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Mistura Wants Up To Up Their Culture Game This Year (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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Although the 2014 edition of Mistura was bigger than any edition prior, featuring a whole ‘world’ dedicated to beer, and more food trucks than ever, it seems like the festival’s organizers want to make things even more interesting. Peru This Week reports APEGA, the organizing body behind the festival, and many other events throughout the year in promotion of Peruvian food, wants to bring more culture into the dining experience. “Festival organizers are planning to coordinate the food and stands with music, costume, and activities that pertain to where the food of that region originates within Peru.”

Watch ‘Another Tea?,’ A New York Times Short On Chilean Onces (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[NYT]

[NYT]

For anyone that’s ever been to Chile, the practice of onces can either be one of pure delight, full of too many sweets, a lot of bread, and kettles full of tea, or a boring ritual that fakes like it’s not dinner and leaves you wondering how so many people can drink so much caffeine so late in the day.  For Chileans, onces is a rite, a necessary part of every day when the family comes together, stories are told, and a meal, albeit a small one, is served.  And for a group of ladies featured in the new New York Times short Another Tea?, onces is a once-a-month chance to catch up and tell stories, even if they’re the same ones, as a sign of friendship.

Watch Maite Alberdi’s take on the practice of onces, and how the monthly meeting for the last several decades has kept one group of friends intact since high school.  You’ll probably want a piece of cake afterwards.  And it might just make you call your friends.

Caminos Y Sabores Is Back In Buenos Aires This Weekend (ES)

By Megan Chochla

[Caminos y Sabores]

[Caminos y Sabores]

So while we still have new editions of both the Raíz and Masticar festivals to wait for with anticipation later this year, one of Buenos Aires’ longest running food festivals–Caminos y Sabores–is back this weekend for its tenth addition.  Caminos y Sabores will bring together the best of Argentina, from regional foods to artisan crafts, tourism, and much much more.  Like previous years, the festival will be broken up into nine different ‘caminos,’ including cheeses, meats, tradition, tourism, oil and spices, drinks, matés and teas, fruits and sweets.  This year, more than 400 exhibitors are expected to be on hand, with crowds nearing 100,000 over the four days.

The 10th edition of Caminos y Sabores will take place at La Rural located at Av. Sarmiento 2704 in Buenos Aires.  Entry to the event is AR $60.  Discounts will be given to children and seniors.  For a complete list of activities during the festival, including talks, cooking classes, and even live music, visit the festival’s site.  Need a way to warm up this weekend?  Looks like you just found it. 

Video: Preserving Fishing Traditons On Chile’s Chiloé Island (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[MVMT]

[MVMT]

As we all know by now, our food systems and habits have a direct effect on nature and the fine balance of sourcing something just enough, or too much to a point that it’s no longer a resource.  The more widely known Chile’s coastline becomes for its wealth of diversity and pure flavor, the more that balance is disrupted and overfishing becomes a massive problem.  Communities all along the eastern coast of South America are trying to rectify that, though, and bring fishing back to its roots, to the customs that nourish and protect all at the same time.  In this beautiful video as shot by MVMT, the collective that wants to highlight the case of such fishermen and other groups after stustainability, watch how a small group of fishermen on a small island in the far south of Chile are trying to not only rescue their natural resources, but their culture as a whole.

Brazilian Food and Film Fest Starts Thursday In Buenos Aires (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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[CineFest]

Starting tomorrow in Buenos Aires, those interested in some Brazilian food and film to get hyped for the start of next week’s World Cup will have their chance to get both.  Back after three years for its 5th edition, CineFest Brasil-Buenos Aires will offer Porteños a chance to see a variety of Brazilian films and taste the flavors of the country.  CineFest Brasil-Buenos Aires is sponsored by the Circuito Inffinito de Festivais which, for the last 20 years, has been traveling the globe in promotion of Brazil and its culture.  This year, they have 12 full length and 11 short films they’ll be showing. 

This year’s edition of CineFest will take place at Cinemark Palermo, located Beruti 3399.  The festival will run from June 5 to June 11.  Tickets for the films can be purchased at www.cinemark.com.ar.  Apart from the films, seven different restaurants will be participating with special plates and menus designed specifically for the festival.  For a complete lineup of the films as well as the restaurants, check the event page.

Empezando mañana en Buenos Aires, los interesados en comidas y películas Brasileñas para animarse para el mundial tendrán la oportunidad para conseguir ambos.  Después de cinco años, el
CineFest Brasil-Buenos Aires vuelve para su quinto edición y ofrecerá la oportunidad de ver películas Brasileñas y probar sabores del país.  CineFest Brasil-Buenos Aires es auspiciado por el Circuito Inffinito de Festivais que, por los últimos 20 años, ha viajado el mundo para promover a Brasil y su cultura.  Este año, tienen 12 películas de largometraje y 11 de cortometraje para mostar.

[image: Semana Cultural del Japón]

Japanese Cultural Festival Lima

It’s not as though Lima needs anymore Japanese influence, what with the popularity of Nikkei cuisine and a longstanding friendship and shared cultural heritage with the country that lay across the Pacific.  It’s good to celebrate your roots every once in awhile, though, and Lima is prepared to do just that.  From this Saturday, November 2 to Saturday, November 9, Lima will once again host the 41st annual Japanese cultural week, a celebration that will bring together food, culture, cinema, and more.

There will be different events throughout Lima all week long, including various live performances, a bonzai exhibition, and more.  Sunday, November 3, a culinary festival will be held at the Explanada del Teatro Peruano Japonés, honoring both traditional Japanese and Nikkei fare.  On Friday, November 8, chef Mitsuharu Tsumura of the widely-acclaimed Maido will be giving a live cooking demonstration.  Entry to both the festival and the demo are free, though space is limited.  For a complete lineup of all the festival’s events, check the program on their website.