actors in the area constantly contribute to the efforts to bring citizens back to the place of historical memory, is known as creative economy and according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB ), today represents 4% of the Gross Domestic Product of Latin America.

This colorful festival was held in order to encourage, stimulate and create a space for the arts, where creative entrepreneurs and artists have the opportunity to promote their products, and is also ideal for sharing with family and friends.

Comayagüela Cultural District

To carry out this extraordinary event, there was also the participation of the Cultural District of Comayagüela, which is made up of an inter-institutional group that works towards the revaluation of Comayagüela. These institutions are: Centro de Arte y Cultura (CAC) of UNAH, La Policlinica Hospital, Honduran Red Cross, Comayagüela Digital City, Immaculate Conception Church, National School of Fine Arts, Honduran Institute of Inter-American Culture and the Bank of Workers.

The Cultural District designs and implements social and cultural projects in order to recover, transform and value public spaces and their heritage.

Activities in the Cultural District

It began on March 23 with artistic exhibitions and demonstration of the process of creating a work by students of the National School of Fine Arts in Parque La Libertad.

On March 24, the Art City Tour was held, which aims to bring people from Tegucigalpa and abroad to the cultural scene of the capital.

On March 25, 27 and 29, children’s play workshops were held with the first grade girls of the Republic of Argentina School of Comayagüela at the IHCI.

On March 26, a guided tour was held at the CAC-UNAH and the historic center of Comayagüela with the ninth grade students of the IHCI, first and second grade students of the José Simón Azcona School and seventh and tenth grade students of the Álvaro Contreras Government Basic Education Center.

This tour was aimed at getting to know the exhibition halls of the V Biennial of Visual Arts 2018 “Ezequiel Padilla Ayestas”, as well as the history of the different sculptures of La Libertad Park and the surrounding architectural works.

On March 28 at the CAC-UNAH, the “Intangible Heritage of Comayagüela Markets” patrimony was carried out, which was in charge of the historian and in charge of the CAC-UNAH Heritage Unit, Mr. Luis Lozano ; It was attended by ninth grade students of the Abelardo Fortín Institute.

At the close of the festival the artistic activities began at nine in the morning with folk dance groups, contemporary dance, string music groups and theater groups.

In addition, a free medical consultation was carried out by the La Policlinica hospital, animation and traditional games by the Honduran Red Cross.

Similarly, there were 200 students from the schools with whom he works at the “Glee de Glaswing Club”, a non-profit organization that addresses the root causes of poverty and violence in communities through programs of education and health.

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