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De la Milpa a la Mesa celebrates the richness of Mexican cuisine, from farms and markets to restaurants and home kitchens. 


Farmers, scientists, vendors, and cooks from across Mexico share their unique perspectives on agriculture, climate change, food sovereignty, and how their diverse communities are confronting global concerns in their everyday lives – concerns similar to those found in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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The exhibition initially opened in Wellington at Te Auaha Gallery, 3 March to 14 April 2021.

We are now looking for additional venues

to display this special story, find out more.

If you would like to talk with us about

exhibiting De la Milpa a la Mesa,

please contact us.


De la Milpa a la Mesa 


During our Wellington showing of De la Milpa a la Mesa we had an exciting events programme. It gave visitors the opportunity to dive deeper into Mexican food and culture. 

The programme included Mexican dance, cooking, language, film, art, literature and history.

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Below is a tool for teachers that provides an overview of the exhibition, learning outcomes and suggested activities. It's suitable for Social Studies students years 7 - 13.

We also have Spanish language lessons for beginner to elementary, designed to be done either within the exhibition or in the classroom.

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The exhibition is the result of years of collaborative efforts between Dr Lee Davidson from Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington’s Museum and Heritage Studies programme and Dr Leticia Pérez Castellanos from the Posgrado en Estudios y Prácticas Museales programme of the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City. 


It has been led by seven post-graduate students in New Zealand and two in Mexico City who were undertaking a supervised internship as part of the LatAm CAPE’s Cultural Sector Partnership programme and guided by three industry mentors.

The exhibition was developed in partnership with the Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. The Latin America CAPE was established in July 2017 to bring New Zealand closer to Latin America. By drawing university experience together with nimble delivery systems, the CAPE helps New Zealanders deepen sustainable, future-focused commercial growth and relationships, and builds
knowledgeable, schools and universities. It does this through the delivery of evidence-based programmes, events and tools that are available to the broader New Zealand public.




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