On the second Sunday in September Peru celebrates the Dia de la Cocina y Gastronomia Peruana (the Day of the Peruvian cuisine and gastronomy) recognizing the importance and value of the diverse local cuisine in the country and abroad.
The Peruvian cuisine is among the most varied and best in the world. It's a reflection of the abundance of natural resources in its three main geographical zones - the coast, the Andean highlands and the jungle - and a fusion of influences and cooking techniques from various indigenous ancient civilizations, different times and numerous immigrant cultures.
For years the Day of the Peruvian cuisine and gastronomy coincided with the Mistura, once the largest and most important food festival in Latin America held in Lima. As visitors could there get a glimpse of the impressive Peruvian biodiversity, discover the large variety and facets of the Peruvian cuisine and enjoy the culinary treasures of the different regions of Peru, it was the ideal place to celebrate. Unfortunately, since 2018 the Mistura seems to be history.
But lots of other smaller food events take place across the country and many restaurants in Lima and other cities offer special (tasting) menus or other goodies on this special day.
Find more information on this special day in our article "Day of the Peruvian Cuisine and Gastronomy".