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Here’s A Timelapse Of Brazil’s Massive (and Drunken) Oktoberfest (PO)

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

This is the last week left to catch the Oktoberfest in Blumenau, Brazil.  Our travel feature this week offered tips on how to get the most out of your visit to the city.  To help get you in the mood, we assembled a montage of the parade along with some of the festivities happening inside the big tent.  It’s a celebration of Brazil’s largest population of Germans in an irresistible, festive atmosphere.  This is the biggest Oktoberfest happening outside of Germany, so if you are anywhere in South America, it’s the next best thing to going to the real one.  It also happens to be the largest street party outside of Carnaval.  So come and grab a beer, eat some currywurst and join the other revelers for one of the most festive celebrations of German heritage!

São Paulo’s Massive New Food Truck Park Jardim Das Perdizes Opens This Weekend (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[Jardim Das Perdizes]

[Jardim Das Perdizes]

Food truck mania may not have eclipsed football mania in Brazil quite yet, but it’s getting awfully close.  Taking advantage of the success that their first food truck park, Butantan, has had since opening back in May, partners Maurício Schuartz and Daniela Narciso have gone and done it again.  This weekend, Jardim Das Perdizes will make its grand debut, with more than 50 trucks spread out over 4,000 square meters.  Get hungry.

To inaugurate the new food truck park, Schuartz and Narciso have planned a party.  Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, 48 different food trucks offering everything from Indian food, churros, Colombian street fare, and much much more.  For the inaugural weekend, all plates will be R$ 20 or less.  Entry to the event, and the park, is free, and free public parking will also be available.  Jardim Das Perdizes will be open Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00 to 19:00, and is located at Av. Nicolas Boer 300.  Provecho! 

Recap: Mistura / Qaray, Day 1

By Patrick Hieger

DSC_0054Mistura 2014 officially opened its doors to the public yesterday, bringing with it more food, more novelties, and a brand new chef’s symposium, this year dubbed Qaray.  The look and feel of this year’s festival are new, and better.  Although the first day is never as full as it will be well on into the week, it seems like a new level of organization will keep things running more smoothly, with more organized, if not shorter lines, and a new crop of restaurants eager to dish out their best.

Over at Qaray, the day got off to a running start when Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food, delivered one of the most powerful inaugural speeches ever.  Chefs this year are in rare form, and it certainly feels like a new era is upon us.  No more of the “fuck off we’re just going to show you a video so you get what we do,” careless attitude that makes festivals boring.  No, everyone’s here with a mission this year, and it’s all worth listening to.  We can expect some big ripples to come out of the symposium this year, that won’t simply affect Latin America, its chefs and its cuisine.  This is a big year of change, and the chats at Qaray could be setting a whole new standard for what we expect from chefs.  Get ready.

Below, the hits:

BsAs’ Bar 878 Celebrates 10 Years In A Major Way Tomorrow Night (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

For those of you that will be in Buenos Aires tomorrow night, be sure and clear your schedule, because there’s only one place you’ll need to be.  Cocktail haven 878 is celebrating 10 long years tomorrow, and they’ll be celebrating for 10 hours.  In fact, during those 10 hours, they’ll be showcasing 10 bartenders, 10 one-night-only drinks, live music and, well, it’s Buenos Aires, so there’s bound to be 10 other awesome things, too.  No reservations are needed and all are encouraged to come.  878 is located at Thames 878.  The party goes from 19:00 to 5:00.  Have fun.

L.A.’s Mo-Chica Turns 2 Next Week, And You Can Celebrate (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Mo-Chica]

[Mo-Chica]

Ricardo Zarate’s L.A. hot spot Mo-Chica is turning two next week, June 25, and they’re having a party to celebrate.  To get in, all you need to do is RSVP via the Facebook event page, and you’ll be included on the list.  Once you’re there, you’ll be greeted with Pisco drinks as sponsored by Pisco Porton, free food, live music, and more.  Sounds like a great deal.  The party starts at 9.

El restaurant Mo-Chica de Ricardo Zarate en Los Angeles, California va a cumplir dos años la próxima semana, 25 de junio, y están haciendo una fiesta para celebrar.  Para entrar, solamente necesitas confirmar tu asistencia a través de la página del evento en Facebook, y estarás en la lista.  Cuando llegues, recibirás tragos a base de pisco auspiciados por Pisco Porton, comida gratis, música en vivo, y más.  Suena perfecta.  La fiesta empieza a las 21:00.

[photo: Como Sur]

Vendimia 2014

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: Como Sur]

[photo: Como Sur]

As March quickly approaches and vacations come to a close, that can only mean one thing:  it’s time to harvest grapes.  Across the Southern Cone, grape growers, vintners, wineries, and everyone that wants to get drunk at a big party is ready to pull the grapes from their vines and get to fermenting.  It’s vendimia season, and there’s a lot of celebrating going on.  Our friends over at Nirvino have assembled a list of some of the hottest harvest parties going, from Curicó to Mendoza.

If you’ve not yet been to one of these celebrations, you’ve really been missing out.  Mendoza’s pulling out all the stops this year, bringing in big name bands like Bábasonicos for a four-day festival, complete with a new logo, and more.  From local foods to local dance, newly bottled wines and a whole lot more, harvest parties are the best way to close out the summer, get ready for fall, and settle in to the year ahead.  If you’re there, we’ll probably be there, too.  Salud!  [via Nirvino]

[image: Soul Kitchen]

BEER AND TACOS This Saturday At Santiago’s Loom Brewery

[image: Soul Kitchen]

[image: Soul Kitchen]

At the rate both Soul Kitchen, Santiago’s hottest VW van-based mobile eatery, and Loom, Santiago’s hottest new micro brewery, have been self-promoting this Saturday’s party, we’re expecting one hell of a turnout.  Back for more beer and tacos this weekend at their brewery in Macul, the Chuck and Jaime from Loom will be releasing a new batch of their blackest beer, the Monstruous IPA.  Accompanying them will be Soul Kitchen, dishing up tacos and more, with a good dose of funk, soul, and R&B classics.

In case you need a reference for how awesome this weekend’s event is going to be, check back to our coverage of the last time these two joined forces, and get hungry.  And thirsty.  This weekend’s party promises to be even more exciting, more thirst-quenching and more, uh, soulful?  Yes.  The festivities start at 1 pm at Loom, located at Avenida Exequiel Fernández 2321, in Macul.  We’ll see you there.

[image: Inéditas]

Inéditas With Gastón Acurio, November 28

[image: Inéditas]

[image: Inéditas]

The time has come for the final dinner in the Inéditas series, dinners sponsored by Gastón Acurio and BBVA to help support Acurio’s culinary school for underprivileged youth, Pachúcatec.  The series began back in August with chef Rafael Osterling doing a take on Thai food.  From there it was Virgilio Martínez cooking Singapore, and then Mitsuharu Tsumura, acclaimed chef of Nikkei-focused restaurant Maido, doing Italian.  Inéditas will come to a close next Thursday, November 28, when Gastón Acurio takes over the kitchen at his cevichería, La Mar, for a Spanish fiesta on par with anything you’d get in Europe.

Acurio’s turn at the Inéditas dinners will take place Thursday, November 28 at Lima’s La Mar.  Dinner will begin at 8:30 pm and tickets are S/. $180.  Given that the man who has co-sponsored the series will be finishing it off himself, expect nothing short of delicious perfection.  Reserve your tickets here.  Salud!