On Saturday, May 06, the Official Residence of Chile in the United States received thousands of people under the Passport DC
As it is traditional in the American capital, the world of diplomacy opened its doors to the public to give away gastronomy, tradition and culture
For the second consecutive year, Chile opened the doors of its Official Residence in the United States to the thousands of families who arrived in the diplomatic district of Washington DC to participate in the traditional DC Passport Tour Around The World on Saturday, May 6. This year, neither the rain nor the cold prevented thousands of visitors waiting up to 90 minutes, in queues that extended up to 5 blocks, to enter the residence.
Along with 49 other embassies and residences from Latin America, Asia and Africa, Chile welcomed visitors with traditional music from the north, south and center of the country by the tenor Mauricio Miranda, as well as the opening of all the halls of the Residence to finish in the room Radomiro Tomic with the tasting of Chilean products. Within the export fruit, dehydrated plums had a leading role. Chile is the world’s leading exporter of this product, and the United States has been the main destination in recent years.
Ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdés, who received the visitors, highlighted the activity. “In just over eight hours, we had the opportunity to show those who visited us the best of our culture, our gastronomy and export products. That, in addition to opening the doors of the Residence of Chile that houses paintings and sculptures of important artists such as Sergio Lira, Mario Toral, Nemesio Antúnez and Sergio Castillo, among others, “he said.
In addition to Chile, the embassies of Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Qatar also opened their doors. The official Chilean residence is located at 2305 Massachusetts Ave, in the traditional Embassy Row and belongs to Chile since 1923. Since then 34 ambassadors have lived there. The mansion was designed by the architect Nathan Wyeth in 1908, who was also after the construction of the west wing of the White House, and its first oval room, as well as various houses that now house embassies and diplomatic residences.
The tasting of products was possible thanks to the contributions of Patagonia Mussel; The National Association of Exporters (ASOEX); The Montgras, Tabalí and Valdivieso vineyards; And Prunes from Chile, who provided dehydrated plums for export.