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Traditional Guatemala Food and Street Vendors

Visiting the Kite Festival in Sumpango on Day of the Dead, November 1, in Guatemala is a super rare treat. It is also a supreme time to get a glimpse into the world of Guatemalan food vendors. But the most surprising part – how incredibly cheap and tasty it is.

However, the one dish that is only served on Day of the Dead – Fiambre – isn’t served here. This you have to go to restaurants or be invited for homemade Fiambre.

Traditional Guatemala Food – Any way you like it!

Corn – the staple food of Guatemala

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And the equally important staple of Guatemalans – Tortillas – made of corn flour

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Cotton Candy – to me this usually brings memories of circuses. But my kids were begging for it and for 50 cents a bag, how can I say no.

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Corbatas – which literally means tie (as in a tie for a man). They are sweet fried dough. But honestly, taste as boring as this guy is bored.

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Typical Guatemalan food – in typical Guatemalan style. A little bit dirty.

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A closer look at what is being sold from the ground up.

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Ice Cream galore. There were over 20 of these guys. This was before the major rush, they were preparing themselves.

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Roasted pig – this is actually not too common. And if it is, I haven’t been invited to these gatherings and am quite proud of it! Maybe if I was living in Argentina or Uruguay, but in Guatemala this just seems a bit excessive.

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Tacos, tacos, tacos. This is a fun food to eat and is the typical fair food as we have fried dough in the States.

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More corn

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And meat. What is anything without Carne, churiso, longanizas and more meat.

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Traditional Guatemalan Soup. And how do you like the plastic cooking with the pot?

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Pop Corn – the international kid friend favorite and almost always a safe call.

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Tortillas – of course

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Chicharrones – pork grinds as we know it. I actually have never seen the process of this fatty, fat dish.

Step one – get the pork skins and throw them into tons of grease.

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Step 2 – cook them until they become small pieces cooking in their own pork fat.

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Step 3 – friend pork grinds.

And surprisingly they are quite tasty. If you like bacon, chances are you will get hooked on this dish as well.  

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Fresh Fruit – this was my chosen food of the day. And for 60 cents a cup, I splurged and splurged!

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Let’s just say there is never a shortage of food at any of Guatemala’s festivities. And they are so fun to try and taste. And for most dishes that don’t cost more than $3, it’s worth giving most a taste.


Traditional Guatemala Food and Street Vendors

 

 

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