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City Living - October 1, 2015

Annual state fair begins with parade

Guadalajara’s month-long state fair, the Fiestas de Octubre, grinds into life on Saturday, October 3 at its traditional site, the Benito Juarez Auditorium complex on the northern Periferico (intersection with Av. Alcalde).


City Living - September 26, 2015

Tequila time in Tlaquepaque

Organizers are expecting around 15,000 visitors to pass through the doors of the Centro Cultural El Refugio in Tlaquepaque this weekend as 40 tequila makers set up shop to showcase their products Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27.

The fifth Expo Tequila Tlaquepaque offers tastings, gourmet food, art and photo exhibits, entertainment, Guinness records and more from noon to 11 p.m. daily.   Admission is 30 pesos per person.

Flair bartending displays take place from 3 p.m. on each afternoon of the expo. This is the practice of bartenders entertaining clients or audiences with the manipulation of bar tools (e.g. cocktail shakers) and liquor bottles in tricky, dazzling ways.

Professional bartenders will also be competing in the final of tequila cocktail competition on Saturday, from 4-6 p.m.

In the afternoons, area restaurants will be creating gourmet dishes using tequila as a key ingredient. 

Also on display will be the biggest tequila bottle ever made, as well as the largest collection of tequila bottles (1,201) – both holders of Guinness world records. 

The Centro Cultural El Refugio is at Donato Guerra 160, three blocks from Tlaquepaque Centro.

New model cars on view at Expo Gdl

Anyone looking around for a new car might do no worse than head over to Expo Auto at Expo Guadalajara on September 26 and 27, when most of the auto distributors that operate in metro area Guadalajara will gather under one roof. Organizers say manufacturers will be offering a range of discounts to entice buyers to part with their cash.

Car enthusiasts will also get the chance to drool over new models, as well as peek at the sports cars on show.

For more details go to www.amdajal.com. 

Rugby catches on; 3 teams now in city

Rugby is the sporting flavor of the moment with the 2015 World Cup taking place in England set to enthrall fans of American  football’s “older sibling” over the next six weeks.

Closer to home, rugby is undergoing an unexpected boom in Mexico. New clubs are springing up around the country, with Guadalajara one of the focal points of the game.  

Three metro-area men’s teams – the Rhinos, Lobos and Bisontes – will compete in a seven-team, 12-game regional phase of the top division Liga FMRU 2015-2016, which gets underway this weekend. First up is a local battle between the Rhinos – Guadalajara’s oldest team formed in 2002 – and the Bisontes at the Estadio Tlaquepaque de Rugby on Saturday, September 26, 1 p.m.   Upcoming homes games for the Rhinos are on October 10, November 7, November 28, December 12 and January 16.  Visitors are more than welcome at this purpose-built stadium, and admission is free to all games. The Rhinos also run female and youth teams.  All three Guadalajara teams have Facebook pages and websites with information about their schedules. 

City Marathon only 3 weeks away

The Guadalajara Marathon will be on Sunday, October 18. Sign-up locations include the Parque Metropolitano, Parque Gonzaez Gallo and Comude (sports council) offices at Nevado de Toluca 100, Colonia Independencia. Cost is 100 pesos.  See maratonguadalajara.org for more details.Ci

City Living - September 19, 2015

Tlaquepaque fiestas redux

If you regret missing out on Tuesday evening’s Independence shenanigans there’s a second chance to experience their patriotic flavor at Tlaquepaque’s delayed festivities this weekend. 

City Living - September 5, 2015

Independence bash

The American Society of Jalisco (Amsoc) will be decked out in red, white and green on Saturday, September 12 for the annual Mexican Independence Day celebration lunch. 

On the menu is chamorro (pork shank),  beans, rice, salad and flan for dessert. Tickets cost 150 pesos, available at the front desk. Doors and the bar will open at noon; lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. 

Amsoc is at Avenida San Francisco 3332, Colonia Chapalita. Call 3121-2395 for more information. 

Rebozo Exhibit

The name of the photographer showcased in the Rebozos exhibit at the Colegio de Jalisco in Zapopan is Joel Rivas, and not as published in our August 29 edition. Rivas is shown above, bottom left, with some U.S. visitors who attended the exhibit opening. The display is up through mid-September at the Colegio, Cinco de Mayo 321, two blocks from Andador 20 de Noviembre.

Bike rally

Bikers from various parts of western Mexico will take part in the sixth Rally de la Independencia on September 5 and 6, a trek that both starts and ends in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

Organized by the Moto Clubes Unidos de Jalisco, the rally begins outside the Palacio de Gobierno in Zapopan at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 5.  The bikers will ride en masse to Ixtlahuacan del Rio, Cuquio and Yahualica, where there will be an overnight stay. Sunday’s ride takes in Tepatitlan, Puente Calderon and Tonala, before returning to the Jalisco capital.

At least 1,200 bikers from 74 clubs registered with Moto Clubes Unidos are expected to participate in the 385-kilometer rally.

For more information see motoclubunidosjalisco.mex.

Charro Parade

For those who missed the Mariachi parade last Sunday, there’s another chance to catch a free slice of Mexican culture on Monday, September 14, Dia del Charro (Horseman’s Day).  Local equestrians and their female counterparts, escaramuzas, will parade down Avenida Chapultepec, from Niños Heroes to Avenida Mexico, in all their fancy finery, from 10 a.m.

This year marks the 95th anniversary of the famous Charros de Jalisco equestrian association (not to be confused with the baseball team). 

Pooches

Plaza Andares (Patria and Acueducto) is the only mall in the metro area where patrons are permitted to take their pooches.  On the first visit, you must register your pet with the concierge.  Drinking bowls are even provided for the dogs. For more information go to www.andares.com or call (33) 3648-2280.

Expo Auto

Anyone looking around for a new car might do no worse than head over to Expo Auto at Expo Guadalajara on September 26 and 27, when most of the auto distributors that operate in metro area Guadalajara will gather under one roof. Organizers say manufacturers will be offering a range of discounts to entice buyers to part with their cash.

Car enthusiasts will also get the chance to drool over new models, as well as peek at the sports cars on show.

Expo Auto claims to be one of the biggest motor shows in Latin America. For more details go to www.amdajal.com or call (33) 3343-3000. 

City Living - August 29, 2015

Another farmer’s market

The upmarket Plaza Gourmeteria on Avenida Lopez Mateos Sur, by the entrance to El Palomar subdivision, has followed the lead of the Andares mall and is hosting a weekly farmer’s market

City Living - August 22, 2015

Handcrafted elegance

Saturday, August 22 is the final day of the 47th annual Enarte expo showcasing Mexican handcrafts, gift and decorative items. More than 120 leading manufacturers of high-quality Mexican design are featured. The show is on at the Centro Cultural El Refugio on the corner of Avenida Niños Heroes and the pedestrian walkway in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Restricted to commercial buyers.