Since its first edition nine years ago, Mistura has become one of the most anticipated annual events in Lima and one of the world’s leading food fairs. Peru’s elite restaurants man kiosks alongside humble huariques, picanterias, and caretillo street food vendors from each of the country’s diverse regions, and all at affordable prices. 180 restaurants will be participating this year, and 450,000 people are expected to attend.
The event isn’t just about sampling food, however, as there are also exhibits, round-tables hosted by international superstar chefs, concerts and parties, and a large market hawking products from the Andes, the Amazon, and the desert coast. Thanks to the Peruvian farmers who do their part to make the Grand Market the heart of the fair, you can learn about the thousands of varieties of potato species, or try the juice of exotic rainforest fruits, even if you don’t have the time to travel to the regions these products come from. Each day, a guest chef will offer cooking demonstrations at the Grand Market, using products that you will be able to buy there. Virgilio Martinez and Diego Munoz, two of Lima’s most renowned chefs, will be participating.
Mistura aims to popularize Peruvian products and cuisine, support new chefs, provide a cultural experience for its visitors, and to educate the public about food-related issues such as sustainability. Each year, there is a theme, and because this is the International Year of Legumes, Mistura 2016 will offer many innovated legume-based dishes.
What do we recommend? Consider some of the Novo Andino fusion eateries that will be participating, such as El Aguajal, Asakusa and Miski Mikuy Wanka. As for which product to try, chefs in Lima have been touting one particular bean this year: the pajuro. Also known as the Poroto, Lupe, or Incan Bean, it is one of the largest legumes in the world, and grows on trees that can live up to 140 years. They are quite popular in Amazonian restaurants; El Aguajal, for example, offers a dish known as Poroto Shirumbi that combines this bean with tarot root (yuca) and smoked pig’s feet.
This year, the event takes place from September 2nd through September 11th. During those ten days, vendors will not only be celebrating the diversity of Peruvian food, they will also be offering Indian, Moroccan, and Mexican dishes thanks to the participation of international restaurants.
If you want to be among the 35,000 foreign travelers who will enjoy this year’s Mistura Food Fair at Magdalena Costa Verde, visit their official website for tickets. Prices vary according to the day of the week: you can buy an adult ticket for Monday through Wednesday for 13 soles (7 soles for children) and from Thursday through Sunday for 18 soles (8 for children). These prices are only available for tickets that you buy in advance, at the entrance, the same tickets will cost 17 soles on Monday through Wednesday and 26 soles from Thursday through Sunday.
Although the details haven’t been published yet, Mistura generally offers buses from the main parts of the city, due to a lack of parking and a wish to reduce pollution. If you are staying at our hostel in Lima, Pirwa Inclan, than you can expect bus access from Kennedy Park (also known as Ovalo Miraflores). Located as we are in the heart of Miraflores, through which part of the Costa Verde runs, we are not far from the venue.
Make sure not to miss other area attractions during your visit: Love Park, the launch site for tandem paragliding over the green cliffs and Pacific Ocean, and Huaca Puccllana are located just a short walk from our Miraflores hostel. We also have our own travel agency which has been operating tours throughout Peru for more than a decade- contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for travel information or assistance with tours or transport.