Monday, November 8, 2010

What's in a hat? Fiesta de La Cerveza in Malloco, Chile

Where to start? Every year, Chile has a bit of a beerfest out in Malloco, out the old highway to Talagante. It's a big, fun, family affair that really, people bring their kids to. They give out tiny tastes of beer and a big beer costs about $3, and a bigger one about $4, and that's alot for Chile, but still, the number of people that go is astounding, and we all stand around in the sun and take tiny tastes and then decide what to drink.

And in the middle of everything, as I stood back, I noticed two things. 1. Everyone at the beer fest was incredibly happy (though not many were particularly drunk). Joyous, smiling, wandering, sausage-eating, happy and 2. Hats! my goodness, they were everywhere. We are not a hat-wearing people in Chile and certainly it's easier to take pictures of hats than of happy.

And so I present:

Viking!
one of many hats 21

Mysterious girl viking with braids, that says Ireland on it.
one of many hats 5

Gold lamé furry viking hat.
one of many hats 16

a possible former viking hat, with horns removed. Qué opinan? (what do you think?)
one of many hats 4


Dueling headwear
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This kid would look much more choro (much cooler) without the icecream.
one of many hats 2


Adoreableness alert with this wee porkpie one:
one of many hats 13

sometimes just one hat isn't enough
one of many hats 14

I'm not entirely sure she wants to be seen with him.

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hat, no hat, hat no hat

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There were many more spectacles (including a couple of cases of actual beer goggles) to enjoy, like an amusement park of dubious safety, baby animals (nursing llama, so cute!), and many sweet and/or fried items, and the one beer I bought turned out to be from a microbrewery near my house (they sell it there, don't think they brew it there, but who knows), and some very odd happenings with the to-ing and fro-ing (but actually mainly just with the fro-ing, but in the end, everyone was happy and since we went in the late afternoon, no one got sunburnt. If you want to go next year, give me a call and we'll get it set up.

And for more hats (like the chickenhead one) and other things from this great festivity, go to my hats-a-million flickr set here
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Or go see what Isabel had to say about the event (and other things about her life in Chile here.

And this post has nothing to do with one of only about three fruits or vegetables I've ever come across that I didn't like, called a malloco, which I can only assume has nothing to do with this town, and which I talked about here.

2 comments:

Catherine said...

nice variety of the spectrum of hats!!

Sharon said...

I went to a wedding in Malloco a while ago and the beer fest made traffic totally crazy. I kinda want to go, but I don't like beer. I like hats though, so perhaps that's enough.