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Paterson-based Peruvians to celebrate Ceviche Fest this month
June 11, 2012
The Peruvian community in Paterson, New Jersey, will join Ceviche Day celebrations later this month with a free admission food festival honoring Peru's signature creation, ceviche.
The city of Paterson, with more than 55,000 Peruvians residing there, on June 30 will become the center of operations aimed at establishing the International Day of Peruvian Ceviche, as an extension of the celebration that takes place in Peru since 2009.
Paterson’s Mayor, Jeffery Jones, who has initiated a series of activities as part of his administration to reassess the customs and identities of dozens of communities of different origins that reside in the mentioned city, located just minutes from New York, will preside over the opening ceremony for “Ceviche Fest”, joined by consul authorities.
The celebration will take place in collaboration with Peru's trade office in New York and the Consulate General of Peru in the state of New Jersey.
For this collaboration the Peruvian consular office located in Paterson will be arranged for the development of this great food fair that will feature the ceviche, which can be tasted along with a varied menu of seafood dishes from Peru.
The organizer of the event, the Peruvian-American businesswoman Heidi Castrillón, highlighted the initiative of Paterson’s mayor to support the activities of the various communities that have a presence in Paterson with the aim of highlighting their contribution to American society.
It should be noted that in Peru, National Ceviche Day was established by Ministerial Resolution No. 708-2008 of the Ministry of Production, which set the date for its celebration on June 28th.
The aforementioned legal provision was issued on September 18th, 2008, and the following year the festivities began in the name of this great Peruvian dish.
The document states that "it is of national interest to promote and disseminate Peruvian ceviche, both domestically and internationally, as the national dish, stimulating its culinary consumption."
Therefore, Castrillón said that the event scheduled for June 30th in Paterson seeks to give impetus to ceviche at the international level. "There is research that indicates that the ceviche or also known as seviche, originated in Peru. However, similar preparations appear in other Latin American countries of the Pacific Ocean coastlines, such as Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama," said the entrepreneur.
She added that this fair hopes not only to gather 450,000 Peruvians living in New Jersey, but also citizens from throughout the northeastern U.S.; including those from the Tri-State Area, consisting of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
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Total coments: 10
Commented By: NYpoodle
On: June 11, 2012. 2:02 pm
How Dumb is this, Paterson is the worst city to have a Peruvian feast with all the vile citizens that live there. Peru should come to Manhattan, NY, not Jersey.
Commented By: Juanita
On: June 11, 2012. 3:53 pm
I totally agree - who wants to go to Paterson when a more friendly city is available such as the Great Apple - NYC is more accessible to the tri-state area. That way those of us living in CT could also attend. I only set foot in Paterson once many moons ago and hated it...
Commented By: Mary
On: June 11, 2012. 6:29 pm
Why they settled in New Jersey, I'll never know. My dad emigrated to California in 1961 and I'll forever be grateful to him! The West (aka the Best) Coast is a natural fit for sunshine- and Pacific Coast-loving people! End of story.
Commented By: Lazslo
On: June 12, 2012. 8:27 am
It is true that coastal California has those same, beautiful sunsets of Lima during summer (on of the only things you can rescue from its dull weather). Still, home is where the heart (and food, if you're Peruvian) is.
Commented By: Leslie
On: June 12, 2012. 8:28 am
err... it is the Big Apple - NYC...and, really, who cares where the pachanga happens?!
Commented By: Tonio
On: June 12, 2012. 1:56 pm
To all of the uninformed. Paterson is a great city to have Ceviche Day, as there is a huge Peruvian Community there boasting multiple Peruvian restaurants, organizations and which hosts a Peruvian parade every year. Having this event in NYC would would lose its meaning as there are multiple festivals and this would just become one of those faceless events.
Commented By: Carmen1084
On: June 12, 2012. 7:33 pm
Its so sad that people from NYC think that Paterson and Jersey in general is horrible. Yes there are alot of Peruvian businesses here, and maybe when you came you met vile people but there are vile people in NYC too. So give it a rest, Manhattan is not better than Paterson or anywhere else. There is more to us, the Ceviche Day needs to be here in Paterson where a lot of us Peruvian like to go to eat good food.
Commented By: MIRIAN2009
On: June 26, 2012. 8:32 am
Where ever this fest is taken place either paterson or NYC I'm going! because I'm Peruvian, and I will support my FOOD and my people! Can't wait to taste all the different kind of Ceviches! all you haters can stay home and eat some frozen pizza!
Commented By: WorldClassGentleman
On: June 28, 2012. 10:09 am
@MIRIAN2009 LOL love it! hilarious!
Commented By: Poodle eater
On: June 28, 2012. 7:36 pm
Paterson is a great city--subject of William Carlos Williams' famous masterpiece, birthplace of Allen Ginsberg, home to the Great Falls--the largest East Coast waterfall after Niagara and just dedicated as a National Park. You could take the train from Manhattan for about $5 and you're there in about 25 minutes and within walking distance of Ceviche Day. Ignorance is bliss and if that's your state of mind then stay where you are.
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