Skip to main content
Mery Margoth Gándara de Barrera
Mery Margoth Gandara de Barrera
Mery Margoth Gandara de Barrera prepares Viuda de Bocachico, stewed fish, on the Sabores y Saberes stage.
Photo by Joe Furgal, Smithsonian Institution

Doña Mery is a culinary expert. She owns the restaurant El Comedor Costeño on the banks of the Magdalena River in Mompox. She offers a variety of dishes, such as mote de queso (a cheese and vegetable soup) and la viuda de pescado (a river fish), accompanied by arroz con coco (coconut rice), which are all traditional to the Momposino Depression and to the Caribbean coast in general.

Support the Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, sustainability projects, educational outreach, and more.