Celebrating Peru’s Independence Day, Pt 1: Traditional Anticuchos

Travelers to Peru will find one of the country’s most popular street foods all throughout the country, sold from street food stalls- anticuchos. The name comes from “cut stew meat” in Quechua. You can find chicken, beef, sausage, and intestine, but the most traditional (and delicious!) are made of beef heart. Whatever the type, the meat is marinated, skewered, and grilled before being served with a grilled potato on top of the skewer and, if you wish, a dollop of a thick parsely and green chili sauce.

The dish dates back to the Inca empire, when it was prepared with llama, but during the 16th century the Spanish conquistadores added their own touch by introducing new ingredients not previously available such as beef and garlic. The Afro-Peruvian population brought during the colony perfected the dish, and as the organ meats were generally considered food for slaves, beef heart anticuchos became the standard. After this varied fusion, anticuchos have emerged a truly pan-Peruvian treat.

They are often consumed during the Señor de los Milagros procession, the largest religious festival which rose out of the freed-slave towns, and during Peru’s Independence Days in July. In fact, during this time, known as Fiestas Patrias, the most anticuchos are consumed.

This Saturday, July 28th, we’ll be getting into the spirit of Fiestas Patrias at Pirwa Colonial Backpackers by grilling traditional anticuchos in the patio for sale and serving up in the bar. Our guests in our 4 different Cusco hostels and all of our friends in Cusco- along with all of your friends!- are invited to join us.

7:00pm Grilling up Anticuchos to serve in the bar, where the DJ will take charge of the  playlist till the end of the night
7:30 Dance performance showcasing the Afro-Peruvian Festejo
8:00-10:00 Double-Down Happy Hour with 2×1 deals
8:30 Dance performance showcasing a traditional Andean dance
10:00 “Hora Loca”- fun, dancing and games with the dancers
10:30 There’ll be some free shots and fun to keep spirits up, and the DJ will stay on till the morning hours

In honor of the holiday, savor some traditional Peruvian culture- Don’t miss sampling some anticuchos with us this Saturday, July 28th!

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One Response to Celebrating Peru’s Independence Day, Pt 1: Traditional Anticuchos

  1. Jessie says:

    And I was just wodenring about that too!

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