Peruvian cuisine showcased

Rae Wilson

THE fourth Mistura International Gastronomic Festival will take place on the 8 – 18 September 2011 in Lima. This annual event, organised by the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy (APEGA), showcases and celebrates the best of Peru’s unique cuisine under one roof.

Due to its increasing popularity, this year Mistura is expecting over 300,000 visitors, and the festival has been extended four days. This year Mistura´s main theme will be Peru’s emblematic fruits grown in the coastal, highland and jungle regions.  

This display, in addition to the endless variety of food to enjoy, will guarantee that everyone finds something that satisfies its palate.

This year Mistura has provided the forum for nine of the world's most famous chefs representing Asia, Europe, North and South America, to gather in Lima for the second meeting of the International Advisory Council of Spain’s Basque Culinary Center. 

This advisory council aims to turn gastronomy into a channel of opportunities for all and is chaired by Spanish chef Ferran Adria and attended by the world’s most renowned chefs such as Peru’s own Gaston Acurio, Rene Redzepi (Denmark), Yukio Hattori (Japan), Massimo Bottura (Italy), Michel Bras (France), Dan Barber (United States), Alex Atala (Brazil) and Heston Bluementhal (United Kingdom).

Peru's Tourism Board coordinator for Asia Pacific, Rosana Guinea comments; “Lima is highly regarded as the gastronomic capital of Latin America and Peruvian cuisine is gaining acclaim around the world.  More tourists are adding gastronomy to their key experiences whilst on holiday in Peru and Mistura offers a fun forum to sample the traditional and new cuisine trends.”  

Australian tourists can immerse themselves in discovering Peruvian cuisine at Mistura by attending seminars, conferences, keynote speakers, demonstrations and tastings.  

For those with a sweet tooth, there will be a special area focused on chocolate and Peruvian desserts and a large area dedicated to all the varieties and brands of Peru's national drink, Pisco.

Mistura is also aiming to find Peru’s next gastronomic extraordinaire through a number of competitions and contests.  

Entrants will be competing in categories such as ‘Best Young Cook’, ‘Best Young Pastry Cook’ and ‘Best Baker'.  Also competitions between different culinary schools from around the country will take place. 

The public can vote for their favourite at Mistura’s Facebook page.

Tickets for Mistura can be purchased for 15 Peruvian Soles (Approx $5.50 AUD).

For more information about Mistura, please visit Mistura.

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