Fiesta de la Vendimia de Surco
Fiesta de la Vendimia de Surco, Peru © Thamizhpparithi Maari
Peruvians celebrate their grape harvest in fine style at the annual wine festival in Santiago de Surco, south of Lima, and travellers in the capital city are rewarded richly by making the short trek to enjoy the event, particularly if they are keen to sample the fruits of the harvest. Among the local vineyards the craft of winemaking is still practiced proudly in the old way, from treading grapes by foot, through fermentation and aging processes, and the locals are enthusiastic about demonstrating the process to foreigners. Of course, there are also opportunities to sample the local wines! The festival also provides a stage for local performers, a Queen of the Harvest is chosen, and there are various processions, competitions and parties where visitors are avidly taught to dance the Afro-Peruvian festejo. Make sure to sample the delicious local sweets, called tejas, made of pecans and candied fruits filled with caramel; and pisco, the aromatic grape brandy unique to the region. The Fiesta de la Vendimia de Surco is a fun event and a great way to learn about the local winemaking industry; apart from being an interesting cultural experience the festival is a big party and all are welcome.
Venue: Santiago de Surco
Date: March 2016 TBA