Again, via Facebook at work (I am so glad that social media is part of my job description!), I discovered that the Third Cuy Festival will be happening in Lima on December 18th! Now, when I read the title, all I read was “This coming 18th of December, Lima will have the Third Guinea Pig Festival…”; that was more than enough to get me hooked, and I clicked the link. To my surprise (although I am not sure why I still get surprised), the link took me to a page called “Peru, passion for food”. I was confused. I thought this was going to be something cute, not murderous! I should have finished reading the title, “…where more than 20 different dishes will presented using guinea pig meat.” For those unaware, guinea pig is a common dish in Peru, primarily in the Andes. Read my previous post if you would like to know more about it.
The article goes on to talk briefly about the reason for eating it and how long it has been used as a food sources, blah blah blah. But at the end, it mentions that the market demand for the meat has increased beyond the traditional South American countries to also include the USA, Europe and Japan. Really? Japan? They have an anime about guinea pigs…well, hamsters, but still they are related! How could they eat Hamtaro’s cousins?! Or ask Jack Scott, from Perking the Pansies, how he would feel eating Benny and Jet!
As I always try to remind myself: When in Rome, do as the Romans! So, I will check out the festival and see what creative dishes they have created using cuy. I am hoping that I will at least get a little more than I did from my first try back in February. If you are interested, you can click here to see the site. FYI, it is all in Spanish.