As a district with a few vineyards of its own, Santiago de Surco in Lima celebrates the Grape Harvest Festival (Festival de la Vendimia). The main festival takes place in Ica, south of Lima, a place renowned for its vineyards and pisco. However, we have our own festival here in Surco with food, live music and even a queen of the Vendimia!
A parade took place last weekend on Avenida Benavides to kick off the festivities and this weekend sees the Plaza de Armas in Old Surco filled with food stalls and entertainment, and to showcase the stars of the show, there are various brands of wine and pisco to be found in all corners of the plaza.The festival runs from the 20-23 March so you still have a chance to check it out!
The food here is from restaurants located in Surco so the festivities are as much about promoting this district, as it is about celebrating the harvest. There are all kinds of offerings here from Amazonian cuisine to ceviche, so I will share a few of my recommendations after tasting my way around the festival this week!
TO START // Pan de Chorizo from Del Arquez. Amazing artisanal chorizo, packed with flavour and softer than some of the chorizo you can find in Peru. Served in a soft bun for S/6 I believe. It may be a little more expensive than chori-pan (chorizo+bread) elsewhere, but it’s a million times better.
MAIN DISH // The triple plate from Calamarcos, containing ceviche, chicharron de calamar (fried calamari) and arroz con mariscos (rice with seafood), served with canchas (fried corn) and sweet potato. I highly recommend this stall and I am dying to visit the restaurant! The calamari was some of the best I have tasted (perfectly cooked and amazing batter), the ceviche was amazing too.
DESSERT // A slice of pie de limón (lemon meringue pie) from Delicias y Gustitos. The whole pie was rustic looking, so clearly homemade, and it was covered in a very light (as in, I-could-have-eaten-more-than-one-slice-and-not-felt-bad-about-it) meringue (but plenty of it!)
Torta de Higo (fig cake) from the Adulto Mayor stand. Moist, sweet and really tasty! A slice will set you back S/3.50.
TO DRINK // Taste the Pisco from El Guayabo in a chilcano (S/6). This vineyard is only a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas and they make an excellent Pisco. They also sell it by the bottle too and I may or may not have bought one…
EXTRAS // Try the platano asado (grilled plantain) from Las Brisas Ucayali. Only S/3 for some sweet, grilled goodness!
So head down, support Surco, eat a lot, and drink some Pisco in celebration of La Vendimia!!
PS sorry for lack of photos but my computer is not happy, so I can’t upload.