Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Feria de Capirotada

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This annual contest celebrates the tradition of Mexican being served during Lent.

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This event is a competition to see who makes the best capirotada, which is similar to bread pudding and served during Lent.

Now in its fifth year, Ajijic’s Feria de Capirotada is your chance to try out more than 20 varieties of the stuff, from the traditional recipe to more modern approaches.

Have a favorite or two? Purchase a token for ten pesos and drop it in a jar at the table of your choice to vote for who you think makes the best capirotadas.

All the proceeds support this relatively new tradition in Ajijic and prizes are given to the top three winners.

Many local businesses contribute gift certificates and other products which the crowd buys to help out.

Founder Lee Hopper, who moved to Ajijic in the 1960s as a child with his parents, says that it’s Mexico’s only feria de capirotada.

2019 Feria de Capirotada Information

The next Feria de Capirotada is April 6, 2019. Last year, the feria was held on the malecón in Ajijic for the first time, instead of the plaza, so it will likely be held at the same place this year.

Last updated December 19, 2018

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The Feria de Capirotada happens every year in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, on the weekend before Easter. The 2019 edition happens on April 6.

The feria has a couple dozen participants from the town who compete for the best capirotada.

Capirotada is a Mexican version of bread pudding.

Capirotada is traditionally served only on Fridays during the 40-day period of Lent leading up to Easter.

Ajijic's Feria de Capirotada is the only fair in the world devoted to capirotada.

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Some of the capirotadas take an additional approach with raisins, almonds, cinnamon, piloncillo (like brown sugar), and cheese.

While some cooks give their capirotada a modern take with the addition of ingredients such as sprinkles.

All the samples are free to try.

And there is a couple dozen to choose from.

Winners are chosen by dropping a token at the table of your favorite capirotada.

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A man sells tachihual, a type of bread made in Ajijic and San Juan Cosalá.

Lee Hopper, the feria's founder and MC, holds a bottle of tequila for raffling.

A number of items are raffled and the proceeds go to the prizes for the three winners of the capirotada contest.

Local businesses contribute the items for the raffle.

One of the runners-up with her proud children receives her prize.

The first, second, and third place winners of the Feria de Capirotada 2018.

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