CCDR Algarve organizes the 1st Festival of Gastronomy – Mediterranean Diet

The 1st Festival of Gastronomy – Mediterranean Diet takes place on the 22nd of May, at the School of Hotel Management and […]

gastronomy mediterranean dietThe 1st Festival of Gastronomy – Mediterranean Diet takes place on the 22nd of May, at the Hotel and Tourism School, in Faro. At the same time, the gastronomic exhibition takes place Senses & Traditions, promoted annually by EHTA students.

Portuguese gastronomy is part of the economic and cultural fabric, whose importance has been growing, integrating the Portuguese cultural heritage.

In this sense, «Portuguese gastronomy, as a national cultural and economic asset, has been the object, in recent years, of multiple and varied actions of concrete valorization, with special relevance in the fields of culture, tourism, agriculture, health and education», stresses the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRA), which organizes the event.

This culminated in the «recent inscription of the «Mediterranean Diet» in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, in December 2013, thus granting Portuguese gastronomy increased visibility at the international level, justifying its dissemination and promotion in a manner articulated', adds the CCDRA.

The program includes a gastronomy competition with seven competing teams, which will have on the jury two Algarvian Chefs, awarded with a Michelin Star, and a third Chef who is highly regarded nationally and internationally.

At the beginning of the evening, there will be an “Innovation Space”, where you can taste the best Algarve cuisine has to offer, such as tibornas, churra sheep, special croaker from Ria Formosa, cataplana, tuna cooked in salt rock and more innovative snacks.

Also during this first edition of the Gastronomy Festival, there will be a table decoration competition, based on traditional products and handicrafts from the Algarve.

In addition to the exhibitors invited by the School of Hotel and Tourism, there will also be an exhibitor with innovative products from the Algarve Mediterranean cuisine, including sweets, salicornia, loggerhead thyme liqueur, flavored oils, fig truffles, among many others.

In a space of historical and architectural reference such as the Convento de São Francisco, where the Algarve Hotel and Tourism School operates, the exhibition of meanings and traditions aims to «put into practice skills acquired by students throughout the school year, and contribute for the visibility of entrepreneurs in the various sectors of activity in the Algarve region».

This event is part of a «consistent strategy for the promotion and dissemination of the Algarve's regional cuisine, in the sense of demonstrating and enjoying an integrated line of this theme», concludes the CCDRA.