Alliya Villanueva, 2, munches on a beef stew and rice at the Peruvian Independence day at the Miami Airport Convention center. Alex M Sanchez / Miami Herald Staff

By Glenda Ortega
Published on Miami Herald, July 30, 2013

Far from their homeland, hundreds of Peruvians living in South Florida celebrated 192 years of their independence from Spain on Sunday with a festival of music and food.

Cured ceviche, anticuchos, ají de gallina andsuspiros limeños were some of the typical dishes and desserts the participants enjoyed.
With Peruvian waltzes as background music, guests stood in line to enjoy the diverse cuisine.
Some donned the red and white colors of the Peruvian flag while others wore t-shirts or caps with the name of their country.
Nearly 30 booths were there selling dishes, handcrafted items and products from the South American country. “ Viva Perú,” a female entertainer repeatedly cheered.