Fair and Festival of the Desserts
The main attraction of this event is the sale of delicious Panamanian desserts
Rice, milk, coconut and sugarcane honey are some of the ingredients of these traditional dishes.
At the fair, we found Mr. Cristian Camano and Mr. Victor Zarate, from Melo Group, one of the corporate sponsors of the event.
These loops of bread glazed with colored sugar are a common treat for kids in the countryside of Panama.
Entire families took advantage of the opportunity to taste our traditional desserts.
A school marching band performed in front of a great background: The colonial Church of San Francisco.
Miss Trini Campos, Queen of the Fair, paraded around the main square while greeting the fairgoers.
Mr. Victor Zarate tasted some pumpkin custards made with Melo Eggs.
More bread-based products completed the menu at San Francisco de la Montana.
These local youngsters were very busy selling sweets and supporting the Queen of the fair.
Lots of people wanted to make sure they enjoyed the desserts.
For dinner, you did not need to go very far, as several booths offered rice and chicken made, of course, with Melo Chicken.
The next day, Sunday, the Countryside Parade took place along the main streets of the town.
There was a significant musical variety in the parade, beginning with cumbia played with a violin.
Also, a brass band played carnival music.
The Queen participated in the parade from the top of a float.
Many locals and visitors joined the parade that ended the celebration.
San Francisco is a town known for two things: Its colonial church and the bread and sweets making prowess of local families. It was natural thing, then, that both attractions in twon were put together in 2004 into the first Dessert Fair.
Since then, the event has grown in attendance and in its cultural offerings such as musical performances, parades, a traditional Mass in addition to the sweet sale. Organizers for the fair include the Association of United Town's People and local parish groups.
In 2017, the fair received significant support in the form of sponsorship by Melo Group, who provided all the eggs needed for preparing bread, custards and other traditional products.
If you have sweet tooth, then plan to come to San Francisco de la Montana next January for this extraordinary event.