Mistura is the largest gastronomic event in Latin America that showcases the best of Peruvian cuisine and is increasingly gaining a fantastic international reputation. Mistura was founded by Gaston Acurio whom is a top Peruvian chef that has been spearheading Peruvian cuisine across the world. The event also is a celebration of Peruvian music, dance and art. And if you travel to Peru in September you should visit this fantastic event.
The event brings together the most prestigious chefs in Peru where they run small stands showcasing the food that they cook best and it allows people of all ages and social status to enjoy world class cuisine at a fraction of the price. As well as these top chefs, the event includes a variety of people involved in Peruvian cuisine, such as bakers, food vendors, farmers, restaurants, cooking schools, Pisco producers and huariques (small family run restaurants). If you have a sweet tooth, then you will be in heaven here, as 30 of Peru’s top chocolatiers will be there to tempt you with their delights.
The spirit of Mistura comes from the tradition of the Peruvian “Fiesta” where cooking traditional Peruvian food at festivities and family celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, Christmas and Easter is the norm. The kitchen and food is every Peruvian’s cultural identity and they are proud to show this to the world.
Last year, Mistura was hosted by Chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli and featured over 160,000 different dishes and over 500 litres of Pisco. In 2012, Mistura is expected to attract over half a million people and over 15,000 foreign tourists will be travelling from all over the world. It will be held between 7th and 16th September in the Campo de Marte in downtown Lima, which is 30% larger than last years location at Parque de la Exposicion in anticipation of the increase in visitors. In addition to Peru’s top chefs, there will be other chefs from all over the world including Elena Arzak (named Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef), Maxime Bilet, Eneko Atxa, Peter Gilmore and Quique Dacosta.
There is a large outdoor market called El Gran Mercado (the big market) that consists of 180 stands where you can buy typical Peruvian produce such as, ajis (chilis), fruits, potatoes and more from all over Peru. There are also plenty of live demonstrations, culinary lectures and parades to keep you entertained for the whole day.
Wherever you travel in Peru, you will find world class cuisine and Mistura is the place to come if you want to see and experience everything under one roof. A truly amazing experience for all food lovers.