Short of spending a few months travelling around South America, there is no easier way to explore all those diverse countries, meet the people and sample their terrific local cuisine.
Londoners have a great chance to sample a vast variety of South American food at Comida Fest, the Latin American Street Food festival in the South Bank, 18 & 19 June. The three lovely ladies, Gizane, Simone and Alicia, who organised this event have carefully curated the list of food vendors, stalls, music, dancing and activities to showcase all that is hot and happening in South American culture in London.
Discovering South American Food
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, we spent a lovely long lunch sampling the food, meeting the vendors, learning lots about the unique food and drink that we don’t often see. Discovering that Colombian pastels are not the same as Brazilian Pastels, tasting a Pisco made by a 100 year old grandmother (the only female Pisco blender) in Peru (Machhu Pisco), quinoa burgers, Colombian Arepas that are not the same as Venezuelan arepas, churros filled with doce de leite (Brazilian for dulce de leche) are the best thing ever. (Tip: Don’t have breakfast and get your dancing shoes on)
Here is a selection of the delicious food on offer you go down to the next Comida Fest.
Lots of steak!
At the main stage, Zumba classes attracted lots of keen participants. There are lots of fun activities for kids too. If you missed this festival and want to sample the food, you can find these stalls at street food markets across London.
Don’t miss the next Comida Fest in June. It’s so much fun.
June 18 & 19
Riverside Walkway, South Bank. (Just in front of the ITV Studios).