Why is it important to eat seasonal fresh fish for a balanced diet? The Ionian-Salentino C.A.G. will try to answer this question – where C.A.G. stands for Coastal Action Group – during a cooking show entitled “Every fish has its own season”, scheduled September 4, at 7 p.m., in Piazza San Demetrio in Galatone.
The cooking show is the first of four events within the same communication project called “I love G.A.C.: Great Authentic Cooking”, created and carried out by the Gruppo di Ricerca Dedalos of Lecce for the Ionian-Salentino C.A.G. The aim is to increase knowledge about the typical food, traditions, culture, arts and crafts of the coastal area that includes the towns of Porto Cesareo, Nardò, Galatone and Gallipoli (the members of the C.A.G.).
A series of events about the theme of fishing will be thus realised to promote the main attractions of the four towns and their sea cooking (and, in particular, the social, historic and health aspects), and by highlighting the importance of consuming seasonal and local food. At the same time, some local fishermen, chefs, artisans, experts in nutrition, teachers and students from the catering institutes, as well as residents and tourists will be involved to share their knowledge and skills.
During the cooking show, the themes of recycling at the sea and in the harbours, energy saving and, in general, environmental protection will be given a special attention in order to sensitise people about their importance.
The event will start at 6 p.m. with the opening of the “Info Point C.A.G.” pavilion, where the C.A.G. delegates will distribute brochures and leaflets about the institutional activities. Outside the pavilion, a group of local fishermen and chair-menders will hold a tutorial on how to make sailing knots and small fish traps, and how to repair damaged nets, while a couple of women will teach people how to embroider. The cooking show dedicated to fish seasonality will start at 7 p.m. People will be thus invited to taste the fish-based food prepared by the chef.
During the cooking show an expert biologist will illustrate the fish seasonality chart.
After the cooking show entitled “Every fish has its own season”, three other events will be held in the next weeks in the four member towns:
- “The poor food of the Mediterranean sea”, a gastronomy night dedicated to the street food, which aims to increase the consumption of bluefish (as important for health as the most popular fishes – though cheaper than the latter);
- “As healthy as a fish”, a seminar on the importance of consuming fish for a correct diet, coupled with a workshop about how to preserve sardines in salt;
- “The Mediterranean Herbs”, a seminar on the identification and the correct use of the aromatic and officinal herbs which populate the whole Ionian-Salentino coastal area, coupled with a workshop on how to preserve those herbs in vinegar.
About the Ionian-Salentino C.A.G.
The territory of the Ionian-Salentino C.A.G. is characterised by a landscape rich in natural beauties, fauna and architecture, all closely linked to the system of protected areas and the Natura 2000 sites, where the tradition of fishing is deeply rooted, therefore giving high socio-cultural value to the fishery area, and making it a tourist attraction. This territory includes 4 towns that overlook the Ionian coast of Salento (Gallipoli, Galatone, Nardò, Porto Cesareo), which have been awarded ‘10 Sails’ (*) in total by Legambiente (Nardò, 4 Sails, Gallipoli and Porto Cesareo, 3 Sails each). The economy is based on trade, tourism and fishing (whose roots go back to the past centuries). In this field, the developmental needs of the fishery area are strong, and ask for:
- reducing the costs of production,
- implementing new selling strategies in favour of the local producers,
- increasing the value of the local production and of the less consumed species of fish,
- and fostering the integration of the fishing sector with the other productive sectors which operate along the coast.
For further info:
Gruppo di Ricerca Dedalos - 39 0832 241544
The project “I love GAC: Great Authentic Cooking” is co-funded by the OP EFF 2007/2013, Axis IV, Measure 4.1 “Sustainable development of fisheries areas”.
(*): for their clean blue seas, unpolluted sands and spectacular scenery to art, cuisine and respect for the environment.