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Celebrating International Arepa Day!

Kia ora, dear readers from New Zealand! Today, we are here to celebrate a culinary gem that has captured hearts around the world: the arepa. September 9th marks International Arepa Day, a delightful reason to learn more about this Venezuelan/Colombian treat that has made its way to our shores.


International Arepa Day
International Arepa Day

What is an arepa?

An arepa is a kind of flat, round bread, originally from Venezuela, made from maize dough. Its versatility makes it perfect for stuffing with a wide variety of ingredients, such as cheese, meat, chicken, avocado, ham, and even vegetarian options. You can think of it as a Venezuelan sandwich, but with a special twist that makes it unique.


Fun Fact: The Origin of Arepas

Although the arepa is an icon of Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine, its origins can be traced back to pre-Columbian indigenous cultures in South America. Indigenous peoples in the region that is now Venezuela and Colombia were already making a primitive version of the arepa long before the arrival of Europeans. Over time, this recipe merged with European and African influences, evolving into the arepa we know and love today.


Why Celebrate International Arepa Day in New Zealand?

The beauty of the arepa is that it transcends borders and adapts to different tastes and cultures. In New Zealand, where international cuisine is appreciated, the arepa has found its place in the hearts of many. It is a reminder that food can be a gateway to new cultures and experiences.


So, on this International Arepa Day, dare to try this delicious Venezuelan gift! You can find arepas in Latin American restaurants or even venture to make them at home. No matter how you do it, the important thing is to enjoy this delicious culinary experience that brings people from all over the world together.


You can order online and we deliver arepas to your doorstep! We have the corn flour to make them OR you can order frozen arepas ready to heat! here










We hope this little culinary journey has been interesting, and that you will join in celebrating International Arepa Day with a delicious arepa in hand. Enjoy your meal!


Thanks for reading this far,

Latino Foods.

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