Festival de Maíz
The Festival de Maíz, held annually the last week of August, is Danlí’s major yearly party. Featured are music (usually including many of Honduras’s top artists), dancing, bullfights, a parade, and many different corn products for sale. Next door to the tourism office is an office dedicated solely to the festival that can provide a detailed schedule of events (tel. 504/9834-8613, eliohe [at] yahoo [dot] com).
Having created an entire festival around corn, it’s only fitting that danlidenses have come up with a host of drinks and snacks made from this humble grain.
Those made of fresh corn can be found in found stands around the park during the festival, in particular:
- tamalitos — small tamales made of fresh corn normally served with a dollop of cream
- montucas — larger tamales of fresh corn with pork or chicken
- atol — a corn pudding served warm, thin, and drinkable; warm, thick, and eaten with a spoon; or cooled and cut into chunks
- guirilas — fat tortillas of fresh corn
- elotes — corn on the cob
Other corn-based products popular year-round include:
- chicha — corn liquor
- tortillas de maíz — tortillas of dried corn flour
- tamales — made of dried corn, usually without meat inside
- nacatamales — like a tamal, but with meat (typically pork or chicken)
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition