The sixth edition of Latin America’s largest culinary festival, Mistura, held in Lima, Peru each September, is now underway and runs until September 13. There’s a new beachfront location on the Costa Verde, a stellar lineup of invited chefs, and Gastón Acurio back on the planning team. Mistura 2013 is looking better than ever.
Previous incarnations of Mistura have been held in the Parque de la Expocsion (2008-2011) and the Campo de Marte (2012), though it out grew both spaces and neither were ever exactly the right fit. APEGA, the Peruvian Gastronomic Society, which organizes the event, has signed an agreement with the Municipality of Magdalena to use a space of 2.5 kilometers on the Costa Verde for the next five years. This is a big step forward for both the festival and the ever-improving coastline.
Last year saw Massimo Bottura and Joan Roca, among others. This year the lineup of invited chefs at Mistura will include (among others):
–Alain Ducasse: France
–Magnus Nilsson: Faviken, Sweden
–Daniel Humm: Eleven Madison Park, New York
–Rodolfo Guzman: Boragó, Chile
–Albert Adrià: Tickets & Pakta, Spain
–Andoni Luis Aduri: Mugaritz, Spain
–José Andrés: Too many to name, USA/Spain
–Enrique Olvera: Pujol, Mexico
–René Redzepi: Noma, Denmark
–Nuno Mendes: Viajante, England
–Davide Scabin: Combal.Zero, Italy
–Virgilio Martínez: Central/Lima London/Senzo, Peru
–Mitsuharu Tsumura: Maido, Peru
–Gastón Acurio: Astrid y Gastón/La Mar/T’anta, etc; Peru
Last years theme was based around Andean grains. This year it is water and aquatic resources, a major issue in Peru and particularly appropriate considering the new venue. Expect considerable attention being paid to seafood, artisanal fishermen, and diverse products from Peru’s Pacific coast.
The Food Stalls
This year Mistura will be organized into 12 worlds:
– Criollo (Creole)
– Las Brasas (Rotisserie)
– Cebiche (Ceviche)
– Anticucho (Anticuchos)
– Andino (Andean)
– Amazónico (Amazonian)
– Chifa y Nikkei (Chinese-Peruvian & Japanese-Peruvian)
– Norteño (Northern)
– Sureño (Southern)
– De los Mundos (International)
– Tabernas y Bares + Pisco (Bars & Pisco)
*Additional sections include: Cacao (chocolate), Café (coffee), and Pan (bread)
At least a million people are expected to attend this year’s fair.
Mistura 2013 will run from September 6 to 15, 2013.
Visit mistura.pe for more information.
Writer and photographer Nicholas Gill is the editor/publisher of New World Review. He lives in Lima, Peru and Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CondeNast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, and Penthouse. Visit his personal website (nicholas-gill.com) for more information.