Get ready to get your pisco cocktails on.
Peru is popping up at New York’s Chelsea Market this week. In anticipation of the Peru Showroom that will open permanently at the market in 2017, the Peru Show will showcase the country’s famous alpaca wool, music, cuisine, and more from today through Sunday, August 2.
In addition to providing a peek at the forthcoming Peru Showroom, the ultimate mission of the Peru Show is to highlight and sell the Andean country’s top literal and cultural exports. The Peruvian Business Council, which is hosting this week’s show with support from the Consulate General of Peru and the Trade Commission of Peru, has brought in Peruvian artisans to sell silver, clothing, jewelry, wool, and other wares. (All available for retail and wholesale purchases.) Musicians will also be on hand to showcase the country’s musical traditions.
But most prominently featured in this week’s slate of events is Peru’s cuisine, which has made a rapid ascent in recent years when it comes to international recognition. (In 2011, the Wall Street Journal declared Peruvian cuisine “the next big thing,” while earlier this year NPR explained that the Peruvian government is fueling that trend with culinary diplomacy.) Chef Emmanuel Piqueras, host of a cooking show on Direct TV’s Sur Peru channel, has created a prix fixe menu that will be offered all week long. For $30, diners will get a main dish, dessert, and drink—or can stick with a main dish and choose either dessert or a drink for $20. Dishes include a variety of ceviches, fish escabèche, a braised beef stew served with yuca, and more. Naturally, there will also be plenty of pisco cocktails.
The Peru Show will close out its last three evenings—Thursday through Saturday nights—with a peña criolla, a traditional Peruvian party with music, a pisco bar, food, and a tasting of the country’s Cusquena beer. Tickets for the peña criolla are $45, and it runs from 7 to 10 p.m. all three evenings. The Peru Show itself is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily, with free admission.