Since 2008, each year usually in September the largest and most important food festival in Latin America, the Mistura, is held in Lima.
Organized by Apega, the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy, Mistura brings together small farmers, producers of local produce and products, food and drinks sellers, chefs, bakers, confectioners, viticulturists, restaurants, baristas, food enthusiasts, Limeños and visitors from all over the world for the country's largest gastronomic folk festival - all celebrating Peru's rich biodiversity and amazing cuisine.
Next to 10 days full of Peruvian flavors and colors visitors can also enjoy an extensive music and cultural program including typical Peruvian dance performances, live music events, exhibitions, workshops and much more.
The heart of Mistura is El Gran Mercado, the Great Market. Here around 300 farmers and producers from all over Peru offer a vast variety of typical and not as widely known Peruvian produce and products from the country's different regions.
Not only Peruvian fruits and veggies, juices, honey, oils, grains, cheeses, herbs, natural remedies and many other Peruvian products are offered for fair prices on the Great Market, but as well lots of knowledge and recipes which use the diverse local ingredients and produce to prepare healthy, nutritious and delicious dishes.
Furthermore, the gastronomic fair is thematically divided into numerous different culinary worlds such as “worlds” dedicated to the Peruvian highland cuisine, the delicious flavors from the Amazon region, the cuisine from southern and northern Peru, ceviche or the creole cuisine. Additional visitors can enjoy the World of cocoa, chocolate and coffee, the World of Peruvian Pisco, the World of bread, the World of soups and many more.
As the Peruvian cuisine is an important part of the local culture and identity, Mistura not only is a must for food lovers and professionals in the hospitality sector, but for everyone interested in Peru and its people. It allows visitors to get a glimpse of the impressive Peruvian biodiversity, discover the large variety and facets of the Peruvian cuisine and enjoy the culinary treasures of the different regions of Peru.
Please note: Since its beginnings in 2008 Mistura is traditionally held in September. Due to organization problems the 10th edition of gastronomic fair in 2017 was postponed to November; and while organizers promised in 2018 everything will be back on track and already announced a date in September, later the Mistura 2018 was again postponed on the ground that is reinvented.
Check our Food News sector or our event calendar for the exact dates of the next Mistura.