Numerous cultural and promotional events were featured and very well received by the public at the III edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World (19-25 November 2018) in Lima, thanks to the joint efforts of the Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Peru (“CCIP”), the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) for Foreign Trade and the Antonio Raimondi Educational Association.
The initiatives were coordinated by the Italian Embassy and showcased the Mediterranean Diet and excellent “Made in Italy” products.
On 17 November, the CCIP organised a gala dinner at the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), which provided a wonderful opportunity to promote Italian food and wine culture.
The “Il valore della dieta mediterranea” [value of the Mediterranean diet] event was held at the Country Club Lima Hotel on 20 November. The guests included numerous officials, members of the diplomatic corps, experts in the food and wine industry, importers, journalists and members of the Italian community. For the first part of the event, they attended a conference on the historical-cultural importance of the Mediterranean diet, and then followed it with a tasting of Italian products from the local market. The event acted as an excellent showcase of the benefits to “living (and eating) the Italian way” and also gave visibility to famous Italian food and wine brands. At the end of the evening, participants were given a book called “Italia, patrimonio culinario mediterraneo” [Italy, Mediterranean culinary heritage] by ICE-Agenzia. The book provides more information on the characteristics of some Italian brands and explains the certification system that guarantees the origin and quality of what reaches the table.
On both occasions, Ambassador Giancarlo Maria Curcio pointed out the importance that Italy and Peru place on the culinary arts, emphasising the wealth of knowledge on food and wine and the exceptional quality of Italian products.
On 21 November, the theatrical performance “Vino, vino e baci ancor” [Wine, more wine, kisses] was performed at the Italian Cultural Institute to acquaint the audience with the history and quality of Italian wine. It was held at the Teatro Pirandello and organised in association with the Ponte tra Culture Association, with numerous spectators attending. The show was followed by a tasting prepared by the students of the Giolitti Bellisario Paire di Mondovì Catering Institute.
On Thursday, 22 November, students from the Catering Institute, under the supervision of their teachers, gave a lesson on the Italian model for table service to over 80 students of Cenfotur at the Italian Cultural Institute. Cenfotur is the Peruvian public entity that trains people in the hotel, tourist and restaurant sectors.
There were other events at the two Italian equivalent schools in Peru: one entailed a lesson to the Dante Alighieri Institute students on the book “Fiabe di Riso” [rice tales]; another will be a lunch based on Mediterranean cuisine organised at the Linguistic Centre of the Antonio Raimondi School on 1 December. Once again, the initiative demonstrated how interested Peru is in Italian food and wine production by showing the importance of spreading the typically Italian values of the culture of good food (needed for sustainable consumption), an agreeable diet and a healthy lifestyle.