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One of the biggest events in Peru that relates to gastronomy is taking place this week. Mistura, which means “a mingled compound” or “a variety of something”, in this case of food, is the biggest food fair in Peru and South America. As many people know, Peru is a multicultural country.
The country´s geography shows three areas very well differentiated. There is the coast, the mountains (called Sierra) and the jungle. Each area is very different from one another and so is the lifestyle of its citizens, the culture, the climate and therefore the food. Mistura is the fair where Peruvians and foreigners gather to eat the best of the best.
It also represents the proudness of the Peruvian people. For this year, many important chefs arrived to Lima, like the Spanish Ferran Adriá, consider the best chef in the world and owner of the famous Bulli restaurant; as well as Rene Redzepi, owner of the Danish Noma restaurant, considered the best restaurant in the world by the San Pellegrino list for two years.
Other chefs took place in this event, such as Alex Atala (Brazil), Massimo Bottura(Italy), Dan Barber (United States), Yukio Hattori (Japan), and Gastón Acurio (Peru). For its 4th edition, the 860000 square feet area is divided into 5 big sections. The first one is for the traditional restaurants, the second one is called “The Peruvian bread alley”, which will offer more than 40 varieties of bread.
There is also one area for Luxury restaurants and one area for typical food. There is also a big conference center for different exhibitions and seminars called “Hall of creativity”. The main ingredient of the event this year is the fruits. There will be more than 86 different kinds of fruits from all over Peru.
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