Weavers and farmers from Colchane were the protagonists of “Sabores del Norte”, an event held by the regional office of ProChile Tarapacá to promote the exportable offer of the area, within the framework of this world rally competition.
Live the Aymara culture through its food, music and textures. That was the experience that the participants of the Dakar rally could enjoy this Sunday who attended the gastronomic meeting “Sabores del Norte” held at the Terrado Suite Hotel in Iquique, organized by the regional office of ProChile Tarapacá and with the contribution of the Regional Unit of International Affairs (URAI) of the Regional Government.
Live the Aymara culture through its food, music and textures. That was the experience that the participants of the Dakar rally could enjoy this Sunday who attended the gastronomic meeting “Sabores del Norte” held at the Hotel Terrado Suite in Iquique, organized by the regional office of ProChile Tarapacá and with the contribution of the Regional Unit of International Affairs (URAI) of the Regional Government.
The mayor Mitchel Cartes and the regional director of ProChile, Sharif Chacoff, welcomed organizers, athletes and the press that covers this sporting event that has been held in Chile since 2009, and which is followed by an audience of more than 190 countries.
The activity began with a pawa, a traditional Aymara ceremony to thank and bless Mother Earth, and continued with a tasting of fresh fruit juices and dishes made from quinoa, olives, highland herbs and seafood characteristic of the region.
The culture of the altiplano people was also present throughout the event, through farmers who explained the “beneficiation of quinoa” – a process that makes it ready for consumption – and weavers from Colchane, who showed live the different Aymara techniques for make your textiles.
The sample also included a wine tasting from the central area of the country, so that the rally participants could discover the different beverages produced in Chile, which have made it the fourth world exporter of this drink, behind France, Italy and Spain. This is how they were able to taste wines from the Gillmore, Balduzzi, Requingua, Terrapura, Villaseñor, Hugo Casanova, Cooperativa Loncomilla, Cremaschi and Cooperativa Cauquenes from the Maule Region, and from the Curauma Wines, Loma Larga and William Cole vineyards of the Region. from Valparaíso.
“We wanted to take advantage of the great showcase that the Dakar offers to make the products of our region internationally known, generated mainly by small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, and also highlight the culture of the Aymara people, whose flavors, textures and colors give life to sustainable tourism that we hope will continue to increase, ”explained ProChile’s regional director, Sharif Chacoff.
For his part, the mayor Mitchel Cartes highlighted the importance of this activity that sought to “publicize the Tarapacá Region in a different way before the national and foreign press present at the Dakar”, which was able to appreciate the cultural, gastronomic, and heritage wealth and history of the region.
“Sabores del Norte” thus became the first activity carried out by the regional office of ProChile in 2015 to promote culture, tourism and agri-food production of local SMEs, whose internationalization will be one of the main objectives of the institution in this period, according to what is established by the Government.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Regional Unit for International Affairs (URAI) of the GORE, Maricel Quintana, reaffirmed the importance of the development of the event being in contact with the most precious of the Aymara world, thus advancing the fulfillment of the objectives of the Government that is related to strengthening cultural ties contributing to the integration of the nation.