Tuesday, 6 September 2011

From Hay to Jalapeño - the international Hay Festival in Mexico

What do Hay-on-Wye and Xalapa, Mexico have in common? Why, the annual Hay Festival of course! Over the last 10 years, the Hay Festival has become a global organisation with events and projects around the world. From Bogota to Beirut, this literary and musical celebration stretches right across the globe and it's exactly a month (6th - 9th October) until the second Mexican gathering which takes place this year in Xalapa, the state capital of Veracruz.

Xalapa (pronounced Ha-LA-pa), known as the home of the jalapeño (the most ubiquitous of all Mexican chillies) should be on any foodie's itinerary for a trip to Mexico. If you'd like to read further about the city's attractions and the upcoming festival, check out this recent article in the Telegraph. Richard Ford, Martin Amis and Ricardo Piglia are among several of the international literary stars attending Hay Xalapa.

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