Yum Yum Bolivia Fest


13th-14th December         

The Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8


Join the food fest! Two days with screenings, talks, workshops, shows, and stalls related to food from the Andean region in Latin America.

Yum Yum Bolivia LASC’s Project aims at shedding the light on the real value and contribution to improve global  and local livelihoods of Andean agro-biodiversity in the context of the current challenges, including food security, poverty reduction and climate change.

According to Vavilov, the Andean Region is one of the five world centres of origin and diversity of cultivated species. The so-called Andean grains (the most common are quinoa, cañaua, kañiwa) generally appreciate for their exceptional nutrition value and for the food culture and tradition linked with, and the Andean tuberus like potatoes, domesticated by the Andean farm worker “campesinos” ( there are also more than 1300 species of those called native-potatoes which are not well-know)and others such as oca and isaño are allowed for the people of the region to survive for thousands of years, despite the poverty of the rural Andes).

Until now the conservation of different Andean crops are possible due to the existence of the indigenous communities of the area which still preserve their  knowledge of handling as well as cultivating and using these species. Nevertheless there has been a consistent reduction of utilization of those species over the last century accompanied by the loss of their genetic diversity.  Loss of crop diversity has grave repercussion for ecological and social-cultural system of Andean communities and rest of the world, all of us, general public, general population.


Giulia Baldelli

Complete text in www.lasc.ie





13th-14th December 



Dublin Food Co-op

12 Newmarket

Dublin 8 Ireland





All the activities are Free. First-come first-served.

(Enrol for the Sunday cooking workshop, 5 Euro to cover the cost of the ingredients, Payment at the entrance)


For further information

Tel. +353-1-6760435




First Day

13th December


TALK. Free entrance

A delicious story! Irish and Latin American links through food. Pádraic Óg Gallagher

Saturday 13th December, 12:00. The Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8


DOCUMENTARY. Free entrance

Why did McDonald’s Bolivia go Bankrupt

Saturday, 13th December, 13:00. The Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8


Language: Spanish, English subtitles

Director: Fernando Martinez

Executive Director: Viviana Saavedra, Leandro Rocha, Hugo Castro Fau, Carlos Azpúrua


Bolivia became the first McDonald’s-free Latin American nation, after struggling for more than a decade to keep their numbers out of ‘the red’. After 14 years, and despite many corporate campaigns and promos, McDonald’s was forced to close in 2002 its 8 Bolivian restaurants in the major cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Second Day

14th December





Become a Bolivian CHEF!

  Sunday 14th December, from 13:30 to 14:30

The Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

Fusion Sundays


Enrol for just 5 Euro to cover the cost of the ingredients

(Payment at the entrance)


Typical food from the east of Bolivia and Brazil. The name probably originates from Guarani language cuna (women) and  pé (breast) due to the evocative shape of these small balls.

Typically made with yuca* and fresh cow cheese. Yuca is a starchy root vegetable native to South America, a rich food source for the indigenous people of the arid area due to its important nutritional value.



Grilled mashed yucca with cheese, typical from eastern Bolivia (specifically from Santa Cruz), there are two different ways to prepare it - by baking or grilling. This second technique was used when there was no electricity and zonzo was wrapped around a stick and grilled outdoors.




Sunday 14th of December, from 11:00 to 17:00. The Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

Fusion Sundays, free entrance


Quinua pastries

Quinoa is a native food plant originally from the Andean region used as food by the Incas and previous cultures.
Its consumption has recently increased in Europe and America too due to the raised awareness of its important nutritional value.


Empanada de queso

Empanada comes from Spanish verb “empanar”: to wrap in bread. The idea of wrapping a hearty filling in pastry probably is due to the Moors (the Arabs) who occupied Spain for hundreds of years.  Due to the large number of Galician immigrants in Latin America the empanadas have also become popular in the region. Empanadas are fried or baked pastries which usually contain cheese and/or beef, potatoes etc.


Sunday 14th of December, from 13:00 to 13:30 and from 14:30 to 15:00.

The Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

Fusion Sundays, free entrance



From 13:00 to 13:30


This dance is an Andean tradition, originally from the Bolivian region of Potosi.


It began as a form of ritualistic combat to honor the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and is still present in the major festivals and parades in Bolivia, where a battle between two groups is simulated.


From 14:30 to 15:00

Caporal is a typical Bolivian dance, very popular in the national festivities. Originally the dance reflected the authoritative power of the caporales (foreman chosen by the Spanish settlers to supervise the work of the slaves).

Photos by: Cristina Bazzucchi, Giulia María Baldirelli