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Folklore and gastronomy of Argentina celebrated in Torremolinos

Visitors enjoyed Argentinian cuisine, traditional folk music and tango dance displays.
Visitors enjoyed Argentinian cuisine, traditional folk music and tango dance displays. / TONY BRYANT
  • The festival presented traditional folk music and spectacular tango and ballet performances

The Argentinian community of the Costa del Sol celebrated the Fiesta Gaucha in Torremolinos last weekend. The three-day festival, which promoted the folklore, music and gastronomy of Argentina, was organised by Torremolinos town hall.

Held in the Plaza La Nogalera, the festival takes its name from the skilled horsemen known as gauchos, a national symbol in Argentina.

This is the first year the festival has been held in Torremolinos and it is now set to become a regular feature on the town's cultural calendar.

Live music and entertainment took place on the main stage throughout the afternoon and included traditional Argentinian folk music and spectacular tango and ballet shows.

One of the main attractions was the large grill area, where suckling pig, whole racks of ribs and steaks were cooked over wood and charcoal barbecues.

Visitors could also sample an array of traditional Argentinian specialities, like 'empanadas' (spicy meat pasties), and Quilmes, one of Argentina's favourite beers.