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

By Patrick Hieger



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.

Uruguay Happenings (ES)

By Majo Lois



–Every Saturday, restaurant Las Piedras at the Hotel Fasano in Punta del Este lights up the grill to offer a simple, Uruguayan-style asado.  Rustic vibes and fine dining come together that’s not lacking in pork chorizos, provoleta, the classic tira de asado, oxtail, lamb, chicken and pork.  Garnishes include typical chimichurri and even mandioc flour and salsa criolla.  The asado runs US $65, excluding drinks.  Make reservations by calling 598 42670000.

– Chefs Florencia Courreges and Alejandro Morales at Parador La Huella in José Ignacio will momentarily leave the sands of the east to head to Montevideo’s Jacinto and close out the dinner series that has already seen Fernando Trocca and Francis Mallmann as invited chefs.  On Friday, August 8, at 20:30, diners will have the chance to eat a three-course meal that will undoubtedly include flavors of the sea.  Make your reservations by calling Jacinto at 2915 2731.

–The Uruguayan boliche is a mixture of food and coffee, marble counters, chairs and tables made of wood no less than 50 years old, a huge bar full of bottles of every alcohol possible, wispy curtains, and maybe even an owner of Spanish descent.  Bascially, though, a boliche is a comfortable place for Montevideños, and so for the past few years the Ministry of Education and Culture has developed “Boliches en Agosto,” a series of activities that helps us value these ubiquitous spaces. 

The agenda is wide-reaching, on a national level even, but as a point of reference we suggest this:  On Wednesday, August 7 at Bar Andorra, they’ll be cooking up the original stew from Cerro Chato, from the small town of El Rendimiento, aiming at a sensory experience full of smells, flavors, and history.  The stew will be free for 60 people throughout dinnertime, and an old regular will tell stories of the restaurant’s origins.  Bar Andorra is located at Canelones 1300. 

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Punta del Este Food + Wine

Punta del Este Food and Wine (October 12 & 13, Punta del Este, Uruguay) — In this, its fourth edition, expect nothing less than brilliance from this up-and-coming festival.  Francis Mallman will be doing a live cook-off, ‘Siete Fuegos’-style.  Confirmed chefs so far include Francis Mallman, Hernán Gipponi, and Marcelo Betancourt.  We’ve heard rumors, though, that some noted chefs from the United States and elsewhere will be present.  What better way to spend an October weekend than on the beach eating amazing food?  Oh, and marijuana is now legal.  We’ll see you there.

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Punta Del Este Food & Wine Starts October 12

It feels like we’ve been talking about it for awhile now, so it’s nice to be able to say that the fourth edition of the Punta del Este Food & Wine Festival is just around the corner.  Next weekend, October 12 and 13, one of South America’s hottest beach towns will be taken over by international food personalities for what promises to be one of the sexiest food festivals this year.  Workshops?  Yes.  Sampling?  Yes.  Wines?  Yes.  Forums, food, live demos and more?  Yes, yes yes.

This year’s lineup is looking pretty great, with a smattering of chefs recently voted into Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.  Chefs like Hernán Gipponi, Francis Mallman and Marcelo Betancourt will be on hand giving live demos, classes, and forums.  Sponsors for this year’s festival include Stella Artois, Skyy Vodka, wines from Laberintos del Sur and many, many more, so you can rest assured it will be an amazing party.  Tickets are still on sale for the various events within the festival, but they’re going fast, so don’t hesitate.  This will be the best party of the spring!  [via PDE Food & Wine]

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Punta Del Este Food and Wine, October 12 & 13

Sure, it may be three months away, but with temperatures hovering at the freezing mark, isn’t it nice to think about going to a wine and food festival on the coast when the temperatures are starting to warm up?  October will mark the fourth edition of the young festival, the first of its kind in Uruguay, a country not yet particularly known for its high-end gastronomy.  And what’s better, the organizers, Gabriel Bialystocki and Álvaro Kemper, cousins, will be hosting a summer edition in January of 2014.  That’s a lot of food and beach time to get excited about!

For now, check out the festival’s website and start planning your trip.  If this year’s is anything like last year’s edition, there’s plenty to be excited about.  We’ll keep you updated as the festival gets closer.  [via El Observador]