Taste the Great Mexican Food Journey in Foxton

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The De la Milpa a la Mesa: A Mexican Food Journey exhibit will bring a taste of Latin America to Horowhenua this holiday season.

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The De la Milpa a la Mesa: A Mexican Food Journey exhibit will bring a taste of Latin America to Horowhenua this holiday season.

After attracting curious crowds in Wellington and Christchurch, the very famous colors and flavors of Mexico are now coming to Foxton.

The exhibition De la Milpa a la Mesa: A Mexican Food Journey will bring a taste of Latin America to Horowhenua during the holiday season.

State-of-the-art facilities and interactive gadgets, all about the country’s agricultural and culinary heritage, will be on display at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom from November 25 to the end of January.

Arjan van der Boon, Marketing Director of Te Awahou Riverside Culture Park, said they wanted to do something different and exciting this holiday season.

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“With kids looking for something to do, parents can take them to our art gallery. They can play and learn all sorts of interesting things about a country with delicious cuisine. Most people are already familiar with tacos or guacamole.

“Now you can discover how to prepare Mexican dishes and learn about the fascinating and diverse culinary history that Mexico has to offer.”

De la Milpa a la Mesa celebrates the richness of Mexican cuisine, from farms and markets to restaurants and home cooking.

Farmers, scientists, vendors and cooks from across Mexico share their unique perspectives on agriculture, climate change, food sovereignty and how their diverse communities deal with global concerns in their daily lives, concerns similar to those encountered in New Zealand.

“The big thing at Foxton is always how the community comes together behind these kinds of initiatives,” Arjan said.

“And this time, the cafes in our cultural park will serve Mexican dishes, while De Molen will grind corn flour in the windmill. Whānau can experiment with making their own tasty tortillas at home.

A program of events and a set of learning resources accompany De la Milpa a la Mesa, which will be shared with schools in Horowhenua, Manawatū, Whanganui and Kāpiti.

The exhibit was developed by Victoria University of Wellington and the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia de Mexico.

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