The craft stalls offer readymade goods as well as accept orders for making accessories created to individual design. Apart from genuine leather goods the pull-overs made of shear wool are among the most popular memorable gifts and souvenirs. Jewelry addicts will love a vast choice of semi-precious stone articles as these are considered to be the most in demand ethnic souvenirs.
The most “powerful” stone among others local folks consider to be agate. Local people consider this stone to protect its owner from misfortune and to beneficially affect the health. Regarding culinary and gastronomy traditions curious tourists will notice the passion of local folks to meat dishes. In the meantime culinary masterpieces made of sea foods are of great popularity as well.
A passion of the local folks to different sorts of cocktails as to spirits so to non-alcohol drinks is specially worth noticing. A popular festive drink is the “Clericot” cocktail which is made of fresh fruit juice, white wine and with addition of various sweet liqueurs. Every local resident has his or her own original recipe of the Clericot cocktail which he or she will eagerly share with new acquaintances.
The brightest event of the cultural life of the city is considered to be the African Carnival which commonly takes place in February and is one of the most scale and original events held within the country. This bright event is devoted to those times when the capital of the Uruguay was the center of slave market. The festival was established by African slaves a few centuries ago. Modern fest is considerable altered and modified. It has got absolutely new caliber. Festive parades and marches, thousands of unique costumes and outfits, loud, rhythmic music, plenty of treats and inimitable atmosphere of joy are the main features of the brightest Montevideo Carnival.