Piura, Mucho Gusto!

December 15th, 2009

Three days of delicious flavours from Piura, as the best restaurants from this northern city, and the region, gather for the first “Perú, Mucho Gusto” gastronomic fair outside of Lima.

Organised by PromPeru, Peru’s tourist board, as was the first fair in Lima two years ago before being taken over by the APEGA gastronomic society, this was the first promotion of Peruvian gastronomy outside of Lima.

Peru has several hundred national dishes thanks to it’s incredibly diverse landscape and cultural make up. From Piura emanate some of the coast’s, and some of the North’s, tastiest dishes.

Cebiche de Conchas Negras (Black Shellfish Cebiche), Stewed Duck and Seco de Chavelo are just some of northern delights cooked by the hands of the chefs from Tumbes, Piura, Trujillo and Chiclayo that attended.

The north has the …en Perú stamp of approval and any gastro-tourist would be wise not to skip it.

Delicacies from the north where not all that was promoted, the event was also used to like the diverse tourist attractions available along the northern coast – sites usually skipped by tourists blinded by hype about Cusco.

“This is a great opportunity to not only show off our gastronomy, but also the many tourist attractions in the north of Peru”, explained Mara Seminario, director of PromPeru.

As well as dozens of stands serving food to the thousands of visitors, recognised chefs also offered cooking classes to the public. The event also tried to highlight agricultural products from the north, some of which have been disappearing over the years.

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