If you've ever been to a fair here in Playa, then you know how much fun they can be. Frankly, only one time have I ever actually found anything I though was actually worth buying. Nevertheless, they are very entertaining, a great people watching opportunity at very least. Tonight, we spent several hours wandering through a really good fair, set up in the new park on the corner of Avenida 15 and Juarez, the one we refer to as Parque los Trabajadores for the migrant workmen who were recently displaced from this very visible, high traffic spot. It's actually a vast improvement over the shabby basketball court that once stood there. Tonight, the park was filled with tents and tables filled with handmade clothes, toys, crafts, food, and traditional medicinal items all brought here by a traveling group of artisans and craftsmen from Oaxaca. It's too bad they weren't here a few weeks ago as they would have has a booming business selling the beautifully knitted and appliqued sweaters, shawls and mittens. Of course, there was more, and we spent several hours going from booth to booth taking it all in. The kids had fun amusing themselves on the climbing walls and nets and bugging us for candy and churros. There was a mime comedy show, karaoke, portrait sketch artists and regional food vendors. I even finally got to try chapulines!! A successful family outing by our standards. If you are in Playa and you have some time, head over to the park and check it out. They are here until Tuesday February 17th.

Art Fair Playa del Carmen

Art Fair Playa del Carmen
Mmmm. Nothing says "carnival" liked fried dough!

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen
Moles, chiles and other seasonings

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen
Fresh baked breads.

Art Fair Playa del Carmen
I should have gone back to buy some of this stuff.

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Art Fair Playa del Carmen
Me thinks they have had problems in the past.

Art Fair Playa del Carmen

Art Fair Playa del Carmen

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Art Fair Playa del Carmen

Art Fair Playa del Carmen
Budding young artisans.

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen

Art Fair Playa del Carmen
Chapulines!! Small grasshoppers fried with chile and lime. A classic W.W.M.D. moment.

Art Fair Playa del Carmen
She's her mother's daughter for sure.

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen
Luis from Ecuador with his beautiful sweaters.

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen
I picked up a few of these clever finger puppets. 10 pesos a piece.

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Cheesy engraved pendants. Of course, Birdie had to have one!

Art Fair Playa del Carmen
Oh yeah. We blend.

Craft Fair Playa del Carmen
Churros! The perfect end to a perfect night!!

 

 

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