Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (2024)

The Mistura Food Festival is not only the largest culinary festival in South America, but it’s also a huge achievement for Lima. Over the past 10-20 years, the city has emerged as the place to go for high quality, inventive fusion food. As far as Lima Peru events, this is one of the most anticipated. The annual 10-day festival is a time when Peru shares its love of food with the world. And for travelers, it is widely recognized as one of the best places to try flavor-infused dishes created by leading Peruvian chefs.

  • History of the Mistura Food Festival
  • Overview
  • What is Mistura?
  • When is the Mistura Food Festival?
  • Highlights
  • Mistura Cuisine
  • Attending the Mistura Food Festival
  • Other Gastronomic Experiences in Lima

History of the Mistura Food Festival

Mistura started in 2008 and was born as a way to celebrate the gastronomic achievements of Peru. This fair has helped put Lima on the map when it comes to world-class, epicurean cuisine. The significance of the word Mistura mixture in Portuguese – dates back to Peru’s Viceroyalty during the 1500s, when it was used to refer to a mixed bouquet of flowers given out during holidays.

In its first year, Mistura Peru drew 30,000 attendees, and in later years drew as many as 600,000 visitors over the course of its 10 days. In more recent years, there has been a bit of reduced attendance, especially when the event moved to Rimac rather than the centrally-located, coastal Costa Verde of Lima in 2017. This event drew approximately 300,000 festival-goers. In 2018, it was slated to move back to the Costa Verde, but its dates were delayed and ultimately it did not take place. In 2019, it was announced that it would take place. The dates were delayed several times, and it was later announced that it would take place in Arequipa or Trujillo rather than Lima. Ultimately, it did not take place in 2019 either, and any potential plans for 2020 were halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (1)

Anticucho Peruvian street food cart at the Mistura Food Festival. Photo by the Mistura Peru Facebook Page.


  • Venue: Costa Verde, Lima
  • Date: Festival typically takes place late August or early September. No 2020 dates in the works due to COVID. 2021 dates TBD.
  • Event Type: Peruvian food festival
  • Serving: Ceviche, anticuchos, causa, rocoto relleno, tamales, soups, sandwiches, Chifa (Peruvian/Chinese fusion), aji de gallina, cuy, chocolate, coffee, picarones and more.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Frequency: Annual
  • Since: 2008

What is Mistura?

The Mistura Food Festival is where acclaimed chefs, humble street cart vendors, established restaurants (and new ones too) all rent space, and serve their Peruvian culinary creations. This impressive showcase of Peruvian cuisine features dishes from the coast, to the mountains to the depths of the Amazon jungle. Attendees can browse the explosion of food offerings, and sample in half (S/.7 or $2 US) or full portions (S/.13 or $5 US). Traditional Peruvian dishes include ceviche, aji de gallina, and cuy (guinea pig) marinated in spices and slowly baked to perfection. Popular fusion options blend native ingredients with international flavors and cooking techniques as well. Daily food-related activities range from panel discussions to culinary competitions, and often there is entertainment and live concerts at night.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (2)

Mistura primarily takes place on Lima’s Costa Verde. Photo by Mistura Peru Facebook.

When is the Mistura Food Festival?

Typically, Mistura takes place late August or early September and lasts 10 days. Though there are no 2020 or 2021 dates at this time, it is likely to restore to these months upon continuation.


Every edition of the festival brings something new to Mistura. Aside from the explosion of national food of Peru on offer, here are some highlights from past events, to give an idea of what to expect:

Annual Theme

The theme changes each year, but some past themes include Peru’s Biodiversity and Nutrition, Regional Cuisine, Healthy Eating, and more. There have also been several guest countries in past years sampling their mouthwatering cuisine alongside the Peruvian selections. These have included Indonesia, Mexico, India, Morocco, and more.

El Gran Mercado

This market is always a highlight of Mistura. It is here that farmers and small producers find their voice, selling a variety of natural products and fresh produce. You’ll find vegetables and fruits from throughout Peru, along with some of the thousands of native potatoes. Well-known chefs also give cooking demonstrations at El Gran Mercado and expert bakers produce all types of bread.

Pisco Tent

Head over to the Pisco Tent, another perennial favorite, for an introduction to Peru’s favorite liqueur distilled from grapes. Watch grape-stomping dance demonstrations or try a handcrafted pisco sour. The pisco sour is flavored with lime juice, simple syrup, and topped with an egg white foam. Vineyards will have stalls where inquisitive drinkers can buy a tasting and browse bottles of pisco available for purchase.

Food Stalls

And of course, perhaps the favorite part for most visitors, are the food stalls. From anticucherias (anticuchos) to huariques (traditional family-run restaurants) to picanterias (traditional Arequipa cuisine) to carretilleros (typical Lima street food carts), there are so many amazing items to try.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (3)

Peruvian ceviche in a must-try at Mistura. Photo by the Mistura Peru Facebook Page.

Mistura Cuisine

If you’re wondering “what do people eat in Peru?” look no further than the Mistura festival to have all your questions answered. A visit to this food celebration is the perfect opportunity to explore all of the different types of food in Peru in one place.


Start your food quest with some of Peru’s most beloved appetizers. Anticuchos, or marinated cow heart kebabs on skewers, is a popular one for meat lovers. Tamales, that savory cornmeal delight wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaves; papa a la huancaina, boiled potatoes smothered in a creamy huancaina (yellow pepper sauce); and causa, a layered potato/tuna casserole are great ones to try.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (4)

Papa a la Huancaina is a popular Peruvian appetizer. Photo by Mistura Peru Facebook Page.


Soups and broths might not sound like the most exciting eats, but that’s because you haven’t tasted a flavorful chupe de camarones or a hearty Inchicapi (Amazonian stew based on chicken and peanuts). In fact, traditional Peruvian cooking probably finds its most comforting form in its delicious caldos, lawas, chupes, sancochados, and sopas.


Now start digging into some entree favorites. Ceviche, the iconic raw fish with lime dish is a must-try as it is the national dish of Peru. This is also a good opportunity to try rocoto relleno, or Peruvian stuffed peppers; Chifa, or Peruvian/Chinese fusion; or, for adventurous diners, cuy, or fried guinea pig. Daily favorites like aji de gallina (shredded chicken in a creamy pepper sauce) and lomo saltado (beef, tomato, red onion and french fries in soy sauce) are also on offer.


Peru’s famous co*cktail, the Pisco Sour will be available alongside chilcanos (pisco, lime, ginger ale) and maybe even a colorful Machu Picchu (pisco with grenadine, orange juice and crème de menthe–named after Peru’s most famous attraction). You will also be able to find chicha morada, a popular non-alcoholic refreshment made with Peruvian purple corn. Warm drinks like coffee and emoliente are also available.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (5)

Emoliente is the perfect warm treat to feel nurtured and replenished. Photo by Renzo Vallejo on Flckr.


Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth. Though Lima and Peru at large is known for its savory creations, there are some Peruvian sweets and desserts that are not to be missed. Try the picarones, Peruvian dripped donuts with a chancaca syrup. Or, sample churros, tejas (chocolate truffles from the Peruvian desert), crema volteada and much more.

Specialty Products

Cacao, chocolate, medicinally-infused liqueurs, and coffee often share a pavilion at the festival. These specialty items are also important traditional foods in Peru. None other than chef Astrid Gutsche (from Lima’s top restaurant Astrid y Gaston) led the effort to call attention to the sheer number of cacao varieties cultivated in 16 different regions of Peru. Attendees have a chance to taste samples and learn more about coffee and cacao production.

Attending the Mistura Food Festival

You can plan to align your Peru travel plans with the Mistura Food Festival. Though no future dates are currently set, once they are you can connect with a travel advisor and plan your trip to Lima to coincide with this famous food festival. The only guideline at Mistura is to show up with an empty stomach. Perusing the festival grounds, you can enjoy enticing flavors while also learning about regional specialties. Nowhere else can you come by so many Peruvian food options in one place.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (6)

Sopa seca is a popular Peruvian comfort food. Photo by Mistura Peru Facebook Page.

Other Gastronomic Experiences in Lima

Since there are no Mistura events currently scheduled (crossing our fingers for new dates soon!), there are plenty of other ways to savor Peruvian cuisine while in Lima.

Culinary Tours

Whether it’s a walking tour of the street carts in the historic center of lima, a stroll to excellent dining establishments in the artsy Barranco district, or a night on the town stopping at the hottest restaurants in Miraflores and San Isidro, there is an option just for you. On these tours you’ll be able to sample anywhere from 13-21 Peruvian classics, including, but not limited to, causa, ceviche, lomo saltado, regional coffee and pisco sour. You’ll also likely sample some native Peruvian fruits, like lucuma, chirimoya and aguaymanto.

Cooking classes

With a cooking class, not only can you indulge in delicious Peruvian cuisine day-of, you can take that knowledge and those recipes home with you to enjoy again and again. Learn to make favorites like ceviche, lomo saltado, papa la la huancaina, pisco sours and much more. You will have guidance from an expert Peruvian chef, and be able to enjoy your meal and try things as you go.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (7)

Lomo saltado preparation at Exquisito’s Peruvian cooking class. Photo by Exquisito Peru.

Top Lima Restaurants

There are so many incredible restaurants in Lima that showcase the amazing diversity of food offered up in Peru. Lima is truly one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. Top restaurants include Central, Maido, Astrid and Gaston and much more. See our Lima Restaurant Guide for a complete listing with cuisine type, locations and hours.

A visit to Lima is the perfect occasion to enjoy the best cuisine in the country. Even if your time in the city doesn’t coincide with Mistura Food Festival, your travel advisor can organize an amazing culinary tour for you. Contact us today to start planning your trip.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (8)

Gina Cronin

Gina loves the hidden turquoise rivers of the Andes, the magical pink dolphins of the Amazon, and the lush ocean-view parks of Lima. She finds Peru to be the most inspiring country in the world, and has been exploring and writing about this sacred place since 2014.

Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event (2024)


Mistura Food Festival: Peru’s Biggest Epicurean Event? ›

Mistura Food Festival: Peru's Biggest Epicurean Event
  • The Mistura Food Festival is not only the largest culinary festival in South America, but it's also a huge achievement for Lima. ...
  • Mistura started in 2008 and was born as a way to celebrate the gastronomic achievements of Peru.
Aug 7, 2017

What is the Mistura food festival? ›

Cuy, or guinea pig, one of the traditional dishes from the Andes. Every September, Peruvian restaurants and famous chefs from around the world gather in Lima for a celebration of Peruvian cuisine. The word mistura means "mixture" in Portuguese.

What kind of festival is Mistura? ›

Mistura Food Festival is a celebration of Peruvian cuisine and agriculture held each September in Lima, Peru. It features a large market, where more than 300 farmers from across the country exhibit and sell their region's products.

How is Mistura celebrated? ›

The festival also features panel discussions, cooking competitions, live music in the evenings, typical Peruvian dance performances, exhibitions, workshops, and much more. The Mistura Festival showcased a wide variety of foods, such as: Peruvian potatoes. donuts.

Where is the biggest food festival? ›

Taste of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

Taste of Chicago is the largest food festival in the world, with over 3 million visitors each year and more than 200 menu items offered.

Where in Peru do guinea pigs eat? ›

Good place to eat guinea pig - Kusikuy
  • South America.
  • Peru.
  • Cusco Region.
  • Cusco.
  • Cusco Restaurants.
  • Kusikuy.

What flag is Peru? ›

vertically striped red-white-red national flag; when displayed by the government, it incorporates the national coat of arms in the centre. The flag has a width-to-length ratio of 2 to 3.

What is Mistura? ›

Misturanoun. a mingled compound in which different ingredients are contained in a liquid state; a mixture. See Mixture, n., 4. Misturanoun. sometimes, a liquid medicine containing very active substances, and which can only be administered by drops.

Why is food festival celebrated? ›

A food festival is a festival, that uses food, often produce, as its central theme. These festivals have always been a means of uniting communities through celebrations of harvests and giving thanks for a plentiful growing season.

What makes a food festival successful? ›

Two most important things to be successful: unwavering faith and extraordinary efforts. Introduction: Food festivals are all about celebrating and enjoying food and drinks, with the current rise in 'foodie culture' these events are gaining popularity.

Why do we celebrate food festivals? ›

Celebration is an ancient ritual. It gives us a way to feel good about ourselves, and our accomplishments. When we celebrate we are reinforcing something important to us. Without it we simply maintain the status quo and candidly have a lot less fun.

Do Peruvians eat cats? ›

Cat is not a regular menu item in Peru, but is used in such dishes as fricassee and stews most abundant in two specific sites in the country: the southern town of Chincha Alta (Ica Region, Afro-Peruvian mostly) and the north-central Andean town of Huari (Ancash Region).

Do they eat rats in Peru? ›

South America

Elsewhere in the world, rat meat is considered diseased and unclean, socially unacceptable, or there are strong religious proscriptions against it. Islam and Kashrut traditions prohibit it, while both the Shipibo people of Peru and Sirionó people of Bolivia have cultural taboos against the eating of rats.

How are guinea pigs killed for food? ›

Carbon dioxide (CO2) stunning is routinely used for dispatching livestock (pigs and poultry) and species in laboratories (rodents and leporids).

How do you say hello in Peru? ›

A simple hola is the standard way of saying hello in Peru.
Saying Hello
  1. ¿Cómo estás? — How are you?
  2. ¿Qué tal? — What's up?
  3. ¿Como va? — How's it going?
Jun 3, 2019

Does Peru have an accent? ›

Perú, like in the wide variety of food that it offers, also has different regional accents. People in the Highland areas, people in the north, people in the south and people from the Jungle each have their own accent.

What language does Peru speak? ›

Around 84% of Peruvians speak Spanish, the official national language. Even so, over 26% of the population speaks a first language other than Spanish. Quechua is the second most commonly spoken language (13%), followed by Aymara (2%), and both have official status.

What's the meaning of Mistura in Islam? ›

Mistura is Arabic/Muslim Girl name and meaning of this name is "Gift of God, Sword of God".

How long does Mistura last? ›

Typically, Mistura takes place late August or early September and lasts 10 days. Though there are no 2020 or 2021 dates at this time, it is likely to restore to these months upon continuation.

Who is Mistura Aderounmu? ›

Mistura Aderounmu popularly known as temini success is one of the leading Islamic singers in Nigeria. She sings well. She is talented and she has been getting better with the passing of each year. Recently Mistura spoke to “Harblextips Team” about her life and success story.

What do you wear to a food festival? ›

Bring plenty. Dress comfortably: A crowded food event is not the place to make a fashion statement. You're hot, stuck in a crowd and eating way too much food. So wear very comfortable shoes and cool, comfortable clothing.

What is World Food Day celebrated? ›

World Food Day is celebrated all over the world on October 16. It is an initiative by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. This global event marks a day calling for worldwide awareness and collective action to combat the issue of hunger and ensure healthy diets for all.

How long do food festivals last? ›

Every summer we take over our sun-drenched spot at Regent's Park for five days dedicated to devouring the best food and drinks in the city. 36 restaurants, 50 chefs, 150 artisan producers, and eight long sessions of deliciousness.

How do you attract people to food festivals? ›

9 Fresh Ways to Promote Your Food & Drink Festival
  1. Sell in advance. ...
  2. Be social. ...
  3. Use strong imagery. ...
  4. Encourage (or incentivise) your vendors to promote the event. ...
  5. Offer group tickets at competitive price. ...
  6. Satisfy fans with behind the scenes access and in-depth content. ...
  7. Find a PR-worthy angle. ...
  8. Create partnerships.
Sep 23, 2019

How do you market a food event? ›

How to promote an event
  1. Your event website. If you hear of an event that you want to attend, what's the first thing you do? ...
  2. Event registration. ...
  3. Social media event marketing. ...
  4. Paid advertising. ...
  5. Event email marketing. ...
  6. Influencer marketing. ...
  7. Contests and giveaways. ...
  8. Free publicity.
May 23, 2018

How do you start a successful food festival? ›

11 Steps for Organizing a Food Fest in Your Community
  1. Understand your audience. ...
  2. Settle on a food theme. ...
  3. Get support from sponsorships. ...
  4. Create a budget for your festival. ...
  5. Secure a the right date and time. ...
  6. Create a festival timeline. ...
  7. Secure permits for your event. ...
  8. Get restaurants involved (vendor sign ups)
Jul 6, 2021

Why is it important to celebrate events? ›

It's important that you celebrate all of your milestones and major accomplishments, though. Celebrating gives us a sense of achievement, and it's a great way of rewarding ourselves for a job well done.

What occasion or event do we usually celebrate? ›

There are many occasions to celebrate, but the most common ones are birthdays, weddings and funerals. The main reason why we celebrate these occasions is that they make us feel emotions that give our lives value.

What is the reason to celebrate? ›

We celebrate because it builds a sense of community.

There are even special universal events such as Christmas Day or New Year festivities. These events help us bring people together on a day and night of fun, of human unity, and love. It helps us feel that we are never alone as inhabitants of this planet we call home.

Is Taste of Chicago free? ›

Free admission • Grant Park and citywide

Taste of Chicago has been a summer staple for more than 40 years.

Which festivals in Pakistan have traditional food? ›

Eid-ul-Fitar: The Festival of Food.

Why is Pizzafest celebrated? ›

Way back in 1889, Queen Margaret of Savoy expressed her interest in the cuisine at Naples. She wanted the pizza to be the food of the common people. The first pizza celebration occurred in 1984. But it achieved its grandeur only in 1995 and attained its name “Pizzafest”.

When did World Food Day start? ›

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. World Food Day was first held on 16 Oct 1981.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: The Hon. Margery Christiansen

Last Updated:

Views: 6776

Rating: 5 / 5 (70 voted)

Reviews: 93% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: The Hon. Margery Christiansen

Birthday: 2000-07-07

Address: 5050 Breitenberg Knoll, New Robert, MI 45409

Phone: +2556892639372

Job: Investor Mining Engineer

Hobby: Sketching, Cosplaying, Glassblowing, Genealogy, Crocheting, Archery, Skateboarding

Introduction: My name is The Hon. Margery Christiansen, I am a bright, adorable, precious, inexpensive, gorgeous, comfortable, happy person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.