04 de September 2014
Bogota, on Latin America’s Culinary Map
- Bogota is currently one of the most exciting culinary destinations in Latin America, thanks to a rich gastronomical offering.
- In August, the city lives and breaths gastronomy during two large festivals: Alimentarte and the Bogotá Wine and Food Festival, which host forums, samplings, wine tastings, talks and events.
- Bogota stands out for having activities at the forefront of culture and gastronomy, programs to encourage the use of bikes, and natural spaces which enrich the quality of life of citizens.
The gastronomic boom being experienced by the city arrives to its peak during the month of August, when Bogotá brings together local and international chefs and the public of Bogota in two large festivals to discuss and savor food: Alimentarte and the Bogota Wine and Food Festival. In the final two weeks of August, Bogota's agenda is filled with forums, samplings, wine tastings, talks and events which are held in the six gastronomic areas distributed throughout the city's different neighborhoods.
Alimentarte has been held for 12 years in one of the city's most emblematic parks, El Virrey. It highlights Bogotá's multicultural gastronomical offering with the presence of 150 different restaurants, practical workshops, an international academic forum aimed at sector entrepreneurs, investors, experts and students, and the opportunity to taste the menus of 16 internationally recognized chefs, including stars such as Gastón Acurio (Peru), Fernando Trocca (Argentina), Koldo Miranda (España) Daniel Ovadía (Mexico), Carlos García (Venezuela), Carmine Esposito (Hong Kong), and many others.
In order to complete the gastronomic panorama, the Wine and Food Festival offers talks with experts, an urban gastronomy fair, mixology workshops, tastings and gastronomic tours with a focus on artisanal and local flavors and textures. Chefs from France, Peru, Australia, United States, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia participate in the events, among whom Rodrigo Oliveira, Rafael Osterling and Jair Téllez stand out, among others.
Juan Gabriel Pérez, Executive Director of Invest in Bogota, the city’s investment promotion states that "Bogota is a prosperous, multicultural and creative city that has positioned itself not just as a hub for businesses in Latin America, but also as an excellent city to live in. Bogota stands out for having activities at the forefront of culture and gastronomy, programs to encourage the use of bikes, and natural spaces which enrich the quality of life of citizens."