The Ionian-Salentino C.A.G. – where C.A.G. stands for Coastal Action Group – keeps on sensitising people on balanced diet based on seasonal fresh fish, and, in general, about the virtuous relation with the sea and its products. The new event entitled “The poor food of the Mediterranean sea”, and scheduled Friday 25, at 7 p.m., in Piazzale Alcide De Gasperi in Porto Cesareo, starts with the opening of the “Info Point C.A.G.” pavilion. Later a gastronomy festival dedicated to street food will take place, where people can freely taste local seasonal fried fish.
Actually, the bluefish will be the real protagonist of the night: perhaps not everyone knows that the bluefish is as important for health as the most popular species – though cheaper than the latter.
Stefano Nuzzo - celebrated as “a rare interpreter of Salento’s tradition”, and whose restaurant, La Piazza in Poggiardo, is recommended by the Slow Food Guide to Traditional Places to Eat in Italy – will be the night's chef.
The street food festival is the second 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, the 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 street food festival, 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.
After the street food festival, two other events will take place in next week:
- “As healthy as a fish” (scheduled Monday, September 28, at 5.30 p.m., at the Aquarium in Santa Maria al Bagno – Nardò), that is a seminar on the importance of consuming fish for a balanced diet, coupled with a workshop about how to preserve sardines in salt;
- “The Mediterranean Herbs”, (scheduled Wednesday, September 30, at 5.30 p.m., at the former market of Gallipoli in Piazza Imbriani), that is 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.
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”.