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Peru was featured nation at Pan American Food Festival in TorontoFriday, August 15, 2014 > 10:12:17
Peru was the featured nation at the second annual Pan American Food Festival – event that celebrates the best food and culture of the Western Hemisphere – held in Toronto, Canada.
The 2014 Pan American Food Festival took place at Daniels Spectrum, a vibrant new cultural hub in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Launching with a private Opening Reception on Friday, August 8, the festival was entirely free to the public on Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10.
This year’s edition featured top chefs from 18 different countries. They delighted attendees with delicious dishes from a variety of countries, including Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Chile, Colombia, and this year’s host country, Peru.
According to a press release, Peru supported the participation of renowned Peruvian chef Roger Arakaki, and sponsored the Festival’s opening reception.
The culinary experience included food demonstrations by international chefs, kids’ activities, a Pan American vendors market, fun food competitions and entertainment for the whole family.
Besides, events were held inside Daniels Spectrum and on the neighboring streets, Regent Park Boulevard and St. David’s Walk, creating a large outdoor street fair for visitors to discover the delicious and diverse cuisine of the region.
New to this year’s festival was the Totalmente Tamales Competition. Mejía says, “Totalmente Tamales pits some of the cities best tamal makers for a mano a mano, friendly competition to determine whose tamal will be crowned most delicioso!
Also new to this year’s festival was the first annual Wine & Spirits Salon, which brought the tropical taste of Latin American beverages to Toronto.
“The influence of Latin American culture is very visible in what Canadians are drinking every day: margaritas, mojitos, caipirinhas and pisco sours, not to mention Argentinean and Chilean wines”, says Garcia-Herreros.
This time, participating producers and distributors featured Peruvian pisco, tequila, mezcal and rum at the Wine & Spirits salon.
“We are thrilled to be working with Daniels Spectrum to bring to life the exciting flavors and cultures of the 41 countries of North, South and Central America and the Caribbean,” said Daniel Garcia-Herreros, Festival Director.
The Festival’s Culinary Curator, Mary Luz Mejía, put together line-up of culinary talents bringing the best of Pan American flavor to Toronto.