Peru holidaymakers set for food festival

23rd May 2013

A food festival in Peru has all the ingredients of being a great success with holidays tailor-made for lovers of exotic cuisine.

More than 35,000 visitors are expected at next week's Peru Mucho Gusto festival, staged in the northern region of Tacna.

The festival, from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2, offers dishes from nine Peruvian regions.

These include Tacna, lca, Apurimac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Madre de Dios, Moquegua and Puno.

Peruvian cuisine reflects the influences from the indigenous Incas and food brought in with immigrants from Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian and Japanese communities.

The three main Peruvian foods are potatoes, corn and chilli peppers.

Many tourists on group tours have become increasingly seduced by local grain-like crops such as quinoa and kaniwa, which are sure to be in evidence during the three days.

Rice, wheat, beef, pork and chicken should also feature strongly.

Peru's Deputy Minister of Tourism, Claudia Cornejo, told Andina news agency that the nine regions will not only showcase their finest cuisine, but also promote tourism and handicrafts.

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