National Museum of the American Indian

illumiNATIONS: Inka Road Food Fiesta

Friday, February 21, 2020
National Museum of the American Indian | Washington, DC

Explore foods of the Inka Road!

Enjoy an evening exploring the foods found in communities that live along the Inka Road of South America!

Freddie Bitsoie (Diné), executive chef of the Mitsitam Native Foods Café and the Embassy of Peru’s chef Elmer Gutiérrez will share the stories and food traditions that sustained and continue to support the diverse peoples of the area. Visit the Mitsitam Café to purchase food and drinks from this specialty menu including:
   Chicha morada, a purple Peruvian corn drink,
   Lomo saltado, a beef stir fry with peppers, onions, and rice,
   Causa, a chili-flavored potato, and
   Picarones, doughnuts made with squash and sweet potato
The Peruvian Brothers will have a specialty menu showcasing the flavors and generosity of the Peruvian coast, where they grew up. Firenzes Gelateria will have a selection of gelato and sorbet available showcasing traditional Andean flavors.   
Between dining, visitors can enjoy the music of RAYMI, an Andean group playing traditional instruments. Explore the exhibition The Great Inka Road after hours with special talks from museum staff about farming and cooking along the Inka Road, and the engineering behind the stunning suspension bridges that allow travelers to move food along the Inka Road to this day. Take a selfie with Ande the Llama along the Inka Road, and visit our gift shop for more books on the exhibition.

Friday, February 21, 2020
6:30 - 9 PM

National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC

This event is free and open to all ages, but tickets are required.REGISTER NOW

FAQs for illumiNATIONS: Inka Road Food Fiesta

Where do I enter the museum?
Guests can check in at the museum's Main Entrance located at Maryland Avenue and 3rd Street SW beginning at 6:30 PM.
What do I need to check in?
All guests will check in with museum staff upon arrival. Please have your confirmation order and the name the tickets were booked under. For ease of entry, if you reserved multiple tickets please have all guests check in together. All guests will need to go through a Security check upon arrival.
Will there be food and drinks at illumiNATIONS?

A specialty menu will be available for purchase from the Mitsitam Native Foods Café, including many of the foods chefs Bitsoie and Gutiérrez will demonstrate throughout the night. Limited samples will be available for those watching the demonstrations. Samples will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Additional food and desserts will be available to purchase from the Peruvian Brothers and Firenzes Gelateria. Guests are welcome to enjoy their food and drinks while watching the demonstrations. Guests must be 21+ with a valid ID to purchase alcohol.
Do you have any benefits for NMAI Members?
Members will receive a discount on all purchases from the museum stores and from the Mitsitam Café. 
Will this festival continue into the weekend?
The Inka Road Food Fiesta is only taking place on Friday, February 21. The exhibition The Great Inka Road is open through June 1, 2020. 
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