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São Paulo’s First Food Truck Festival Is This Weekend (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[Feira Gastronomica]

[Feira Gastronomica]

As of late, the biggest food news coming out of Brazil other than Jamie Oliver putting his foot deep into his mouth is the exploding new trend of food trucks.  Just a couple of months ago the first-ever food truck park opened in São Paulo, and last week we told you about the brand new food truck guide that’s covering the whole country.  Now, to sweeten the deal, the first-ever food truck festival will take place this Sunday, August 17, and more than 30 vendors will be on hand.

This weekend’s festival will take place at Rua August 2656 in the Jardins district.  The festival will run from 11:00 to 18:00 and entry is free.  Around thirty different vendors will be on hand selling everything from shakes to cupcakes, Japanese favorites and a whole lot more.  If you haven’t yet experienced the trend that is taking Brazil by storm, now is your chance! 

Gastrofest Aproxima Back In Belo Horizonte This Saturday (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[JR Mendes (Da Recação) / Facebook]

[JR Mendes (Da Recação) / Facebook]

Aproxima, the Belo Horizonte-based food fest that focuses on the best of local artisan purveyors, heads back to the streets this Saturday, August 2, for its second edition.  Attendees will find more than 30 stands stocked with over 50 products, ranging from beers and coffee to desserts, sandwiches, and much more.  Aproxima will take place at the Mercado Distrital do Cruzeiro, Ouro Fino 452, from 10:00 to 17:00.  At the first event, which took place back in June, many of the items on hand sold out before the fair had even closed, so it’s best to arrive early.  Salud!  [via OTempo]

De Gusta Beer and Food Is This Weekend In São Paulo (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[De Gusta]

[De Gusta]

Beer lovers of São Paulo take note.  This weekend the city’s biggest beer festival, De Gusta Beer and Food, will take over the Imigrantes Convention Center for three days of more than 100 beers, food, product launches, and much much more.  The festival, which has now become an annual event, will take place from August 1 to 3 in São Paulo.  More than 8,000 visitors came out for last year’s festival, and with an even bigger lineup this year, the crowds are only going to increase, too.  Some of Brazil’s best small-label beers will be on hand serving up more than 400 different labels of beer.

Tickets to De Gusta are R$ 40 per person, which gets you a tasting glass.  Inside the event, tickets will be available for purchase, good for beer and food.  In addition to the tastings, there will be workshops about pairing foods, brewing, and more.  For more information, or a complete list of the brewers that will be on hand, check out the festival’s website in English or Portuguese.  For the true beer enthusiast, this is not to be missed.  Salud! 

Santiago’s First Food Truck Festival Is This Weekend (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Entre Ruedas]

[Entre Ruedas]

Austin, Portland, New York–look out.  Santiago, Chile is looking to become the next destination for quirky food truck dining, and this weekend they’re going to prove it.  From July 25 to 27, Providencia will host the first-ever Entre Ruedas, a festival dedicated entirely to the growing Santiago food truck scene.  With more than 25 trucks scheduled to be on hand, it promises to be an unforgettable occasion.

Parque Bustamente will be taken over by the growing food truck scene featuring favorites like Hogs, Soul Kitchen, Grosso, and many, many more.  Trucks will be coming from around Chile, including a vegan truck from Valparaiso.  In addition to the myriad culinary options, there will be live music, cultural displays, and word has it that Beervana will be on hand dishing out craft beers. 

Fronteras Festival Will Unite Chilean And Peruvian Cuisines (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Fronteras / Peru Gourmet]

[Fronteras / Peru Gourmet]

Santiago is going to be ablaze with spices next weekend when the first ever Fronteras Festival celebrates Peruvian independence by paying homage to Chile.  Fronteras will take place as part of Peru Gourmet’s annual independence day celebration, as the Peruvian organizers pay homage to the country they’ve come to call their second home.  With live music, dancing, and of course a delicious array of food, Fronteras could become an instant classic in the Santiago festival calendar.

Peru Gourmet’s Fiestas Patrias will take place from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27 at Parque Padre Hurtado / Intercomunal in La Reina.  The festival will run from 12:00 to 21:00 all three days.  Entry is free.  In addition to the loads of Peruvian food on hand, there will be contests for best Peruvian-Chilean fusion dish, invited Peruvian chefs, and more.  If you’re looking for a great way to warm up during these cold winter months, a little spice from South American neighbors is just the thing!

Juan Mari Arzak Will Headline Ecuador’s First Raíces Festival (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Raíces]

[Raíces]

Though we can still expect a stunning cast of leading chefs from around the world to headline this year’s symposium at Mistura, Peru is no longer the only country that’s drawing big names to new culinary events.  From July 24 to 26, the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador will inaugurate its newest culinary festival, Raíces, and they’ve got one of the biggest names in modern dining to headline the show.  Groundbreaking Spanish chef Juan Mari Arzak will be on hand for all three days of the festival, and will be giving a total of four talks during his time.  He, along with a panel that includes Brazil’s Rodrigo Oliveira, representatives from the Basque Culinary Center, and a handful of Ecuador’s leading chefs, amongst others, will usher in a new era in Ecuador and its culinary possibilities.

Raíces will take place from July 24 to 26 at the Centro de Convenciones de Guayaquil.  One day passes to the festival are $90 US, and discounts will be given to students and professionals.  Over the course of the three days there will chats given by leading chefs, a market, cooking demos, food for sale, and more.  Raíces will set a brand new standard for the future of Ecuador and its cuisine.  Don’t miss out!  For complete information, check the website

Venezuela Gastronómica Lands In Mérida July 21 to 25 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

From July 21 to 25, the city of Mérida, Venezuela will be turned into the gastronomic hub of Venezuela, when the event that unites some of the country’s best chefs with producers and the public, Venezuela Gastronómica, takes over.  Over the course of the five days, there will be chats, forums, live cooking demonstrations, and on the final two nights, celebratory dinners that will showcase Venezuela’s leading culinary talent.  This will be the second time that Mérida plays host to the festival.

Not simply a festival, Venezuela Gastronómica will be an interactive experience for all in attendance.  For a complete list of scheduled events during the festival, have a look at the calendar.  To reserve your entry into the festival, or to see the lineup for the two closing dinners that will be held on July 24 and 25, visit the event’s website for complete information.

Semana Del Vino Peruano Starts Today. Here’s The Creator On Why It’s Important (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Gestión]

[Gestión]

As the first ever week dedicated entirely to the promotion and consumption of Peruvian wine kicks off today in Lima, you might want to know a little more about why the event was created, and why it matters.  Diario Gestión sat down with the event’s creator and director of Barricas.com, Carlos de Piérola, to get some intimate details about just what we as consumers can expect from the week-long celebration.  At its root, the event aims to get everyone from locals to tourists drinking more Peruvian wine as they enjoy Peruvian cuisine.  For the first time ever, Semana del Vino Peruano will inspire restaurants both big and small around Lima to put Peruvian wines on their wine lists, and to start showcasing both the exotic and traditional sides of this burgeoning industry.  For the video, click here.  Then go out and drink!