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SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival coming to Cradle of Aviation in Garden City

The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City

The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City hosts the Sumaq Peruvian Food Festival, featuring a cuisine that blends ancient Incan cooking traditions with immigrant traditions from Spain, Africa, China and Japan. Save room for picarones, a dessert made from squash and sweet potato and covered with syrup, along with other specialties. The festival also features cooking demonstrations and live music, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25. This year's International Chef of the Year, Masterchef Mercedes Salazar Luna, presents a three-course VIP menu, "It Tastes like Peru!" consisting of seven regional dishes and traditional drinks, including pisco sour, $120.
INFO 516-572-4111,  cradleofaviation.org
ADMISSION $15, $7 ages 2-12   Credit: Steven Sunshine

Get ready for a flight to one of the world’s greatest culinary destinations. This weekend, the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City is hosting the eighth annual SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival.

On Saturday and Sunday, dozens of restaurants and purveyors will gather to showcase Peru’s cuisine, a blend of Native American, African, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese influences. It was the Inca, native to Peru, who first cultivated corn and potatoes, along with many chili peppers and legumes (such as lima beans, named for the capital city).

Local restaurants, including The Inkan Restaurant & Pisco Bar in Garden City Park, will be participating, but the real draw is the restaurants from Peru. SUMAQ (which means “delicious” in the indigenous language of Quechua) is an American adaptation of Mistura, an annual 10-day food festival in Lima that is South America’s largest. More than a dozen of Mistura’s vendors will travel to Long Island to offer such specialties as papa a la Huancaina (potatoes napped with an ajillo pepper sauce, $10), fish ceviche ($12), picarones (squash-sweet-potato doughnuts, $6), jalea de pescado (mixed seafood fry, $10), empanadas ($5) and even cuy crocante (fried guinea pig, served with quinoa risotto, $15).

There will be live cooking demonstrations from 2:30 to 6 p.m. (on both days) as well as musical performances, folk dancing, craft vendors and raffles.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($12 for children 2 to 12). Holders of VIP tickets ($90) will have the chance to sample six dishes from SUMAQ chef of the year, Diego Sanchez. Click here to buy tickets or to see Long Island locations where they are being sold.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City. For more information on SUMAQ call 516-422-2718 or go to sumaqpff.com.

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