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National Day of the Potato in Peru

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Peru celebrates the Potato on May 30

On the 30th of May Peru pays homage to the potato. Originating and consumed for thousands of years in the Andean highlands, the potato became one of the most important food crops in the world after the Spaniards conquered the Americas nearly 500 years ago and brought it back with them to Europe.

The National Potato Day with numerous activities and celebrations is intended to promote the immense diversity of the potato, increase its consumption and at the same time offer small producers, which primarily grow the tuber in Peru a platform to introduce the wide variety and usage of the potato to consumers.

National Potato Day - Dia Nacional de la Papa 2013Peruvian PotatoesPeruvian native potato chipsPeruvian potato breadPotato Bouquet

The official festivities are on May 30 from 09.00 am to 11.30 am at Lima's Plaza de Armas with a central ceremony, an exhibition of a great variety of native potatoes, a parade and typical Peruvian dances.

IV Festival of the Native Potato - IV Festival de la Papa Nativa 2013

More interesting is surely the IV Festival of the Native Potato celebrated from May 30 to June 2nd (09.00 am to 06.00 pm) at the Parque de la Exposicion in Lima. The festival brings together potato growers from the Andean highlands, restaurants including well knows chefs, culinary schools and shops all contributing to spread and promote the Peruvian culinary heritage. The four days gastronomic festival includes a native potato market, a potato-based food and beverage contests, lots of great Peruvian dishes made with the famous tuber, a Pisco area and a small artisan market.

Throughout this week numerous restaurants around Lima offer special menus and drinks using the great variety of native Peruvian potatoes and spreading the diversity of the tuber throughout the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America.

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