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The Highlights: Feria Masticar 2014 – Comer Rico Hace Bien! (ES)

By Martha Mendes

[Martha Mendes]

[Martha Mendes]

By the size of the line to get into Masticar 2014, it was easy to see that it was going to be a great event. Throughout the four days of the event, the waiting time to get into the grand pavilion was no less than an hour, and many gave up even trying when they realized that the line stretched around the corner. Nevertheless, those who remained committed to their goal didn’t regret it.

Inside the festival, the creme de la creme of Argentine cuisine got together amongst 36 different stands. Besides eating well, those who managed to get in had the chance to be waited on by famous chefs and to take advantage of chatting them up. The fair also brought together 75 producers from the region who bought the freshest, most representative products of Argentina, making for the best example of the fair’s theme “Comer Rico Hace Bien.” For those interested, there was also a program full of conferences led by those who know their way around a pot.

Buenos Aires’ Masticar Starts Tomorrow, And It’s Going To Be Awesome (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Masticar]

[Masticar]

Tomorrow in Buenos Aires, Feria Masticar will return to Dorrego for a weekend full of chats, workshops, classes and, of course, food, and the lineup looks better than ever. Now in its third edition, Masticar will feature food stands from some of the city’s leading restaurants, including hot spots like Tegui, voted Argentina’s best restaurant at the Latin America’s 50 Best awards, as well as Don Julio, La Crespo, Oviedo, and many more.  In addition to the food stands, the market, and the massive wine bar, there will be classes and talks from leading chefs and culinary experts working in Buenos Aires.

Leading chefs from throughout Latin America will be on hand this year for live cooking classes.  Acclaimed Peruvian butcher Renzo Garibaldi will be giving live butchering demos.  El Baqueano’s Fer Rivarola will be discussing the importance of local and family agriculture.  There will even be cocktail classes from the city’s foremost bartenders like Martin Auzmendi and Federico Cuco.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Santiago’s Picnic Party, Gustock, Returns This Weekend (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Gustock]

[Gustock]

Now that the temperatures are (finally) starting to heat up and the sun is staying out longer, there’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a proper picnic.  Santiago’s first and only festival dedicated entirely to sitting on blankets and dining in the sun, Gustock, is back this weekend to make sure you get the most out of the great weather.  With free entry, a whole slew of bands lined up to play, and a lineup of stands that will be offering food and drink just in case you’re not in the mood to prep your own, there’s really no better reason to get out of the house.

Gustock will take place October 4 and 5 in Parque Araucano, and will feature a lineup of more than 10 different bands over the course of two days.  Entry is free, and all you need to bring is a blanket and some sunglasses.  If you’re not into cooking, various food and drink will be available for purchase.  Gustock will run from 11:00 to 20:00 both days.  We’ll see you there. 

Santiago Festival Internacional De Cine Will Feature ‘Buscando A Gastón’ (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[image: Andina]

[image: Andina]

Later this month, food and cinema lovers will have the chance to see Buscando A Gastón, the documentary that follows the life and mission of Gastón Acurio, Peru’s most famous chef and export. Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine (SANFIC), now in its 10th year, will feature 90 different films from 30 countries, all shown over the course of six days in Santiago.  This will be the Chilean premiere of the Acurio documentary that has already won awards in Spain, and captured the minds and stomachs of viewers from South America to New York.

SANFIC will take place October 21 to 26 at Cine Hoyts locations throughout Santiago.  Entry to the films will be CLP $2.500 for general public, $1.500 for students.  For more information about the festival, or how to buy tickets, follow SANFIC on Facebook, or head over to their website. Happy watching!

Buenos Aires’ Raíz Festival Has Been Postponed Until October 31 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Raíz]

[Raíz]

Just when you thought you had your whole weekend planned out, the first of two major food festivals that will be taking place in October in Buenos Aires has been postponed, by almost a month.  In a last minute press release from Raíz’s organizers, the festival has been postponed due to a forecast of heavy rains and inclement weather for this upcoming weekend.  The new dates are Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2.  Raíz will still take place in Tecnópolis, and hopefully the weather will accommodate.  We’ll keep you posted with any other changes.

Aunque pensaste que tenías todo el fin de semana planificado, el primer de dos grandes festivales culinarios que pasarán en octubre en Buenos Aires ha estado postergado, por casi un mes.  En una comunicada de prensa del último minuto de los organizadores de Raíz, el festival ha estado postergado debido a un pronóstico de lluvias fuertes y mal tiempo para este fin de semana.  Las nuevas fechas son el viernes, 31 de octubre hasta el domingo, 2 de noviembre.  Raíz todavia pasará en Tecnópolis, y esperamos que el tiempo será agradable.  Les mantendremos informados con cualquier cambio.

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.

Chile’s Feria De Vinos Turns 20 Next Week, And You Should Go (ES)

By Colin Bennett

[Feria de Vinos]

[Feria de Vinos]

September marks the start of spring in Chile, rung in during the festive week that surrounds the Independence Day of the 18th, and it also marks the start of some of Chile’s best wine and food events. One of the first of its kind, the Feria Vinos de Chile has taken place in the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for a whole two decades. For the 20th installment, they are pulling out all the stops, filling the lobby and common areas of Santiago Centro’s fanciest hotel with 90 stands of vineyards, sommeliers and winemakers from all over Chile.

As in past years, there will be music and there will be food. The hotel’s executive chef Axel Manriquez has prepared a selection of bites and snacks to go with the selection of wine and pisco. This year will be a traditional selection of food and dance, following last year’s guest of Easter Island.

The event runs from October 1-3, starting at 19:30. The entrance costs CLP16.900 per person, which gets you a glass and free pour from any of the stands at the show. Plus as they have done in past years, buses will be available towards the close of the evening to take you home so you don’t have to drive.  We’ll see you there!

Punta Del Este Food and Wine Will Take Place October 11 and 12 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[PDEFW]

[PDEFW]

That sound you hear is the collective rumbling of our stomachs as caused by this year’s relentless festival season.  Conveniently set right between Argentina’s two major festivals next month, the 6th edition of Uruguay’s Punta del Este Food and Wine festival will happen October 11 and 12.  Like previous editions, the current festival will be comprised of a series of culinary events as cooked by some of the region’s leading chefs, including Kamilla Seidler, Juan Gaffuri, and Clo Dimet.

Tickets to each of the culinary events, which include live cookouts as well as a sunset dance party set on one of South America’s best beaches, can be purchased individually, or as a complete weekend pass, which runs US $400.  As a lead-in to spring, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more delicious event.  For complete information on the visiting chefs, as well as a schedule of the events, head to the festival’s website.