Not everyone in this largely meat-loving country was happy about the first Federal Asado Championship that was celebrated yesterday in the City’s 9 de Julio avenue.
While most of those who gathered near the Obelisco were enjoying the show of watching people from all over the country grill meat to perfection, several vegans showed up during the course of the event to repudiate the whole concept of meat consumption. There were some protesters who decided to take it up a notch, making sure that everyone there didn’t forget that they were eating animals.
“We gathered spontaneously,” protester who only identified himself as Gustavo told Clarín. “It can never be better to torture and kill a live being than to not do so.”
Even if they were loud and carried signs that read things like “A senseless death is murder” and “Eating animals is murder” while displaying graphic photos of slaughterhouses, the championship largely went ahead as scheduled and most people didn’t pay them much attention.
Some even seemed to find it amusing to eat meat in front of the vegans.
Acá, en el torneo federal del asado, devorando un sándwich de bondiola frente a los veganos que estan protestando… pic.twitter.com/69EqWnSaQv
— Hernan Granero (@henryupdater) October 9, 2016
“Here at the Federal Asado Championship, devouring a Bondiola sandwich in front of protesting vegans.”
The event took place from 11 AM to 7 PM and gathered roughly 250,000 people who went all the way downtown to spend a day with meat sweats. Asides from the competitors, there were stands selling everything from meat sandwiches (of course!) to French, Italian and even Vietnamese cuisine.
In regards to the championship itself, 24 teams representing every Argentine province — plus the City of Buenos Aires — grilled their meats in hopes of being labeled the best asadores in the country.
But it was the team from Mendoza that rose above all, showing that it takes someone from wine country to really know how to cook that perfect steak. No word on whether the vegans went home hungry.