Last Thursday evening, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter made a proclamation naming this week in November the “Viva Chile in Philadelphia!” week. Viva Chile in Philadelphia! is an event organized by the Embassy of Chile in Washington D.C., the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia, Trade Commission of Chile in New York and the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACC) in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CACC (an affiliate of the GPCC).

With a growing season opposite that of the U.S., Chilean peaches, cherries, and grapes have become a welcome and familiar sight during the Philadelphia winters. Accounting for about one-fifth of all traffic through the Ports of Greater Philadelphia, our region has become Chile’s gateway into the U.S. market, with 65% of all U.S./Chile fruit imports arriving through our Delaware River waterfront.

“For the past 20 years, Philadelphia has seen the growth of trade with Chile, with the many products brought into the U.S. through our city’s ports, in large part thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter

Viva Chile in Philadelphia! offers an opportunity to explore a taste of Chile through lectures, cooking classes, wine tastings, and themed menus throughout the Philadelphia region.