Valparaíso: Gastronomic, entrepreneurial and tattoo fairs marked the weekend

  • The Poets Square, Bismarck and VTP were the places where hundreds of people came to enjoy with their families.

Various activities for all tastes took place in Valparaíso this weekend, thus revitalizing the economic and tourist sectors of the commune.

One of the busiest was the sixth version of the “Ñami Ñami” Gastronomic Fair, which took place in Plaza Mena. This event sought to disseminate and position the attributes of the commercial neighborhood, formed between the Bellavista and Florida hills, as a tourist and gastronomic attraction of the city.

The day was enlivened with the music of “Chimonos Chimonos”, “Las Lulú de Pancho Gancho” and “Tata Barahona”, as well as live cooking, artistic presentations, sale of food and drinks, games for children and a craft fair.

The invited gastronomic exponents were Terraza Verso, Pizzeria Ciudad de Pie, Hotel Puerto Natura, Oda Pacífico Restaurant, Trattoria Gatto un Casa, Hotzenplotz Bar, Empanadas Donde La Lula, Agua Puritana, Tetería Mariposa Azul, Séptima Cafetería, Choche Cevichería and Dulcería Victoria, among others.

This initiative was supported by the Economic Development Directorate of the Municipality of Valparaíso and SERCOTEC, together with the trade association of the Bellavista Florida Commercial Neighborhood.

The president of the Bellavista Florida Trade Association (AG), María José Zapata, highlighted the importance of the “union of neighbors, other trade associations and the Chamber of Commerce, because working together we can achieve this and many more things.” ,

After visiting each of the stands, the mayor of Valparaíso, Jorge Sharp, stated that “this fair is very important, because it is an economic activation initiative for the small economy and entrepreneurship. There are more than 10 enterprises that occupy the public space in Plaza Mena, take out the tables and create a true gastronomic park for children, with live music during this beautiful Saturday day in Valparaíso.”

The neighbors were the ones who enjoyed the fair the most. This is what Carla Tobar said. «I find this super interesting and entertaining, because it supports local businesses in the sector. Here it is full of restaurants, a lot of innovation in food and in dishes from small companies that are dedicated to gastronomy. The fact that they all come together here and collaborate with each other, I find it super interesting,” she commented.


Soaps, candles, handkerchiefs, diaries and pet products, among others, were the diversity of products offered in the seven stands that made up the feminist fair “Manos porteñas” that was located in Bismarck Plaza.

The representative of this group, Lilian Cáceres, explained that “it is an organization only of artisan women who make their own products. We are still a small group and today things went well for us, we can’t complain, because there were so many tourists.”

After seeing each of the stands, Mayor Jorge Sharp highlighted the support that has been given to this group from the Territorial Delegation, allowing its members to make their products visible and sell in this type of community instances.


One of the most anticipated meetings of the weekend was the largest tattoo exhibition fair in Chile, “Summer Ink 2024”, which celebrated its 10th edition at the VTP, with more than 130 national artists tattooing live, in addition to DJs and music, food trucks, specialized stores, entertainment and contests.

At the fair, the participation of Karina Mardones, creator of “El Vuelo” tattoo, stood out. «What I like to do the most is traditional neo, which consists of color work, rather of transitions and linear values. “I like to make all kinds of flowers,” commented the tattoo artist.

Daniel Cáceres, a young man who traveled especially from Puchuncaví to this fair, said that “tattooing is a super beautiful art, and I also have many friends in the field, so I’m happy to take a look around here.”

One of the relevant aspects of this type of initiative is the space given to artistic expressions for all tastes and economic activation. This was highlighted by the person in charge of the Community Development Directorate (DIDECO), Carla Meyer. «In economic terms Valparaíso Summer Ink is already a Buenos Aires icon. For years they have been carrying out this activity that energizes a profession that is quite important and powerful in our community, such as tattooing. Likewise, an impact is generated on the youth who participate in these types of activities, both as tattoo artists and as assistants,” said Meyer.

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