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The third edition of Italian Cuisine Week in the World



The third edition of Italian Cuisine Week in the World

The third edition of Italian Cuisine Week in the UK will begin on Monday 19 November 2018. The initiative celebrates and promotes the Italian agrifood sector and culinary tradition, and aims to boost Italian exports and tourism to Italy. This year the themes include the Mediterranean diet, regional and local cuisines, high-quality grapes and extra-virgin olive oils, the protection of products with protected and controlled denominations, brand protection, and combating the spread of “Italian-sounding” names.

Twenty-six initiatives will be held in the UK, promoted by Ambassador Trombetta and coordinated by the Embassy of Italy in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency, the Italian Cultural Institutes in London and Edinburgh, the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, and the British branch of the Accademia della Cucina Italiana.

A wide selection of events will be held in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The opening of the week on Monday 19 will involve a number of well-established Italian food and wine names, including Vinitaly, Cibus and Bellavita, coordinated by the Italian Trade Agency. On Tuesday 20 there will be an event with Ciro Salvo, a Neapolitan pizza master, while Apulian cuisine will be celebrated in Glasgow and Edinburgh with talks and tastings.

The Mediterranean diet, the theme at the heart of the Week this year, will be the common thread running through the various events, which will include cookery shows organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the UK at the Food Matters Live event, and two talks at the Italian Cultural institute in London, one organised by the British branch of Accademia della Cucina Italiana and the other focusing on the benefits of extra-virgin olive oil. Intesa Sanpaolo, which has a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will examine innovation and the circular economy, and Mercato Metropolitano and Bellavita will host a number of events, including cookery shows, cookery lessons, aperitifs and panel discussions. On Thursday 22, Granaio restaurant will have a tasting of dishes traditionally cooked by Italian grandmothers, while the Consortium for the Protection of Prosecco DOC will be featured on the Friday 23. A specially created cocktail, using Campari new gin O’ndina, will be available all week at Harry’s Dolce Vita “Italia ‘60”. The marriage of cuisine and design will be celebrated in a cookery show at the Scavolini showroom in London. The grand finale, on Friday 25, will feature the chef Theo Randall, who has a passion for Italy and Italian culinary tradition.

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