Products gourmetwines, beverages and handicrafts from rural entrepreneurs from all over Chile can be found at the Rural World Expo 2022 “From the Field to your Table” between the 22nd and 25th of this month at the Estación Mapocho Cultural Center in Santiago.
Some prominent exhibitors at the fair organized by the Institute of Rural Development (Indap) are:
Putre oregano: Cultivated at over 3,000 meters above sea level, in exceptional soil, water and climate conditions, oregano from the foothills of Putre, in the Arica and Parinacota region, differs from other varieties due to its taste, texture and aroma .
It was introduced by the first Spanish settlers and today it is cultivated in terraces and with agroecological management by Aymara farmers. With Seal of Origin from 2016 it will be present through the Oro Verde Cooperative and the Adelaida Marca production company.
Andean Quinoa: Married and mother of four, Johana Mamani produces quinoa in Escapiña, Colchane community, Tarapacá region. The wheat is processed at Alto Hospicio and sold at Indap’s Farmers Markets and at home. Branded Mac’am (“come”, in Aymara), its offering includes quinoa for greasing, casseroles, toasted flour, semolina and coffee.
“Quinoa is part of our cultural heritage,” says Johanna, who shares her recipes for making this ancestral grain on social media.
Goat Burger: With a new offering of shredded, minced goat meat and in hamburgers, the Catahueche agricultural company, formalized in 2021 and composed of 668 goat producers from the agricultural community of Canela Baja, in the Coquimbo region, arrives in Santiago for the first time.
This is the first goat meat processing plant in the country.
Choapa wines: Photographer Alejandra Molina was born in Valparaíso and her work led her to visit Salamanca, in the Coquimbo region, where she settled a decade ago on a 2-hectare property. In 2015, together with his mother and other women in his family, he started producing two varieties of wine, a sweet one with Pedro Jiménez grapes and a red Syrah, which in 2020 and 2021 won him gold medals at the Catad’Or Wine. Awards..
Wayra Vientos del Choapa produces 3,000 bottles a year and its next plans are to venture into the Garnacha and Malbec varieties.
Rapa Nui Honey: Diana Edmunds and her husband René Ocampo, beekeepers from Rapa Nui, have the family project Meri Heretea, dedicated to the study, production and dissemination of a unique honey and one of the healthiest in the world (according to studies, the bees of this island territory are free from the main diseases that affect them).
Its honey has aromas of tropical fruits such as mango, guava and pineapple and is more moist than the common ones, due to the higher moisture of the nectar.
National Peanut: Felicita Moreno lives in La Orilla de Auquinco, Chépica, O’Higgins region, and has been producing peanuts for more than two decades on a 6-hectare plot. She is in charge of the harvest and processes the fruit under the Vicar brand (from her daughters Viviana and Carla) in various forms: naturally, in savory and sweet flavors, as well as butter.
“I was just a country woman, but thanks to Indap I am now an entrepreneur,” she says. She sells her products in stores in her area and in the Rural World stores in Santiago.
Real Mapuche merken: “Merkén has been in Mapuche culture for many years and has always been a condiment gourmetas its preparation was slow and it was not served to anyone, it was only for people who wanted to have fun,” says Ginette Rivera Tralma, an entrepreneur from Cholchol, in the Araucanía region, who maintains the family recipe and also produces other seasonings, dehydrated , such as herbs for seasoning meat and fish, lemon balm, garlic-paprika and chamomile.
Taste of sea and land: Luche and cochayuyo vinaigrette, leafy sea lettuce and cochayuyo-strawberry and cochayuyo-raspberry jams are part of the offering brought by the Cooperativa Pesquera Flor del Mar, made up of 9 women and 2 men from the La Pampina sector of Los Muermos, Los Lagos Region, who decided to innovate with processes that mix small fruit trees and vegetables with local seaweed.
Essences: Cecilia Levinyanko
Calafat and mushrooms: The Intense Patagonia Productive Committee consists of 16 non-timber forest product collectors from Cochrane, Aysén region. Trained by the Institute of Forestry (Infor) and hand in hand with Indap, today they seek to make their products available in new markets. They bring juice, liqueur and caulking concentrate and dehydrated pine and morel mushrooms to the fair.
The Rural World Expo will also feature major artists such as Gepe, who will perform on Friday 23rd at 6:00pm, and Singing I Learn to Talk, which will be on Sunday 25th at 12:00pm .
The ticket has a value of $2,000 and can be purchased through the Puntoticket system or at ticket offices.