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76th Grape Harvest Festival of Surco

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Celebrate with Surco its Traditions and Customs

Once again Lima's traditional wine district Surco is celebrating its culture and customs with the Festival Vendimia de Surco 2014.

This year's festival starts already on the 16th of March, the Sunday before the main festivities with the Grand Parade of the Grape Harvest (Gran Corso de la Vendimia) introducing the wine queen candidates to the public; expect colorful decorated floats, traditional Peruvian costumes and folkloric dance performances.

The Grand Parade kicks off at 03.00 pm at the Paseo de la Castellana, block 3, just off Ovalo Higuereta and continues along Av. Benavides to the Parque de la Amistad (Friendship Park). The day ends with a big firework.

The Festival de la Vendimia itself takes place between the 20th and 23rd of March from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm at the Plaza Mayor of Surco. The four day celebrations start with the election of the wine queen on the evening of the 20th. The next days are filled with numerous activities around wine such as the traditional stepping of the grapes, wine tastings, presentations on the traditional way of wine making and an exhibition of established wineries. Traditional Peruvian dance shows and a great music program with concerts of national and international artists complete the spectacle.

Additionally over 50 restaurants and food sellers participate in a gastronomic fair providing sustenance. Visitors can try typical local creole dishes like Desayuno Surcano (Surco breakfast including chicharron, fried camote, tamales), Sopa Seca Surcana (a special chicken soup), Huatía Surcana or Sulcana (a flavorful beef stew traditional to Surco, Anticuchos and Snacks.

Update 17th of March

Yesterday we from LimaEasy had a look at the Gran Corso de la Vendimia. As usual here the parade was a nice mix of folkloric dance and music groups, lovely decorated floats sponsored by local businesses and a little bit of "self-promotion" of the municipality. We made a short video, so have a look for yourself in our Multimedia section under "The Grape Festival of Surco".

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