Insatiable, pulsating Latin beats, sizzling salsa and scrumptious Latin food in a riot of flavours are coming straight to our sunny shores this September. Be transported to Latin America for the week in this lineup of exciting events.
Latinada, Singapore’s first Latin American Food Festival will take place from Sept 8-16, 2019. This dynamic event will see 11 chefs, 12 restaurants and 13 events across a week of festivities that celebrate the culinary and cultural diversity of Latin America.
Chefs from Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Chile will convene in a series of events that will take you on an exciting Latin gastronomic journey. Think hearty Mexican street food and Chilean barbecues, cocktails inspired by the diverse islands of The Central Americas and 4-hands dinners showcasing culinary interpretations of Latin American flavours such as Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine.
The brainchild of Peruvian chef Daniel Chavez, who helms the OLA Kitchen Group, Latinada was borne out of a desire to showcase the cuisine and traditions from notable regions of Latin America.
“I believe now is the time for Latin American cuisine to be exposed in this region. There is a misconception that Latin American cuisine is mainly Mexican and Peruvian, and that is what we hope to change with Latinada. Together with the chefs who have the same desire and with the success of the first Latinada on our backs, I’m confident that Latinada 2019 will be able to further raise the profile of Latin America, by presenting the wonderful flavours of the region and the warmth of Latino hospitality,” says Daniel.
The week-long festival will kick off this Sunday (Sept 8), with “Domingo Tropical!” at Camp Kilo with the Charcoal Club transforming into a bustling mini street food festival. A pleasing host of Latin street favourites like tacos, roasted pork, ceviche and themed cocktails await to satisfy even the most discerning gourmand.
This will be followed by “Tacos, Tacos, Tacos”, on Monday (Sept 9), where varieties of the traditional Mexican dish will be served at OLA Cocina Del Mar. OLA will also play host to “Barra Latina Nikkei” on Sept 12, a Nikkei dinner, with Peruvian-Japanese plates by Chef Edwin Guzman of Aji in Macau.
The party continues at other Kilo concepts later in the festival. Chef Christian Encina of Pica takes over the kitchen and grills at Kilo Kitchen for a traditional Chilean barbeque – the asado – an important part of life at Chile, where family and friends gather to share hearty meals.
A gastronomic journey at “Noche Caribeña” follows on Sept 13, where co-founder of Kilo Kitchen, Josh Adjodha, will present a slew of dishes and cocktails inspired by the diverse islands of The Central Americas. Lastly, join Chef Manel Valero and Daniel on Sept 14 as they team up for a “Latino Tapas Party”, with a curated menu of small plates served communal style, setting the stage for great conversations in a casual dining environment.
Expect the culinary diversity of Latin America to shine through at Asia’s first Peruvian Cevicheria, TONO Cevicheria. “Cuban Night” pays tribute to the tastes of Cuba with traditional dishes like Moros y Cristianos and Lobster Empanadas. You are also invited to savour the flavours of Peru and Mexico at “PeruMexico”, with classics such as Ceviche Norteño and Costilla Cargada Con Esquites.
Lastly, revel in the array of Mexican street food over the weekend at “Mexican Brunch”, with favourites such as Tacos Al Pastor and Tamales De Pollo Con Mole Verde.
This week-long celebration will culminate in a decadent finale on Sept 16 with an opulent 6-hands dinner titled “Our Journey Back Home”, which will take guests on a culinary journey back to the childhood memories of BoCHINche’s Chef Patron Diego Jacquet, Ivan Brehm, Chef-Owner of Nouri and Daniel. The three South American chefs will whip up a five-course menu showcasing signatures from their home countries to close the food festival.
No party is complete without great music. At Kilo Lounge, burn the dance floor at “Rumba Latina!”, where a live band and DJ drum up the atmosphere with the sounds of Latin America – Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Latin Pop. Jive to the beat with a decadent cocktail (or two) in hand and be transported to the heart of Latin America (without having to spend a cent on airfare).
Tickets for the various culinary events can be purchased at www.ola.kitchen/latinada.