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From milpa to chakra: Ancestral agricultural systems of Mexico and Ecuador

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Torino, Italy

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September 29th at 19:00 in your time zone


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This will be an exceptional cultural and culinary encounter in which Ecuadorian and Mexican chefs come together to celebrate milpa and chakra, two ancestral agricultural traditions that connect them to their Indigenous American roots.

Milpa and chakra are ancient agricultural systems from Mesoamerica and South America, respectively, that combine the cultivation of corn with other crops such as beans, squash, and amaranth. They are characterized by their high biodiversity and the mutually beneficial relationships between different crop species.

In this Taste Workshop, we’ll explore the gastronomic richness of the milpa through traditional dishes and innovative reinterpretations and discover how this ancient cultivation systems not only nourishes people’s bodies, but shapes their culture and identity, too.

The tasting line-up

  • Sopes (a traditional Mexican dish composed of a fried masa base topped with various ingredients such as beans, meat, cheese, vegetables, and spicy salsas) served with a salad dressed with chili oil and pumpkin seed oil. This dish will be paired with atole tejuino, a popular Mexican beverage.
  • Ceniza tamales (a traditional Mexican dish in which masa is mixed with ash and cooked in a packet of fresh leaves) and minguichi (a typical soup from Michoacán made with milk, green tomatoes, onion, garlic, corn, and poblano peppers) with traditional garnishes including squash.

Presenting these dishes will be Alejandro Espinoza and Esteban Tapia Merino of the Slow Food Cooks’ Alliance in Ecuador, and Nelly Sanchez and Gladys Espinoza of the Slow Food Cooks’ Alliance in Mexico.

This event is on sale on our website until September 24. During Terra Madre, you can check in with Events Reception to find out if there are still tickets available.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is presented by Slow Food, the City of Turin, and the Piedmont Region. We look forward to seeing you at Parco Dora in Turin from Thursday, September 26 – Monday, September 30. Through food, we can rediscover ourselves as part of nature. #TerraMadre2024.

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Piemonte – Torino - Parco Dora, Parco Dora – Cucina dell'Alleanza
Ingresso Corso Mortara - Torino (Italy)
GPS: 45.0901115, 7.672939

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