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Gustock, Echinuco, Recapped

By Lauren Barragan

[Lauren Barragan]

[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.

Festivals Raíz And Masticar Will Hit Buenos Aires In October (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Masticar]

[Masticar]

It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the schedule of festivals that have been happening throughout Latin America since May.  There’s Ñam, Mesamerica, Alimentarte, Bogotá Wine and Food, Mistura, Tambo, Latitud Cero and, if those weren’t enough, Buenos Aires will play host to two major festivals next month.

The first, Raíz, now in its second edition, will take place October 3 to 5.  This brand new festival amazed diners last year, with loads of live cooking demonstrations, including Francis Mallmann cooking hundreds of chickens over low flame, all tied to string.  The man knows how to make an impression.  Raíz will once again take place in Tecnópolis, in Parque del Bicentenario.  Last year, more than 300,000 people showed up for the three day festivals, and we’re expecting to see that number squashed this year.  Entry is free.  For more information on the festival and who’ll be there, check out their Facebook page and their website.

Later in the month, celeb chef Narda Lepes and her pals will get together for another installment of Feria Masticar, now in its third year.  Masticar will take place in Dorrego, from October 16 to 19.  Details are only starting to trickle out about who will be on hand for demos and workshops, but intel tells us that acclaimed Peruvian butcher Renzo Garibaldi will be one of the keynote speakers.  Stay tuned to their website and Facebook page for forthcoming details. 

Lima Briefs (ES)

By Anna Virkama de Cabrejos

fiestadelpanFeria Misturita– The Mistura preview will take place at cuadra 32 of Avenida Brasil in Magdalena del Mar on Sunday, May 18, from 8am to 2pm. The associations of about 40 producers from 17 regions of Peru will sell their products. There will also be music and dancing, with shows starting at 11 am.

Fiesta Francesa Del Pan– The festival dedicated to bread will take place in Miraflores this weekend, May 17 and 18. French bread will be honoured in this festival which will take place in Estadio Manuel Bonilla from 9am to 9pm, both days. Go and discover not only baguettes and croissants, but also bread made of Peruvian ingredients such as corn or quinoa. 

[image: Salsa]

Latinoamérica Tiene Salsa: Every Major Lat Am Food Fest This Year

By Patrick Hieger

[image: Salsa]

[image: Salsa]

It was back in 2011 when a group of leading Latin American chefs got together to say that the region, as a whole, needed to join together in the promotion of health, economy, and a vibrant future.  ‘Latinoamérica Tiene Salsa’ was launched at Mistura back in 2011 with the goal of unity in mind, and it’s been going strong ever since.  Now, going on its fourth year, the campaign has seen major international food festivals develop within countries around the region, all the way from Mexico to Chile, and high in the mountains of Bolivia.  This year, the lineup of festivals is seven strong, with last weekend’s Ñam kicking the year off.  Both Masticar and Tambo will enter their third year, while Mistura goes for seven and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

As we saw from this past weekend’s Ñam, the possibilities within Latin America to be the world’s next culinary super power are essentially endless.  With a larder that is virtually untouched, more than a handful of chefs with international acclaim, and a growing circuit of festivals that promotes the best the region has to offer, 2014 is going to be a big year.  Dates for some of the festivals are still tentative, but we’ll keep you posted as we get them.  See you there.