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Ñam Shined This Weekend With Local Chilean Fare (In Pictures)

By Elizabeth Timms
Photos by Renea Pope

[Renea Pope]

[Renea Pope]

Ñam Festival hit the streets of Santiago for the fifth consecutive year this past Wednesday, complete with various activities including chef talks at Universidad Catolica, featured restaurants in Barrio La Starria, and an excellent food market on Cerro Santa Lucia.  Chefs from all over South America, particularly Chile, gave demonstrations and workshops at the various Ñam locations, including the demonstration kitchen on Santa Lucia open to the public for free from Friday through Sunday. Professional chefs conducted hour-long demonstrations in which they featured different Chilean products and showed eager audiences how to incorporate them into their cooking.

Ñam Took On Lastarria Over The Weekend

By Renea Bartlett Pope

[Renea Pope]

[Renea Pope]

The fifth annual Ñam Santiago “Festival Latioamericano de Cocina” wrapped a week’s worth of festivities across the city Sunday. For the Ñam Ruta Lastarria, the organization’s website touted specialized menus centered on the idea of memory. Wondering how participating restaurants in the Lastarria neighborhood would weave the theme throughout, I arrived with high expectations. I imagined a street level fair with a variety of booths featuring vendors of artisanal products and restaurants anchoring the event with tasting menus. 

Feria Masticar Returns To Buenos Aires April 16-19 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Masticar]

[Masticar]

Back for its fourth installment, a full six months ahead of its typical slot at the start of spring, Feria Masticar will bring four days of food, wine, classes, and a full market featuring some of the best local artisan products that Buenos Aires and environs have to offer. Though not the only festival celebrating Argentine cuisine in Buenos Aires, Masticar has steadily grown in its four years, receiving more than 238,000 visitors since 2012. In addition to the three tunnels that will feature free tastings of wine, craft beer, and other beverages from throughout the country, there will be more than 40 different stands located throughout the festival.

Dates Have Been Announced For Chile’s 2015 Edition Of Ñam (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Ñam]

[Ñam]

As we start to settle in to another year, it’s also time to start looking at the big events to come. Later in the year we’ll get a big dose of festivals happening across the continent, from Bogotá Wine and Food to Mistura and Bolivia’s Tambo. As usual, the event season kicks off with the fifth edition of Ñam, the major festival and symposium held in the heart of Santiago that celebrates the regional foods of Chile, as well as their neighbors like Argentina, Peru, and more. 

Feria De Sanguche Starts Today In Santiago (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Feria del Sanguche]

[Feria del Sanguche]

Back for another installment of the best of everything between two pieces of bread, this year’s edition of Santiago’s Feria del Sanguche promises to be the best yet.  As one of the Chile’s most beloved on-the-go culinary obsessions, this entire festival dedicated to the sandwich might just draw bigger crowds and longer lines than the wildly popular Food Truck Festival held earlier this year.  Plus, with more than 20 different restaurants, food trucks, sandwich shops, and chefs participating, the variety at this year’s installment will be more diverse than ever.  

Feria del Sanguche begins today, Thursday, December 11, and runs through Sunday, December 14.  The festival, as usual, will take place at Parque Araucano, and will be open from 11:00 to 22:00 daily.  Entry to the festival is $3.000 CLP and children 12 and under enter for free.  In addition to the plethora of sandwiches, beer, drinks, and other treats, there will be live music, cooking demos, and giveaways.  Get hungry. 

Rio De Janeiro Will Host A Belgian Beer Weekend (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Belgian Beer Weekend]

[Belgian Beer Weekend]

Rio de Janeiro will host Belgian Beer Weekend, a four day event that brings more than 40 Belgian breweries and nearly 200 labels together.  This will be the first time the 16 year old festival will be held outside of Brussels.

The public will be able to sample from the best Belgian breweries, including De Halve Maan, which has been producing beer for five centuries. Trignac de Vanhonsebrouck is another to watch, with a tripel aged in cognac barrels. Over 100 labels will be coming to Brazil for the first time.

Besides beer, the event promises to be a great foodie experience. Food trucks and stands will offer Belgian treats such as moules e frites (mussels marinated in beer with fries), pizza with a beer based dough, and cheese croquettes. There will also be a bistro to serve traditional meals such as vlaams stoofvlees, a meat stew cooked with Belgian beer, paired with fries and a beer. You can also count on Belgian chocolate and waffles for dessert, as well as beer flavored ice cream.

Un Día de Mercado Hits Caracas November 7 to 9 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

From November 7 to 9, the mercado de Chacao in Caracas will play host to Un Día de Mercado, which will bring together food, crafts, chefs, and other gastronomy professionals for three days of the best that Venezuela has to offer.  Un Día De Mercado, sponsored by Venezuela Gastronómica, will have 24 different stands featuring traditional Venezuelan foods, in addition to workshops, tastings, talks with chefs, and more, all on hand to promote and celebrate Venezuelan gastronomy.  Now in its 5th edition, this year’s Mercado is not to be missed.

For the massive list of this year’s events, including tastings of food and drink, cooking demos, talks, and more, check here.  Entry is free, and Un Día de Mercado will run November 7 to 9, from 12:00 to 21:00 each day.  For a map to get to the Mercado de Chacao, click here.

Mercado Paula Gourmet Hits Santiago This Weekend (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Paula]

[Paula]

Now that the heat is on and the sun is out in Santiago, it’s a great weekend to get out and enjoy of one of the city’s biggest and most important food festivals, Mercado Paula Gourmet.  Featuring chefs from around the world including Rafael Piqueras, acclaimed chef of Maras in Lima, Australia’s Bill Granger, and more than 100 stands offering a wide variety of dishes and gourmet products, the seventh edition of this springtime classic promises to be bigger and better than ever.  This year, in addition to the six different restaurants on hand serving up world cuisine, there will also be an entire section dedicated to food trucks. Renzo Garibaldi, the Peruvian butcher who has been been winning over hearts and stomachs with his 300-day dry-aged beef, and other carnivorous creations, will also be on hand for live butchering and cooking demonstrations.  Simply put, there will be no shortage of great cuisine.

Mercado Paula Gourmet will take place this weekend at Parque Araucano, from Thursday, October 23, to Sunday, October 26.  The festival will run from 11:00 to 23:00 each day.  General admission is CLP $5.000, and children 12 and under will enter for free.  We’ll see you there.