Mistura 2013: In celebration of Peru’s food

Mistura 2013: In celebration of Peru’s food

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Gourmands and cocktail aficionados find their paradise at Mistura, Peru’s annual culinary festival in LimaMistura is the largest festival of its type in South America and is a glowing example of the enormous confidence that Peru holds for its gastronomic traditions.

Users guide to this creative culinary festival

Mistura 2013 will be held from September 6 to the 15th and is expected to attract more than 200,000 people.  A variety of food-related activities will take place during this 10-day food festival, including round table discussions; cooking demonstrations and competitions: and live entertainment and concerts in the evening.  A detailed list of daily events (in Spanish) is available on the Mistura 2013 website.

Mistura is a wonderful opportunity to dive into Peru´s culinary culture and try both traditional Peruvian food and international dishes at a reasonable price. In many cases, the food you´ll find at Mistura is significantly cheaper than the local restaurants.  More than 30 of the country´s best chefs will serve full portions for under 5 US$ (13 soles) or half portions for around 7 soles.

Dishes that created a buzz last year and shouldn´t be missed  include Tia Gramanesa’s  anticuchos de corazonEl Grifo’s fettucinis con salsa a la huancainaMaido’s tacu chaufa and maki, and Chez Wong’s ceviche.  For a taste of Peru´s famed pisco sours, check out Huaringas´ stand at Mistura.

Mistura 1Photo by LiberPhone/Flickr

Tickets for Mistura should be purchased in advance through Teleticket at Metro and Wong, two supermarket chains in Peru that have several store locations throughout Lima.

The must-eats

The pisco tent is always a popular destination at Mistura with grape-stomping dance demonstrations and free samples of pisco cocktails. Bottles of pisco are available for purchase and inquisitive drinkers can buy a tasting at one of the vineyard’s stalls.

Chocolate lovers will be especially pleased to find the chocolate tent where bars, truffles, and other delectables can be sampled or purchased for dessert.

The delicious aromoas from Mistura´s barbeque area are particularly tempting.  Here you´ll find a variety of deliciously flavored meat including the popular chancho al palo (pork on a spit). Men with long rakes tend to huatias, large steaming pits lined with hot stones used to prepare pachamanca, a traditional dish made with vegetables and one or more meat including pork, chicken, lamb, and guinea pig marinated in spices and slowly baked to perfection.

MisturaPhoto by Virgino Cristante Tomairo/Flickr

Vegetarians love the market and bakery sections with thousands of fruits and vegetables on display along with more than 1,000 varieties of potatoes that you find in Peru. A team of expert bakers produce all types of breads.

Some insider tips to enhance your experience

  • Don’t get overwhelmed, walk around, observe, before deciding what your palate wants to savor.
  • If you can, go to Mistura on Monday or Tuesday because entry tickets are cheaper.
  • The food options at Mistura can be overwhelming, so come with a list of restaurants and dishes you want to try.
  • Take a couple friends with you and spend a full day tasting, sampling, and sharing.
  • Wear pants with an elastic waistband!

Mistura: just a peek

Dates: September 6-15
Location Costa Verde of Magdelena del Mar, Lima, Peru
Hours Monday – Thursday (10:00 am to 10 pm)
Friday – Sunday (10:00 am to 11 pm)
Ticket Info. Entry tickets can be bought at Wong or Metro and do not include the price of food.

Ticket Price

Entry Ticket
Monday – Tuesday (15 soles for adults, 8 soles for children 12 and under)
Wednesday – Sunday (25 soles for adults, 12 soles for children 12 and under)

This year Mistura will be held along Lima´s coast on the Costa Verde of Magdelena del Mar.

Mistura 2013 map, Peru For LessMap from GoogleMaps

Websites, videos, and more

Websites and articles:
Mistura website
Mistura Food Festival showcases the best of Peruvian gastronomy
Peru’s Annual Mistura Food Festival
Report from Mistura Food Festival
Preview: Mistura 2013

Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOtqzzlxm8A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk9xhOIQrr4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36lGAkaqe5M

Plan a Peruvian culinary tour 

Mistura is held every year in Lima during the month of September.  Contact us to start planning your own tour of Lima to get a taste of the country´s culinary flavors.

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lives and breathes travel. She has become particularly fond of Peru as she loves big mountains and ancient cultures, so she ended up living there for six months. She likes the challenge of traveling on a budget and she makes a point of really getting to know places inside-out.



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