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Feria de la Capirotada

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This annual contest on the Ajijic malecón is about the tradition of Mexican bread pudding that’s served on Fridays during the 40 days of Lent.

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Note: The 2020 Feria de la Capirotada has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

La Feria de la Capirotada is a competition to see who makes the best capirotada, which is similar to bread pudding and served on Fridays during Lent.

Now in its sixth year in 2020, Ajijic’s Feria de la Capirotada is your chance to try out more than 20 varieties of the stuff, from the traditional recipe to more modern approaches.

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.

In past years, the cost of the prizes has been covered by local businesses, who donate gift certificates. This year, however, the Feria did not get enough sponsors, visitors will be charged a 20-peso entrance fee. All the money goes directly to the winners as cash prizes.

Once you’re inside, you’ll get to taste a couple of dozen varieties of capirotada. Have a favorite or two? If you like, you can purchase a token for ten pesos each and drop it in a jar at the table of your choice to vote for who you think makes the best capirotadas.

At the end of the night, all the tokens are added up and the top three winners are announced and given their prizes.

The feria is held on the Ajijic malecón:

2020 Feria de la Capirotada Information

The 2020 Feria de la Capirotada has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Participate as a Contestant

If you want to participate in the feria as a contestant, contact Lee Hopper at 331-706-1234 or send him a message through the feria’s Facebook page.

Last updated March 15, 2020

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

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

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

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 a Mexican version of bread pudding.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

At the Feria de la Capirotada, you'll find a couple of dozen varieties to choose from.

At the Feria de la Capirotada, you'll find a couple of dozen varieties to choose from.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Local businesses contribute the items for the raffle.

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

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.

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

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