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Ushuaia celebrates 132th anniversary with a jumbo paella for 12.000 people

Thursday, October 13th 2016 - 10:05 UTC
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Huge pans were distributed in downtown and paella portions distributed among attendants following the end of the parade Huge pans were distributed in downtown and paella portions distributed among attendants following the end of the parade

Ushuaia in the extreme south of Argentina and capital of Tierra del Fuego province celebrated on 12 October the 132th anniversary of its foundation with several activities including a jumbo popular paella for 12.000 people. The gastronomic display was sponsored by city authorities and New San, a maquila group which assembles electronic products in Tierra del Fuego under a promotion system implemented by Buenos Aires.

 Ten huge special pans were distributed in downtown and portions were distributed free of charge among residents following the traditional parade. According to the catering company the paella demanded a ton of sea food (mainly mussels, squid, shrimp), 700 kilos of vegetables (onions, peas and peppers), 600 kilos of rice and 500 kilos of chicken breasts, plus thirty cooks.

“To be part of these initiatives means showing what we do daily, that is passion and vocation. We have checked every detail so that people can enjoy and experience the flavors and celebrate the city's anniversary with the best paella”, said Luis Bernal head of the catering company.

Ushuaia mayor Walter Vuoto said that “recent months haven't been easy”, but “we are beginning to improve and we can look ahead with certainty”. Vuoto opened the parade which included schools, community organizations and military representatives seated in the capital of Tierra del Fuego.

Tierra del Fuego is cash strapped and had to receive ample financial support from the federal government. Besides it suffered a several months conflict because local unions rejected a reform of the pensions' system which included the occupation of Government House for months, plus pickets and clashes with riot police.

Apparently plans to dismantle the promotions system which has attracted some industries to Tierra del Fuego, has also been frozen.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • DemonTree

    I actually agree with the troll. How are the people in Tierra del Fuego any worse than Americans or Australians in how they treated the natives?

    But Capi, you do know you're not supposed to actually read the whole dictionary right? Or are you subscribed to one of those word a day things where you have to awkwardly fit your given word into the conversation somehow?

    Oct 13th, 2016 - 07:29 pm +5
  • DemonTree

    LOL. You must have a lonely life then. Perhaps you should come down off your pedestal and remember that the purpose of language is communication.

    Oct 14th, 2016 - 05:17 pm +4
  • Marti Llazo

    “ Patagonian sheep industry owes the Falklanders a debt. ”

    And the debt is not only to the Falklanders for being the first source of adapted sheep that made southern Patagonia's economy viable, but also the Kiwis and the Ozzies and the Scots and others from the Commonwealth who brought the whole sheep-raising industry to the region since the Argentines lacked the capacity for doing this. Our friends up in Ea Monte León can explain a bit of it:

    “Supplies for sheep farming, including wire fencing, pre-fab sheds, veterinary supplies, shearing machinery, vehicles, stoves, were shipped from Great Britain and sold by, among others, Braun & Blanchard, which opened a branch in Santa Cruz in the early nineteen-hundreds. Farmers, sheep and dogs usually came from the Falklands. Management, frequently drawn fron the military, was also imported. As with most other sheep farming operations in Patagonia, installations closely followed the models layed out earlier in Great Britain and Australia....”

    Come to think of it, wasn't the present site of Ushuaia also originally a British settlement? Not that the Argies would ever admit it.

    Oct 13th, 2016 - 05:27 pm +3
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