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IV Buenos Aires Food Week

Buenos Aires Food Week, the new bi-annual event in which 40 of the best restaurants in the city offer lunch and dinner menus at promotional prices, will be held again from September 1st to September 14th, 2014.

With similar editions in New York, San Pablo, Milan and other major cities worldwide, the goal of this Food Week is democratizing access to haute-cuisine, offering the general public the opportunity to learn about premium restaurants and taste unique dishes at attractive prices.

Each restaurant will offer a fixed three step menu (starter, main course and dessert) with a fixed price of $ 140 pesos for lunch and $ 220 pesos for dinner, not including drinks, service charge, and tip, + optional $ 1 Peso to be donated to the charity organization Fundación Banco de Alimentos.

The restaurants participating in this edition are: Agraz (Caesar Park Hotel); Akira Nikkei Palermo; Aldos Vinoteca Restoran; Astor Bistro; Bice; Blanch; Brasserie Petanque; Captain Cook; Casa Cruz; Chizza; Club 31 (Buenos Aires Grand Hotel); Contraluz (Alvear Art Hotel); Dashi Palermo; El Faro (Hotel Hilton Buenos Aires); Fleur de Sel; Francesco; Green Bamboo; La Brasserie (Plaza Hotel); La Panadería de Pablo; La Rosa Nautica; Le Grill Buenos Aires; M Palermo; Marieta; Mercado Central; Mullu; Olaya; Osaka Puerto Madero; Osaka Palermo; Paru Inkas Sushi & Grill; Per Se Restaurant; Peugeot Lounge Plaza Grill (Plaza Hotel); Red Resto & Lounge Puerto Madero; Sagardi Cocineros Vascos; Sipan Centro; Sipan Palermitano; Sivela 465 (Mio Hotel); Trattoria Olivetti; To Restaurante; Unik.

Furthermore many of these restaurants will offer a complimentary aperitif with Campari, Aperol, or Cinzano to each person that orders the Buenos Aires Food Week menu.

For a complete list of restaurants, menus and online reservations, visit: www.bafoodweek.com. Some restaurants offer the lunch or dinner menu only. Check the conditions of participation of every restaurant before making a reservation.

If places are left available, people may also attend directly the restaurant of their choice.

Payments can be made in cash, debit card, or credit card at the end of the meal. 

"Dondoh Matsuri - The Fire Ceremony" at the Japanese Garden

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the Japanese Garden of Buenos Aires (Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo) presents the festival "Dondoh Matsuri - The Fire Ceremony".

This is an ancient tradition celebrated before the times of the Samurais at the Dondoh Yaki. In this ceremony, the God of Fire is invoked so the God of Earth wakes up from his winter sleep. The God of Fire warms up the Earth so the seeds germinate, and also protects the harvests.

The Festival of Fire will be accompanied by traditional dances and songs, Karate Do exhibitions, and a show of Japanese Drums by the group Mukaito Taiko

Program of Activities:
3 pm: Taiko (Japanese Drums) by Mukaito Taiko
4 pm Participative workshop of Japanese Drums by Mukaito Taiko (limited capacity)
5.30 pm: Closing of the Festival, with burning of boards and Taiko

Admission: $32 Pesos

Antique Car Race - Great Prize Recoleta-Tigre

More than 60 classic cars and motorcycles manufactured before the 1920´s will be exhibited on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 in Recoleta, before the start of the XVIII Great Prize Recoleta-Tigre. The vehicles will be on exhibition on Saturday, on Quintana Ave. between Ayacucho & Ortiz, between 1 pm and 5 pm. After the exhibition the cars will take a short tour around the area and will be garaged until the next day.

The race itself will start on Sunday, August 24th, 2014, at 9:30 am at La Biela (Quintana & Ortiz); from there the vehicles will take on Av. Figueroa Alcorta, Tagle, Av. Del Libertador all the way through Vicente López, San Isidro Cathedral (where the drivers will be able to make a pit stop) and San Fernando, taking Cazón and Paseo Victorica until arriving around midday at Museo de Arte de Tigre. The pilots and their companions will be wearing the typical costumes of the time (early XXth century), making this a fun and picturesque event for adults and children along the route.

This is an historical recreation of the first road race in Argentina, that took place on December 9th, 1096 between the neighborhood of Recoleta and the suburbs of Tigre.

The Great Prize Recoleta-Tigre is unique in South America for it´s singularity and the good state of preservation of the participating vehicles.

Organic and Healthy Food Market in Palermo - August 2014

The main producers of organic and healthy food in Argentina will gather again in a large market in Buenos Aires, on Saturday, August 23rd, and Sunday, August 24th, 2014, from 10 am to 7 pm, with free access to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste free samples and buy at a promotional prices natural foods and beverages at El Dorrego, located on Zapiola 50 (between Dorrego and Concepción Arenal), Palermo Hollywood.  The event is organized by Planeta Joy magazine and sponsored by the city of Buenos Aires.

More than 40 stands will be installed, where the participating producers will offer products in the following areas: Oils; Alcoholic drinks (organic wines, beers); Soft drinks and natural juices; Cereals and seeds; Spices; Nuts; Fruits & Vegetables; Farm produce; Delicatessen; Gourmet food; Flour and derivatives; Mushrooms; Infusions; Vegetables; Dairy; Bakery; Jams; edible Flowers; Pasta; Herbs; Snacks, and more.

Some activities will be held in a specially equipped space, like lectures and cooking classes by some of the main references of this culinary trend.

There will be special menus for visitors and food to go, with communal tables inside the picturesque market

For more information visit Buenos Aires Market website.

2014 Derby General San Martin - show jumping competition

On Saturday, August 9th, 2014, at 2.30 pm, Club Aleman de Equitacion (German Riding Club) presents the 40th Derby General San Martin, with the participation of national and international riders. The Derby General San Martin is an annual show jumping competition that started in 1975, becoming one of the most important events in the calendar of Argentine equestrian activities.

The Derby courses, originally designed by Ronald Mulhall, are ruled by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) due to the demanding technical skills required, where top level horses and riders must complete a long course that includes natural slopes and varied obstacles.

The program of activities includes shows and activities for the whole family, Dressage and vaulting exhibitions, military bands, and food courts.

The "Silla Argentino" horse auction will take place on Friday 8th, at 6 pm.

Location: Club Aleman de Equitacion. Av. Dorrego 4045 (between Figueroa Alcorta & Av. Lugones).

BAFWeek - Buenos Aires Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014-2015

BAFWeek, the most important event for the Argentine fashion industry, brings together the most established brands in the fashion world and independent designers for the launching of their new collections in BAFWeek Spring/Summer 2013-2014 edition.

BAFWeek features several daily fashion shows. For this edition top brands and designers as: Las Pepas, Roma Renom, Talitha, Urenko, Hue, Bolivia, Benito Fernandez, Ricky Sarkany, among others, have confirmed their presence.
At the Showrooms around 30 designers will showcase their creations in an exclusive space, including accessories, shoes, bags, jewels, underwear, and men's and women's clothes.
As always, BAFWeek supports University of Buenos Aires students through the Seed Plot contest (Semillero UBA), so they can show their first collections, together with the famous designers.

Dates: August 12, 13, 14, 15 of 2014
Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Opening hours:
from 3 pm to 10 pm
Tickets on sale at the venue: AR$ 60
Having a ticket does not guarantee the access to the runway rooms, as this is subject to capacity.

For more information: BAFWeek official website.

Football Soccer in Buenos Aires - Calendar of matches July - December 2014

The fixture of football (soccer) matches in Buenos Aires for the second half of the year 2014 has been announced. It comprises the matches in the National Tournament "Torneo Transición 2014" the international tournament "Recopa Sudamericana 2014", and "Copa Libertadores 2014".

The "Superclasico" River vs Boca, defined as one of the most fascinating sports experiences worldwide, will take place on October 5th at River Plate Stadium.

Don't miss the opportunity of attending one of these exciting games the easiest and safest way, with a service that includes tickets, transfers, and bilingual host, provided by one of the leading companies in football tours. Contact me and make your reservation!

JULY 2014
Wednesday 16: Lanus vs Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) - Recopa Sudamericana 2014
Wednesday 23: San Lorenzo vs Bolivar (Bolivia) - Copa Libertadores 2014
Saturday 26: Estudiantes vs Fiorentina - International Friendly Match

Saturday 9: Argentinos Jrs vs Boca Unidos
Sunday 10: Boca Juniors vs Newell´s Old Boys
Wednesday 13: Lanus vs Belgrano
Saturday 16: Velez vs Arsenal
Sunday 17: River Plate vs Rosario Central
Saturday 23: Independiente vs Velez
Sunday 24: Boca Juniors vs Atletico de Rafaela
Tuesday 26: Racing vs Arsenal
Wednesday 27: River Plate vs Defensa y Justicia
Thursday 28: Velez vs Lanus
Sunday 31: San Lorenzo vs River Plate
Sunday 31: Boca Juniors vs Velez

Monday 1: Lanus vs Olimpo
Wednesday 3: Argentinos Jrs vs Aldosivi
Saturday 6: Velez vs Newell´s
Sunday 7: River Plate vs Tigre
Wednesday 10: River Plate vs Godoy Cruz - Copa Sudamericana 2014
Thursday 11: Boca Juniors vs Rosario Central - Copa Sudamericana 2014
Sunday 14: Boca Juniors vs Racing
Sunday 21: River Plate vs Independiente
Sunday 28: Lanus vs River Plate
Sunday 28: Boca Juniors vs Quilmes

Sunday 5: San Lorenzo vs Tigre
Sunday 5: River Plate vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 12: Boca Juniors vs Rosario Central
Sunday 19: River Plate vs Belgrano
Sunday 26: Boca Juniors vs Defensa y Justicia

Sunday 2: River Plate vs Estudiantes
Sunday 2: San Lorenzo vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 9: Velez vs River Plate
Sunday 9: Boca Juniors vs Tigre
Sunday 16: River Plate vs Olimpo
Sunday 23: Racing vs River Plate
Sunday 23: Boca Juniors vs Independiente
Sunday 30: Lanus vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 30: River Plate vs Banfield

Sunday 7: Quilmes vs River Plate
Sunday 7: Boca Juniors vs Gimnasia y Esgrima

Schedule subject to change of dates and addition of new matches, please check regularly on this post online for updates.

2014 Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Tango Dance World Cup

The 2014 Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Tango Dance World Cup, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires, will be held between August 13th and August 26th, 2014.

This new edition features more than 200 shows and free activities including concerts and dance performances, popular "milongas", shows, conferences and clinics, exhibition and sale of products, dance classes in various levels and styles, and the competition for the Tango Dance World Cup, in which the best couples of dancers from Argentina and the world will be participating.

The Great Opening of the Festival will be on Wednesday, August 13th at Usina del Arte, with a concert at 8.30 pm by Osvaldo Berlingeri and his orchestra, followed at 9.15 pm by Orquesta del Tango de la Ciudad Buenos Aires in a concert dedicated to the great bandoneon player Anibal Troilo, who will also be honored with other concerts throughout the Festival.

Throughout the World Tango Festival classes of different levels and styles will be given by renowned dancers and instructors from recognized schools.

The famous Galpón de la Boca will be converted in a mega dance floor, "La Milonga del Puerto", with live music, Dj set, exhibitions and dance lessons. It will be open every day of the Festival, from 2 pm to 10 pm. Some of the orchestras that will be playing live are: La Juan D’Arienzo, Orquesta Típica Esquina Sur, Color Tango, and El Sexteto Milonguero, among others.

This is the celebration that makes Buenos Aires the mecca for tango dancers around the world. The event rewards the best couples in the Tango de Pista category, which stresses the social dance as a practice rooted in Buenos Aires, and Tango Escenario, which aims to enrich the dance from a choreographic point of view. More than 500 couples from around the world measure their talents in this competition.
The qualifying rounds and semifinals will take place at Usina del Arte. The World Cup culminates in two major Finals, Tango de Pista on on Monday 25th and Tango Escenario on Tuesday 26th, at the Luna Park Stadium.

Usina del Arte: Av. Pedro de Mendoza 501, La Boca
Radio Bar: Villafañe 65
AMIA: Pasteur 633
Galpón de La Boca: Caboto 1064
Teatro de la Ribera: Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1821
Museo del Cine: Agustín Caffarena 51
Pista Urbana: Chacabuco 874
Academia Nacional del Tango: Av. de Mayo 833
Luna Park stadium: Av. Madero 420

Admission to all the activities and shows of the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and World Cup is free.
Free tickets for the shows Semi Finals of the Dance World Cup at Usina del Arte, will be given out at the Information Stand on the same day of the show, 1 hour before each performance (1 ticket per person).
Tickets for the Finals of the Dance World Cup that will take place at Lunar Park on August 25th and 26th will be available for pick-up on Monday, August 18th, from 11 am, at the Casa de La Cultura, Av. de Mayo 575. 2 (two) tickets for each event will be given out per person until reaching the capacity of 10,000 seats.
Tickets for the shows at Pista Urbana will be given out at the venue on the same day of the show, 1 hour before each performance.
Tickets for the screenings at Museo del Cine will be given out at the Information Stand of Usina del Arte, on the same day, 1 hour before each performance (1 ticket per person).
The activities at Galpón de La Boca, Teatro de la Ribera, Radio Bar and AMIA don´t require tickets. The admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis until the venue reaches capacity.
For the shows at AMIA, the public must show 1(one) hour in advance with an ID. 

For more information and complete schedules, visit Tango Buenos Aires official website.

For people who want to secure their places for The Finals of the World Cup, there are tour companies offering a full package that includes admission, access to VIP sectors and special souvenirs. Contact me to receive information about this service.

Mataderos Fair moves for one day to Palermo - Update

On Saturday August 2nd, 2014, the traditional Mataderos Fair, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires, moves to Palermo to offer a festival that will feature craft stalls, regional products, parades of carriages and horse riders, and folk music shows.
The event, similar to the Fair held every Sunday in Mataderos, will be held from 11 am to 5 pm on Av Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan, near the Planetarium.
Dance and music shows will be presented on the main stage, with the presence of artists like: Lorena Astudillo, La Chacarerata Santiagueña, Pancho y sus Manos Brujas, Romance de Zamba, Daiana Velazquez, Juanjo Abregu, Los Bombos Zupay, Percusión Buenos Aires.
Carriages and horsemen with typical attires will perform demonstrations of our country men and their horses.
The Fair will feature around 300 stalls with traditional crafts from our provinces, like “mates”, cutlery, silverware, textiles, leather and handicrafts of indigenous peoples, local products from around the country, including goat cheese, olives, wine, salami and alfajores, and traditional foods such as empanadas, locro, humita, tamales, meats, tortas fritas and pastelitos.
The Festival and all activities are free of charge, and will be suspended in case of bad weather.

French street market "Le Marché" - Update

Celebrating another anniversary of the French Revolution, an authentic French Market, "Le Marché" will be installed at the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, on Av. del Libertador & Dorrego, on Sunday, July 27th, 2014, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Visitors will have the chance to taste and purchase French bakeries and different specialties of the French cuisine, such as boeuf bourguignon, blanquette de veau, croque-monsieur, crêpes, soupe à l’oignon, cheese, as well as pastries, tarte aux pommes, financiers, macarons, chocolate, viennoiseries, pithiviers, gateau au chocolat, and much more, in over 20 gastronomic stalls by:
Bonjour! Natural Bar; Catering Francès; Cocu Boulangerie; Cuisine du Sud-La Bourgogne; Ecole de Cuisine Beatriz Chomnalez; Laban Catering; L´Epi Boulangerie; Les Macarons de Paris; Myette Catering; Web Gourmet; Compaña de chocolates; Geson; Goodies; Kakawa; La Suerte; Piedras blancas; and Sueños Verdes.

Organic and Healthy Food Market in Palermo - July 2014

The main producers of organic and healthy food in Argentina will gather again in a street market in Buenos Aires, on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 10 am to 6 pm, with free access to the public. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to taste free samples and buy at a promotional prices natural foods and beverages in an area specially located at Plaza Unidad Latinoamericana, on El Salvador & Medrano, in the neighborhood of Palermo. The event is organized by Planeta Joy magazine and sponsored by the city of Buenos Aires.

More than 40 gazebos will be installed, where the participating producers will offer products in the following areas: Oils; Alcoholic drinks (organic wines, beers); Soft drinks and natural juices; Cereals and seeds; Spices; Nuts; Fruits & Vegetables; Farm produce; Delicatessen; Gourmet food; Flour and derivatives; Mushrooms; Infusions; Vegetables; Dairy; Bakery; Jams; edible Flowers; Pasta; Herbs; Snacks, and more.

Some activities will be held in a specially equipped space, like lectures and cooking classes by some of the main references of this culinary trend.

There will be special menus for visitors and healthy food to go, and communal tables set on the street of this picturesque market.

Consult on Buenos Aires Market website for any change of schedule in case of rain.

Exposición Rural 2014: 128th Exhibition of Cattle Breeding, Agriculture, and International Industry

The traditional Livestock and Agriculture Exhibition ("La Rural"), held every year in Buenos Aires for over a century, is one of the most important of its kind worldwide, bringing together more than a million visitors among producers, tourists and general public. In this year's edition, from July 17th to July 27th, more than 400 exhibitors will be showing their products: laboratories, leather goods shops, banks, automotive industries, farm machinery, and providers of services and goods for the agricultural industry.

Visitors will have the opportunity to attend activities that take place every day at the main court like:
  • Cattle and equine competitions
  • Cattle and equine auctions
  • Traditional folk costumes contests
  • Rein skills
  • Polo exhibitions, 
  • Indoor Pato (Horseball) championship
  • Show jumping competitions
  • Carriage exhibitions
As well as exhibitions of all kinds of farm animals, Argentine crafts, folk shows, and tastings of traditional products at the exhibition´s pavilions. 

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Dates: July 17th to July 27th, 2014
Opening hours: Every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
Entry fees: 
Monday to Friday: AR$ 50
Saturday and Sunday: AR$ 60
Seniors and Pensioners: Monday and Tuesday: Free - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: AR$30
Exposicion Rural 2014 official website

2014 Buenos Aires Children´s Book Fair

From July 14th to August 2nd, 2014, the 24th edition of the Buenos Aires Children´s Book Fair (Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil) will take place at El Dorrego, in the neighborhood of Colegiales. The Fair is a place destined for the cultural and educational upbringing of children, in an entertaining and joyful environment.

Apart from the exhibition and sale of books, the Fair will offer numerous activities for youngsters and children:
  • Workshops: drawing, story telling, painting, modeling, magic, science, illustration, comics, reading, cooking, creativity, music, puppetry, and much more.
  • Theater, puppet, circus, and music shows.
  • Games and contests
  • Story-telling
  • Talks with writers
  • Signing of copies
  • Children´s Library
Kids will be able to meet their favorite writers and cartoonists, participate in the workshops, read at the library or enjoy the shows organized by the exhibitors, that will take place at their exhibition stands.

During the course of the fair there will also be activities designed for professionals and students of the areas related to education and the world of children´s books.

This year for the fifth time a Comics Festival will be presented during the fair, on August 1st and 2nd. Distinguished Argentine authors will present talks, workshops and exhibits related to comics, their design, script writing, drawing, animation, and graphic humor.

Dates: July 14th through August 2nd, 214
Location: El Dorrego, Zapiola 50, between Concepcion Arenal and Dorrego
Opening times:
July 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18: 9 am to 6 pm 
July 19 to August 2nd: 
Monday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm. 
Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm to 10 pm
Free entrance

Gallery Nights July 2014 - Special edition in Palermo

On Thursday, July 10th, 2014, from 7 PM to 10 PM, Gallery Nights, the original circuit for art lovers around more than 30 art galleries, antique shops, museums and cultural centers, presents this special edition that will take place in the neighborhood of Palermo.

As always, there will be live music and free shows, and guests will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of Chandon champagne. 

The Palermo circuit of Gallery Nights covers the area surrounded by the streets of Dorrego, Av. Santa Fé, Lavalleja and Gascón. There is also a free transportation service with fixed stops and a constant route to get to all of the spots in the circuit.

This event is totally free of charge.

Maps and more information: Gallery Nights website.

Joint celebration: Independence Day and 120th Anniversary of Avenida de Mayo

Avenida de Mayo
On Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, a parade will be held to celebrate Argentina´s Independence Day, and the 120th anniversary of the historical Avenida de Mayo. The ceremony is programmed to start at 11.30 am on Avenida de Mayo and Luis Saenz Peña, with the hoisting of the Flag and the intonation of the National Anthem with the participation of the band of Regimiento de Patricios, followed by the civic-military parade that will cover the avenue from Plaza Moreno to Plaza de Mayo, and the representatives of different foreign communities that will display their typical costumes, music and dance.

Regimiento de Patricios
The parade will conclude with the participation of traditional folk groups from the province of Buenos Aires mounted on more than 100 horses with their typical attire. On a big stage different soloists, music groups and dancers will enliven the celebrations.

Visitors will also have the chance to see an exhibition of antique buses, cars and motorcycles. The buses will represent the different types of public transportation in the city from 1940 to present. There will also be a Fair offering regional products, food, and crafts from different communities living in the city.

In case of Argentina playing the semi-finals at the World Cup in Brazil, the match will be transmitted live at 5 pm on large screens. After the match the gastronomic shops along Av. de Mayo will offer a Happy Hour with different promotions.

In the evening the beacon located at the top of Palacio Barolo will be switched on, and as closing of the event a group of neighbors will walk along Avenida de Mayo bearing torches in the same way its constructors did the night of its inauguration 120 years ago.

Palacio Barolo
In case of rain the event will be held on Saturday, July 12th.

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