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Avocados from Peru to star at Embassy of Peru celebration

Avocados from Peru and the Embassy of Peru will celebrate Peruvian culture at "Kaypi Perú” (“This is Peru” in Quechua), a festival celebrating the country’s culture and national day. AFP will be providing perfectly ripe avocados that will be used to create unique dishes including bison sliders with avocado and avocado gelato.afp

Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone, Avocados from Peru brand ambassadors, will showcase their favorite recipe for avocado causa, an iconic Peruvian dish with savory layers of potato and avocado prepared specially for the festival. Known as “The Peruvian Brothers," the Lanzones were both born in La Punta, Peru, and have been AFP ambassadors for five years. They share their heritage by creating delicious Peruvian fare from three food trucks in Washington, DC, that have been voted best in the city on multiple occasions and voted best Peruvian food truck in the United States by the Peruvian American Chefs Association.

Avocados are woven into the thread of Peruvian history and cuisine and are becoming an essential staple of the American diet. Kaypi Perú will highlight the versatility of this delicious superfruit and the innovative dishes that can be created from it.

“Avocados have been a cornerstone of Peruvian culture for over 10,000 years, so it is natural for AFP to support an event like Kaypi Perú that promotes the traditions and heritage of a diverse and ancient culture,” said Xavier Equihua, president and chief executive officer of the Peruvian Avocado Commission. “This unique celebration provides an ideal opportunity to showcase the numerous applications and health benefits of Peruvian avocados to a broad audience.”

The National Museum of the American Indian will host Kaypi Perú, an event that is free and open to the public from July 26 through July 28. The museum’s dedication to native cultures and its many programs demonstrating their richness, depth and diversity will enrich and enhance the festival.

The Embassy of Peru is hosting this event in conjunction with its celebration of Peru’s National Day. The Embassy supports and coordinates cultural activities from Peruvian artists who come to Washington, DC, for presentations and exhibitions in all artistic fields to inform American citizens on Peruvian culture.

 The Kaypi Perú Event on July 25 will include unique avocado-based dishes and desserts in artistic arrangements; and an open market where guests can select their choice of avocados and place them in a custom complimentary canvas AFP bags.

Kaypi Peru will include a handicraft market, music and dance performances, hands-on activities for children, a gastronomic experience and films highlighting Andean culture.