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Inside Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s Mercado Abasto Sur

Patrick Hieger

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

Ask most any chef across South America, even the ones who go deep into the jungle or to the highest of peaks in search of exotic, foraged goods, and they’ll tell you that their local city market is a staple in their country’s, their city’s cuisine.  Santiago has the Vega Central.  Lima the Mercado Surquillo.  Bogotá has the blocks-wide Palo Quemao with an equally impressive flower market outside.  And nestled deep in the heart of South America, dead center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is the Mercado Abasto Sur, a sprawling behemoth of a market that showcases the incredibly rich biodiversity that, in the last few years, restaurants throughout Bolivia are starting to show off as they push to become the next “it” country in South American cuisine.  Spend even an hour traipsing through the labyrinthine stalls and rooms full of everything from hundreds of varieties of potatoes, bananas, and plantains, to exotic fruits, live chickens, meat on the grill, and much, much more, and you’ll see just why Bolivia has been getting their fair share of press lately.  And why they deserve it. 

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.

Have A Look Inside São Paulo’s Mercado Municipal

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

South America is full of some of the best produce, meat, and fish markets around the world.  From Santiago’s Vega Central to La Paz’s El Alto market, visitors and business owners alike have the chance to experience these countries literally from the ground up, tasting exotic flavors and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells that only these markets can offer.  In this profile of one of Brazil’s best markets in São Paulo, writer Joanna Marracelli takes us through the highlights of just some of this country’s offerings.

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. 

Inside Bogotá’s Paloquemao Market

By Patrick Hieger

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

As South America rapidly becomes the next “it destination” for a whole new world of modern cuisine featuring unheard of flavors and ingredients that, until recently, were only known by locals, a new flock of tourists from both within the continent and outside are heading to the Southern hemisphere to get a taste of what some of the world’s leading chefs have to offer.  However, no culinary getaway to just about any country in South America would be complete without a trip to the markets that so many capital cities are known for.  Gastro-pilgrims looking to find the best of Lima know that after dining at Central or Astrid y Gastón, a trip to the Surquillo Market No. 1 is a prerequisite for a taste of caldo de gallina, or just to get their hands on one of the thousands of varieties of potatoes that Peru has to offer.  Locals in Santiago know that, if you’re looking for a true taste of the best that Chile has to offer, the Vega Central is the only place you need to go.  But it’s Bogotá, Colombia that plays home to one of the most remarkable city markets on the continent, Paloquemao.  With a footprint of more than four city blocks, a variety of fruits, vegetables, tubers, live chickens, fish, and more, as well as a flower market that would make the Dutch weep, Paloquemao is one of those markets even the most traveled chef can only dream about, and where hungry travelers can get the most authentic taste of Bogotá that a cab ride can offer.

Two things make the Paloquemao such an incredible market: size and abundance.  Located in the southern reaches of Bogotá, far from the Zona G and the abundance of high-end restaurants that make the city a tourist destination on its own, Paloquemao is massive.  Before you even enter the market, a stretch of parking lot nearly two blocks wide, and at least a block deep is covered in flowers.  Everything from roses to sunflowers, daisies, tulips and more are available in every color imaginable.  After you sift your way through the seemingly unending sea of floral delights, a market that is all at once maze, restaurant, grocer, butcher, and kitchen supply store awaits.  Finding the market isn’t difficult.  Finding a way to leave is much more of a task. 

Sabe La Tierra Market Returns To Palermo This Weekend (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Sabe La Tierra]

[Sabe La Tierra]

Buenos Aires market-goers will have to options for getting their organics this weekend, as non-profit Sabe La Tierra sets down in Palermo from July 18 to 20.  Although Sabe La Tierra offers weekly markets in San Fernando and Vicente López every Saturday, they’re hosting their third “tour” of the city this weekend.  Though the market won’t be quite as large as the itinerant Buenos Aires Market that will also be setting up in Palermo this weekend, they will be offering 40 different stands, free entry, and a lot of organic, healthy products.  Sabe La Tierra will take place Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, from 18:00 to 23:00, and Sunday, July 20, from 11:00 to 19:00.  The market will be set up at Gorriti 5417, in Palermo Viejo. 

Buenos Aires Market This Weekend (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Planeta Joy]

[Planeta Joy]

Buenos Aires’ biggest monthly organic market is back this weekend at Plaza Unidad Latinoamericana, located at Salvador and Medrano in Palermo.  As usual, entrance is free and open to the public.  Buenos Aires Market features more than 60 stands selling hundreds of organic foods, artisan crafts, live music, tastings, classes, and more.  The market runs from 10:00 to 18:00, June 7 and 8.

El mercado orgánico mensual más grande de Buenos Aires vuelve este fin de semana en Plaza Unidad Latinoamericana, ubicada en Salvador y Medrano en Palermo.  Como normal, la entrada es gratis y abierto al público.  Buenos Aires Market ofrece más de 60 puestos vendiendo cientos de comidas orgánicas, artesanía, música en vivo, degustaciones, clases, y más.  El mercado pasa desde 10:00 hasta 18:00 el 7 y 8 de junio.

Destinos: Drunk Like A Sea Wolf In Valdivia, Chile

By Patrick Hieger

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

As the craft beer industry in Chile continues to expand and dabble with interesting new flavors and brewing techniques, it’s important to remember that the industry has a long history that stems from a strong flow of immigrants making their way into the country.  To get a real taste (literally) of Chile’s craft-brewing heritage, a trip to the far South is of the utmost importance.  And if you’re looking for craft brewing ground zero, look no further than Valdivia, where you’ll find more than just a cold brew to keep you occupied.