Did you know that there are food and drink museums in Latin America and the Caribbean? Here we present you some of them
In October 2018, a museum where art and gastronomy coexist will open in New York City, a museum dedicated to food. This museum seeks to pay tribute to one of the favorite dishes of many: pizza. Although its location is unknown at the moment, if you go to New York and you are a fan of this "delicious epiphany of cheese, pasta, and sauce", as it is described by the official website of The Museum of Pizza (MoPi), you can not miss the opportunity to visit this place.
However, although people with tickets will receive a slice of pizza, this is not a museum to eat. "To be clear, this is a museum dedicated to art, culture, and fun," says Eventbrite, ticket sales, and event promotion services page.
It should be noted that this is not the only food museum that exists in New York. The Museum of Ice Cream, The Egg House, and the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) are some examples that you will find if you travel to "The City that Never Sleeps".
However, did you know that in Latin America and the Caribbean there are also museums dedicated to both food and drink? Here we present you some Latin American museums that you can not miss if you are a gastronomy lover.
The Museum of Coffee, Brazil
The Museum of Coffee, located in the city of Sao Paulo, is a place that seeks to "preserve and disseminate the history of coffee in Brazil and the world, through its exhibitions and cultural activities", as explained on the page of the museum. However, here you will not only find exhibitions and educational spaces where you can learn about the history of this popular drink, as you will also have the opportunity to do different activities offered by the museum. For example, this place offers a barista course that you can not miss.
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The Museum of Tequila and Mezcal, Mexico
In Mexico City is the Museum of Tequila and Mezcal (MUTEM) Garibaldi, a place that pays tribute to these two traditional drinks of the country. Here you can enjoy different exhibitions that have as protagonist tequila and mezcal and musical gatherings with which the dissemination of mariachi is sought. Also, in this place, you can enjoy the different events that are offered, such as tastings and guided tastings.
According to the page of the museum, among the main objectives of this one is "the diffusion and promotion of the heritage and cultural identity of Mexico and the attraction of new national and foreign visitors and tourists". So if you're an enthusiast of Mexican culture, this is one of the many food and beverage museums in the country that you have to visit.
The Museum of Chicha, Colombia
One of the places you have to know if you travel to Bogotá is the Chorro de Quevedo. In this square located in the tourist center of the capital of Colombia, there is a museum unknown by many, which was created as a tribute to an ancestral drink of the Colombian Andes: chicha. This is a space with which its founder, Alfredo Ortiz, wants to recover the "ancestral roots" of this region, according to Time.
In this place you will not only know the history of this millenary brew, you will also learn about the peoples that inhabited the territory, according to the Civic portal. In addition, here you can try chicha and other traditional Colombian drinks, such as zhuke, chirrinchi, and guarapo.
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The Museum of Chocolate, Cuba
If you travel to the capital of Cuba and walk through the streets of Old Havana you will find a food museum that you have to enter. This is The Museum of Chocolat, a place where you can learn about the history of the cultivation, production, and marketing of cocoa from this Caribbean country, as EcuRed explains. However, this is not the main attraction of the museum. According to La Habana website, here you can also observe the process of making chocolate and enjoy a nice hot or cold cup of this delicacy while you relax.
The Museum of Wine, Argentina
In Maipú, the first wine region of Argentina according to the Chamber of Tourism of the Province of Mendoza is one of the most important wine museums in America: the Wine Museum of La Rural Winery. This place has a collection of more than 4,500 pieces used for the production of this alcoholic beverage, which "testify to the productive cycle of national winemaking, through the decades", as explained on the page of La Rural Winery. As in the previous drink museums, in this place, you can also taste different wines and enjoy the art exhibitions organized here.
LatinAmerican Post | Diana Rojas
Translated from "Estos son los cinco museos de comida y bebida latinoamericanos que tienes que conocer"