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Take your wedding south of the border

Elsie Adamo and Beatrice Smith

Festive, colourful weddings are very on trend at the moment.

I mean come on, who doesn’t want confetti, colourful balloons and streamers at their celebration? But if you’re planning for a festive celebration, what sort of catering do you turn to? Miniature canapés don’t necessarily go with multi-coloured glitter and wildflower crowns…

For those wanting to add a kick to their celebrations in both style and taste, Mr Papa, everyone’s favourite little red Peruvian food truck, is here to shake things up.

Founder Carlos Ramirez-Roldan is the creative mind behind Mr Papa. Growing up in Peru, his lifelong passion for food runs in the family; his grandfather started work as a waiter in Peru in 1935, working his way up the ranks to own one of the biggest catering companies in the country.


“Mr Papa was created with love and is a celebration of Peruvian food, culture and as a tribute to what I learnt from my family,” he explains.

“I remember myself when I was six years old, with mum teaching me how to cook meals for my entire family.  Then, when I was 12 years old, I was responsible for purchasing fruit and veggies and would wake at 4am to go with other family members to the producers market in order to get ready for banquets requested. Every meal I cooked  for my family was like a special function.”


You may recognise Mr Papa from the Hamlet or at The Forage, renowned throughout Canberra for their traditional Peruvian street food (Chanchito anyone?). What you may not know is that Mr Papa are available to cater you’re wedding or event, providing canapés, street food packages, and grazing tables—hearty filling food perfect for any wedding season.

“Passion for service, cooking and love is something that all my family have in the blood,” he says. “As my mum and grandmother used to tell me, there is no better way to express love than through food.”

From Carlos’ point of view, the best way to understand  the culture of a country is through its food. For that reason, they try to create a real ‘street food’ experience as you may find it in Peru’s food carts – combining the best Peruvian ingredients with great local Australian produce.


Forget dry tartlets and flavourless spring rolls, Mr Papa offer such south of the border delicacies as Anticuchos – grilled sirloin, Panca: miso mini skewers, Taquitos: Bamboo taco pole and Chancitos: Mini pork rolls.

They’ll cater at your home, do garden parties or bring along their food truck to wherever you need it for an added layer of fun and as a unique touch, they also offer live cooking stations and picnics too.

Carlos and his team will be at UNVEILED The Event this Saturday 3 June from 2-6pm at the National Portrait Gallery dishing up samples of some of their best dishes, so it’s a great time to chat to them about their catering options (or just let your tastebuds made the hard decisions).


Feature image: Sarah Kennedy Photography

Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author