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Gustock, Echinuco, Recapped

By Lauren Barragan

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[Lauren Barragan]

This weekend kicked off the official season of ferias and festivals in Santiago, which can only mean one thing: this sunny weather is almost here to stay so prepare to have your weekends booked. For those of you who fought the weather forecaster this weekend and forged on, you probably reaped the benefits by getting to partake in one of the kick starting events that took place.

Echinuco 2014 Is This Weekend In Santiago

By Colin Bennett

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[Lauren Barragan]

Get ready for more post-dieciocho fun at Echinuco 2014. Now in its fourth installment, Echinuco stands for Encuentro Chileno de Nuestra Cocina and prides itself as a promoter of Chile’s national cuisine. If you have never been before, it’s sort of a brand-tastic and affluent version of Chile’s many regional, and very country, cultural and culinary fairs. It comes adorned with empty fruit boxes, plenty of Chilean flags, plopped right into the scenic Parque Bicentenario, with the towers of Sanhatten in the backdrop.

This year will have all the same format of stands, restaurants, novelties and seminars as in past editions. The presenting chef roaster for this year includes Buenos Aires based Martín Montelli (@mm_puratierra); José Luis Merino, the force behind some of Santiago’s best watering holes and eateries like Ciudad Vieja, Ciudadano, Mamboleta, Bravo Cabrera and La Percanta; Executive Chef of the Plaza San Francisco Axel Manriquez (@axelcocinero), Top Chef judge Carlo Von Mühlenbrock  (@carlo_cocina); as well as Tomás Olivera (@TOLchef) and Valparaiso’s Gonzalo Larra.

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

Santiago’s Echinuco, In Case You Missed It

By Lauren Barragan

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

Beloved primavera.  The stepping stone into summer that allows us all to come out of our hibernation from the harsh cold and begin praising the sun once again.  There is no better way to tip our hats to the season than by raising our glass and eating to our heart’s content.  This past weekend, Santiago’s Echinuco offered just that and so much more.

Echinuco, also known as ‘Encuentro Chileno de Nuestra Cocina,’ kicked off this past Friday in Santiago’s Parque Bicentenario.  For those that made the trek to Vitacura, you already know it was well worth it!  The journey was a chance for basking in the sun and building up an appetite, with the promise of  some of Chile’s finest dishes and libations awaiting upon arrival.  The $6.000 CLP seemed fair once you entered and saw the endless sea of booths offering everything from local beer to salmon tartare, which promised good things to come from our coast this summer.  There were enticing sweets from up-and-coming bakers, like Yummilicious’ fudge walnut brownies that could cure just about anyone’s blues away.

Among the cream of the crop this weekend there was certainly a common thread that stranded them together – comfort food.  Straight to the point, county fair.  Trust me when I say, here and now, that upscale food is a slice of heaven under the right circumstances.  However, as a little Byrdie has reassured us once before, for everything there is a season!  And right now spring seems to be all about simple food that speaks for itself and leaves you feeling comfort that only your grandmother’s cooking can usually offer.

The well-known La Casa Vieja showcased a perfect menu for the purist with their Chilean staple pastel de choclo, as well as a plate of pork ribs cooked to perfection, the way only dad can after a few cold ones.  Another crowd pleaser seemed to be Fuente Kolbach.  People were just as eager to stand in line for one of their three schopp beers being offered (giving you a preview before Oktoberfest kicks off) as they were to wait for their incredibly tasty brusqueta de tartaro.  Also double-dipping in food and drinks this weekend was everyone’s favorite dive bar, La Piojera, offering their infamous Terremoto, which you can never seem to say no to even when you promised yourself you’d never drink one again!  Naturally, you end up lingering around their booth to chase a classic with a classic – a good old anticucho or choripan.  It seems that only choripan can cancel out the deceptive strength a Terremoto can have on you.

Various vineyards were offering generous three-glass flights for only 3.000 CLP, so just about everyone that attended Echinuco walked out with their etched wineglass and a smile on their face.  Among the vineyards present at Echinuco, Cancha Alegre, from Maule Valley, was eager to pour and talk about their  excitement of their latest, naturally-fermented red, that was bottled almost immediately yet still held all the redeeming qualities of a perfectly aged wine.  It was the perfect place to be if you’re a new lover of wine or easily intimidated by the wordy sommelier descriptions, as this weekend was all about local makers introducing people to what they love and educating them in a non-pretentious way.

Whether you were looking for a full belly, or a full bag of local goods to help put some spice in your own cooking at home, Echinuco was definitely the place to be this weekend to get the low down on what’s to come in Santiago’s food world this summer.  If you weren’t able to make it, a simple promise to be there next year will do, and perhaps a visit to any of the above to at least scratch that itch you have.  Every locale that previewed food and drinks this weekend was well worth going on a little excursion for. After all, that’s what springtime is all about – getting out of the cave and exploring what’s out there this time of year.

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

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Echinuco Kick-off Party

Just as Buenos Aires opened the second edition of its largest food festival, Masticar, Santiaguinos came out to kick-off Echinuco (El Encuentro Chileno de Nuestro Cocina).  This year’s festival is bigger and more organized than ever, and they’re paying tribute to Chile’s coast and the abundant sea.  Kick-off events are but a ghost town of what the festival will actually look like for the next three days, but there was still plenty of good food, drinks and anticipation to go around.

Echinuco will take place in Santiago’s Parque Bicentenario this year, in Vitacura.  Visitors can expect the best that both Santiago and Chile, at large, have to offer.  Everything from the famed pastel de choclo to empanadas stuffed with cheese, meat, and more will be available for purchase.  Artisan goods ranging from handmade baskets and other wicker goods to wool from the south of Chile and whole other assortment are on hand.  And, of course, a wide variety of vendors selling everything from artisan cheeses to spices, chocolates to even Cinnabon are on hand to make sure that guests to the festival leave happy, full, and ready to cook.

Mixed in with the eating, the drinking, the sampling and general enjoying, there will be live cooking demos, forums, and other events over the course of the next three days.  A full list of the activities can be found here.  There are special areas just for children and even a smoker’s patio.  Entry to Echinuco is $6.000 CLP.  The event will run October 4 through 6, from 11 am to 12 am each day.  Enjoy!

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Echinuco Santiago

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[image: Echinuco]

Festival season has descended, and its reach seems to have no end.  Mistura kicked things off earlier this month with a party the size of several football fields (football, no matter what country you’re from – the grounds were big).  Drinks were flowing, food was cooking, chefs were out and about.  Punta del Este will see the fourth incarnation of its Food and Wine festival that takes place on October 12 and 13, and the following weekend Bolivia will host Tambo, the second installment of the festival to highlight all things Bolivian.  If that’s not enough, Feria Masticar will inaugurate its second edition next weekend in Buenos Aires, just as Santiago hosts another installment of Echinuco, which is what we’re here to talk about.

Echinuco, or the Encuentro Chileno de Nuestra Cocina – basically a large grouping of the best in cuisine that Chile has to offer – isn’t just another food festival.  It is the definitive Chilean food festival that celebrates the finest ingredients that the country puts forth.  Very much the ‘Mistura of Chile,’ Echinuco will offer a variety of foods, drinks, products, and more for sale, as well as classes from renowned chefs, live music, and more.

The festival will take place from October 4 to 6 in Parque Bicentenario, located in Vitacura.  The grounds will be open each day from 11 am to midnight, and the entry fee is $6.000 CLP.  Event highlights will include a contest for the best pisco sour of the festival, various tastings of national beers, piscos and wines, and Jumbo will even be out grilling and offering free tastings to the public.  If you’re in Santiago and a lover of Chilean food, Echinuco is not to be missed.

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Santiago’s Echinuco Begins Friday, October 4

[image: Echinuco]

[image: Echinuco]

Festival season has descended, and its reach seems to have no end.  Mistura kicked things off earlier this month with a party the size of several football fields (football, no matter what country you’re from – the grounds were big).  Drinks were flowing, food was cooking, chefs were out and about.  Punta del Este will see the fourth incarnation of its Food and Wine festival that takes place on October 12 and 13, and the following weekend Bolivia will host Tambo, the second installment of the festival to highlight all things Bolivian.  If that’s not enough, Feria Masticar will inaugurate its second edition next weekend in Buenos Aires, just as Santiago hosts another installment of Echinuco, which is what we’re here to talk about.

Echinuco, or the Encuentro Chileno de Nuestra Cocina – basically a large grouping of the best in cuisine that Chile has to offer – isn’t just another food festival.  It is the definitive Chilean food festival that celebrates the finest ingredients that the country puts forth.  Very much the ‘Mistura of Chile,’ Echinuco will offer a variety of foods, drinks, products, and more for sale, as well as classes from renowned chefs, live music, and more.

The festival will take place from October 4 to 6 in Parque Bicentenario, located in Vitacura.  The grounds will be open each day from 11 am to midnight, and the entry fee is $6.000 CLP.  Event highlights will include a contest for the best pisco sour of the festival, various tastings of national beers, piscos and wines, and Jumbo will even be out grilling and offering free tastings to the public.  If you’re in Santiago and a lover of Chilean food, Echinuco is not to be missed.