Michoacán

Michoacán is a state located in the Mexican Bajío with coast to the Mexican Pacific. Its cultural and social wealth lies in the Purépecha culture with more than half a century of history. The gastronomy of this state was the base paradigm of the declaration of Mexican Gastronomy as Intangible Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO). Today its tourist offer is divided into 7 regions, among which 8 Magical Towns, 6 World Heritage Sites and more than 200 km of coastline stand out.

Michoacán, name of origin Nahuatl and whose meaning is "Place
Fishermen ”.
According to the Michoacán Relationship, in the XNUMXth century it reached the basin
lacustrine a group of chichimecas called Uacúsecha or gentlemen
eagle, which settled in a place known as Guayameo,
establishing commercial and social relations with the inhabitants of
the basin, until it became what would be known as the great
Señorío Tarasco, who achieved the political and commercial dominance of
a vast territory, beyond the limits of the current State of
Michoacán
Upon the arrival of the Spanish in the XNUMXth century, Michoacán had
four main settlements Tzintzuntzan, Ihuatzio, Erongarícuaro
and Pátzcuaro, each of them with a special function: religious,
administrative and commercial., from 1525 with the arrival of the
first Franciscans to Tzintzuntzan and once the
evangelization, some of these settlements modify their
functions and Pátzcuaro acquires its role as a regional center.
In 1541 the new city of Valladolid was founded, today Morelia by
instructions from Don Antonio de Mendoza, first viceroy of the New
Spain, moving the civil and ecclesiastical authorities to this
city ​​in 1580, from this moment begins the allocation of land
belonging to the tarascan lordship, handing them over to the peninsular
to be administered as encomenderos.

In Valladolid and buildings of impressive architecture and
majesty, with religious and civil functions, managing to convert
Valladolid in one of the most beautiful colonial cities in our country.
In 1810 in Valladolid the first ideas of independence of the
Spanish Crown, and it is between the walls of the Colegio Primitivo de San
Nicolás de Obispo, where some illustration ideas and
are spread among students, among which Don José stands out
María Morelos y Pavón, one of the most recognized national heroes,
born in Valladolid today Morelia, turning Michoacán into a great
referent of this fight.
This is how Michoacán consolidates itself over time as a
Strong and free state, inhabited by working people who have known
take advantage of all its natural and historical wealth, always with a
critical and constructive thinking for a better nation.

The state of Michoacán is strong thanks to the combination of the Purépecha culture that reigns in hundreds of its communities, which becomes rituals, dances, gastronomy, clothing, crafts and worldview. In fact, this baggage is observable in what is known as the Don Vasco Route, the result of the humanist's evangelization with indigenous peoples. Currently, culture coexists with the traditional and the contemporary, in fact, Morelia is the city where the most important film festival in all of Mexico (FICM) is held and where two of the most important music events take place at a national level. international. Michoacán is the result of the mixture of the purépecha culture and the avant-garde, and the conservation of these traditions and heritage has become 8 Magical Towns and 6 World Heritage Sites:

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries
Pirekua, ancient Purépecha music
Mexican gastronomy
Flying Ritual (San Pedro Tarímbaro)
Night of the Dead celebration
Historic Center of Morelia
Its most important traditional events are Holy Week and Night of the Dead, however, every day the towns of Michoacán celebrate some local festivity, such as the already famous Festival of the Purépecha Race or the New Fire Festival (New Purépecha year).

It is considered a cultural state thanks to the Morelia International Film Festival, the Morelia Music Festival Miguel Bernal Jiménez, the Morelia International Organ Festival, FERATUM (Tlalpujahua) and dozens more throughout the state.

Among its gastronomic events, Morelia en Boca and the Michoacan Gastronomy Festival stand out, as well as more than 50 fairs and festivals dedicated to the specific ingredients or dishes of the communities. Its artisan production reaches all the towns of the entity, which means more than 80 artisan events throughout the state where authentic works of art are displayed, marketed and awarded. It is not by chance that the Palm Sunday Tianguis in Uruapan is the most important in all of Latin America. In natural and adventure aspects, it has had cycling races, duathlons, triathlons, the Monarch Butterfly Festival, Expo Tortuga and much more. The aspect that most contributes to the culture of Michoacán is ultimately the influence of Don Vasco de Quiroga and the Purépecha culture that is still alive in the communities of the plateau and lake area.

Michoacán is the great gastronomic destination of central Mexico. Cradle of traditional Mexican cuisine and avant-garde culinary destination. Michoacán offers you the intense aroma of slow stews, the wonder of discovery, the nostalgia of flavors of yesteryear and the joy of sharing the best moments of life at the table. Not for nothing Michoacán is the paradigm of the declaration of traditional Mexican cuisine as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In each purépecha home, the parangua or kitchen is a sanctuary where our traditional cooks keep our gastronomic heritage alive every day. Because our food is our identity, and that of all Mexicans.

Who are the traditional cooks?
Our traditional cooks, our living legacy. The traditional Michoacan cooks keep our gastronomic culture alive: ingredients, recipes and rituals that are repeated, learned and transmitted every day in the Purépecha communities. Currently there are more than 100 cooks throughout the state distributed in the 7 regions of the state, with a specific concentration in the lake area and the Purépecha plateau.

What to ask for?
Try the alia and gazpachos from Morelia, the enchiladas pleasures and pasta snows from Pátzcuaro, the trout from Uruapan, the churipo with corundas from the Meseta Purépecha, the toast cakes from Santa Clara del Cobre, the carnitas from Quiroga and Tacámbaro, the chongos from Zamora, the morisqueta and aporreadillo from Tierra Caliente, the shellfish from the coast and canned fruit from the Monarch Country. And of course the uchepos throughout the state with sauce, cream and Cotija cheese. Advantage!

Best times for Michoacán gastronomy
Morelia in Boca, in May, is one of the great gastronomic events in Mexico, with all the avant-garde. To savor our origins, look for our traditional cooks at the Michoacán Gastronomy Festival in March. You will also find them during the incredible Craft Tianguis on Palm Sunday in Uruapan. But in reality, every day is an excellent day to taste the food of Michoacán.
What food do I take home?
In Morelia, she buys fruit teas. In Monarch Country, preserves and liqueurs. In Uruapan, coffee, charanda and avocado and macadamia products. In Zamora the chongos, which you can buy canned. In Pátzcuaro we recommend you visit the small market next to the Guadalupe temple. There you will find different types of corn or dried fish that are used in traditional cuisine.