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Bolivian food fair showcases indigenous culinary delights

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 01:11

Oct. 17 - Bolivians come together for their biggest and brightest food fair as the South American nation looks to unite its rich culinary diversity and pride in its traditional cuisine. Tara Cleary reports.

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Bolivia's food scene is heating up. The country's largest gastronomy fair in La Paz brought together rich and diverse cuisines, from artesian ice cream made from Amazonian fruits to lizard meat. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified fair participant, saying (Spanish): "It's meat with no cholesterol. It's a meat that no other exhibitor has, it's lizard meat but it's acquired legally." Food critic Ignacio Medina says Latin American countries have regained pride in their food culture. SOUNDBITE: Ignacio Medina, food critic, saying (Spanish): "We have 2,800 varieties of potato, 300 varieties of corn, hundreds of varieties of quinoa, treasures nobody has. Somehow we have to offer the world a different food, very healthy, with centuries of identity, recovering our pride." Most of the products offered are traditionally grown and only found in the Andes. The festival runs until October the 20th and organizers expect more than 80,000 visitors.

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Bolivian food fair showcases indigenous culinary delights

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 01:11