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First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto

We’re already looking forward to the next Festival of the Chocolate Clam!!

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First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto was a great success! Perhaps best known as California’s first capital, Loreto is also famed for its almejas chocolatas (chocolate clams), June 1st, was the perfect time to sample them. The Restaurant Association of Loreto (CANIRAC), in conjunction with the state tourism department, hosted the historic town’s inaugural Festival of the Chocolate Clam, and it was awesome!

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. Fabulous Chocolate Clams in Loreto

We arrived in the early evening to find the Marina transformed with beautifully decorated food booths, all serving special dishes that highlighted clams. Each restaurant prepared clams in many different ways: chile rellenos stuffed with clams, clams on the half shell with butter, wine and cheese, clams in escabeche, plus many more.

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto Ready for fun at the Clam Festival

 

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. First Annual Almejas Festival in Loreto

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. Fabulous Food at the Loreto Clam Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we sampled all the delicious offerings, we were also enjoying the entertainment, which consisted of mariachis and traditional folkloric dancers, as well as the gorgeous seaside backdrop, with the sun setting over the islands of Loreto and sinking into the Sea of Cortez.

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. Beautiful Folkloric Dancers at the Loreto Clam Festival

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. Mariachis perform at the First annual Clam Festival in Loreto

Later in the evening, we were treated to a dramatic demonstration of Almejas Tatemadas, the way locals traditionally prepared clams hundreds of years ago. First they were covered with sand, and then piled high with a brush that was lit and burned for about 40 minutes, perfectly steaming the clams.

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. Aaron and traditional Amejas Tatamades

 

We’re already looking forward to the next Festival of the Chocolate Clam, scheduled for the first week in June, 2014!First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. Senor chocolate clam from Eco Alianza and Aaron the master clam diver and preparer of traditional Almejas Tatamades

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. Delicious Desserts at the first annual Loreto Clam Festival

First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival in Loreto. Almejas in Escabeche de Hotel Oasis

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