The arepa is a symbol of Venezuelan gastronomy for around 2800 years.
Nearly 70 percent of the nation ate arepas on a regular basis. It is common for Venezuelans to eat arepas throughout the day, both as snacks and as sides to meals, creating a culture where these corn products can be found almost everywhere. The arepa is seen as a cornerstone of a Venezuelan diet. Venezuelan arepas are commonly filled with a great variety of different fillings, from black beans, beef, chicken, roasted pork, fish, ham and avocado, plantains to cheese, varying widely by the location of where they are sold and the ingredients that can be obtained.