Guide to the Mistura Food Festival in Peru
Mistura (Spanish for ‘mixture’) is one of the largest food festivals in Latin America. It brings together many of the finest chefs, farmers, food sellers and food processing companies to showcase Peru’s best cuisines. It comes as no surprise that Peruvian cuisine is recognised as one of the best in Latin America. With so many influences and diverse ingredients from all around the country, food from Peru yields a wide range of unique flavours. From the tropical fruits of the Amazon to the delicious seafood found along its coastal regions, the Mistura Gastronomic Fair is one of the best ways to experience these fine culinary delights.
What is the Mistura Festival?
The annual Mistura Festival is a celebration of food, art and music with a great mix of authentic culinary treasures. Peru is a multicultural country and this is reflected in their popular cuisine, influenced by a combination of culinary styles from various regions around the world; European, Asian, African and Arab. At the stalls there are various samplings of quinoas, cheeses, piscos, organic fruits and veggies as well as a variety of delicious dishes including open-fire roasted pork, rocoto rellenos and tacu tacu.
How does it work?
Visitors can purchase food tickets which are exchanged for dishes at the stalls. Real foodies can get a multi-day ticket and come each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Some Peru tours will include cooking classes at the festival, where you can learn more about the fine ingredients used in many Peruvian dishes. The classes are run by professionals who discuss recipes and upcoming food trends.
If you can leave a bit of room for dessert, you will be able to try some of the unique local sweets of Peru. Those with a sweet tooth can sample a great variety of chocolates from 30 of the nation’s top chocolatiers. Other popular desserts include Alfajores – sweet, buttery cookies filled with manjar blanco, Mazamorra Morada – delicious thick jelly made of Peru’s unique purple corn (a perfect mix of old world and new world tastes) and of course picarones – mouth-watering donut-like dessert made of pumpkin dough, deep fried and served with cane syrup.
Mistura is a great success with tourists and locals alike because it reflects the diversity of Peru’s culture and history. While you’re there, be sure to tour Peru’s most incredible sites. Hike the Inca Trail, witness the breathtaking Machu Picchu and marvel at the impressive colonial architecture of both Lima and Cusco.