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Everything you need to know about Mistura 2013

By Rachel Chase

Get ready, food lovers of Lima: Mistura 2013 is almost upon us.

Everything you need to know about Mistura 2013

(Photo: Facebook/Mistura)

When & Where

This year’s Mistura festival will be held from September 6 – 15 on the Costa Verde of Magdalena del Mar. From Monday to Thursday, the fair will be open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. From Friday to Sunday, Mistura will be open an additional hour, from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.

How to get there

The festival’s organizers have provided several official ways to arrive at the fairgrounds. Lima’s Metropolitano bus system will be running a continuous route from el Paseo de Los Héroes Navales (near el Museo del Arte Italiano in the center of Lima) to the site of Mistura in Magdalena del Mar. The Metropolitano will stop at eight bus stops along the Avenida Brasil. A two-way fare will cost S/. 2. Organizers have emphasized the Metropolitano route as one of the easiest and most efficient ways to arrive at this year’s fair.

Mistura has also approved three taxi companies for official use in conjunction with the fair: Taxi Satelital, Taxi Directo, and Easy Taxi, all of which will offer standardized prices for the event. For those that wish to take their own vehicles, parking will also be available for S/. 20.

For a complete list of bus stops served by the Metropolitano Mistura route and further taxi information, please visit Mistura’s transportation information page .

Ticket information

Tickets for Mistura 2013 are available through Teleticket at Wong and Metro. Tickets for Monday and Tuesday (“días populares”) cost S/. 15 for adults 13 and over and S/. 8 for children 12 and under. Wednesday through Sunday, tickets for adults are S/. 25 and S/. 12 for children.

Keep in mind that the ticket prices only cover the cost of entry. According to Peru.com, portions of food at the various stalls will be priced at S/. 7 for a half portion and S/. 13 for a full portion. Be sure to bring cash, as this year’s seaside location means that vendors won’t be able to install the systems necessary to process credit card sales.

Highlights

Mistura is comprised of a number of different “worlds”: quinua, cacao, coffee, anticuchos, breads, ceviche, Limeño food, food from the Amazon, southern Peruvian food, Andean food, northern Peruvian food, chifa and Japanese food, and food “a la brasa.” Visitors will also get to enjoy el Gran Mercado, where they can interact with food producers from all over the country and get a glimpse of Peru’s astonishing biodiversity.

But food isn’t the only thing being served up at Mistura. Throughout the festival, gastronomic and cultural presentations will take place around the fairgrounds. Musical presentations are also scheduled to take place during the festival’s 10-day run, including a set by los Hermanos Yaipén and a concert by Eva Ayllón on 15 September.

New attractions

This year, Latin America’s largest food festival will highlight one of Peru’s most important resources: water. In keeping with the fair’s theme of “Water and Hydrobiological Resources”, Mistura 2013 will present an aquarium area where visitors can see virtual displays of Peruvian undersea life as well as exhibits that include live specimens. A photographic and video exhibition called “Ruta de Gigantes” that explores whale migration patterns in the seas around Latin America will also be present, with the purpose of educating the public and promoting responsible whale watching tourism along the coast of Peru. Also new for 2013 is the Choco Expo Peru, which will include workshops and presentations by chocolatiers from all over the world.

Mistura is a special treat in a city of culinary delights. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to try dishes from some of the best restaurants in the country. For complete information and event schedules, check Mistura’s website and our event page .

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