La Feria De Mataderos is a weekly fair in the Argentine capital with traditional folk dancing, handicrafts and food, as well as popular gaucho (cowboy) demonstrations.
More than 300
stalls offer handcrafted gaucho tools like the facón (a large fighting knife), the rebenque (leather whip) and boleadoras (a throwing weapon used to catch cattle), as well as traditional
leather products, silverware and blankets. Gourds for drinking mate (traditional
Argentina tea) make excellent souvenirs or gifts, and traditional Argentine
foods like empanadas (filled pastries)
and locro (stew) are for sale.
shows here are well known throughout Buenos Aires, where cowboys demonstrate
their horseback-riding skills and showmanship to the crowds through various
feats -- such as by galloping at full speed, upright on the stirrups, to try to
spear a tiny ring hanging from a metal frame.
is the most well-known dance in Argentina, folklórica
is a close second, and these traditional folk dances, synonymous with gaucho
culture, are performed at the fair by live musicians and dancers.
the meatpacking district of Mataderos (which translates as “slaughterhouses”)
on the outskirts of the city, the
fair is held every Sunday between March and December, from 11 am until 8
Tim Fitzgerald is the Buenos Aires Localite for BBC Travel. He also