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Mediterranean Diet News & Stories

Peloponnese Food Stories: Stories of Tastes, People, Culture

The 1st Peloponnese Gastronomy Festival “Peloponnese Food Stories: Stories of tastes, people and culture“, organized by the Peloponnese Region was held with great success, in Koroni on August 7, 2022.
The event was welcomed by the regional governor of Peloponnese, Panagiotis Nikas, who referred to the emblematic character of Koroni, the mayor of Pylos–Nestoras, Panagiotis Karvelas, who talked about the importance of the Mediterranean Diet as a way of life, and the chairman of the Maniatakeion Foundation, Dimitris Maniatakis, who stressed out the collaboration of the Mediterranean Diet Network in order to further highlight and promote the principles and values expressed by the Mediterranean Diet and strengthening cooperation and intercultural dialogue.
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Assumption of the Virgin Mary: the “parrameiro

In the Municipality of Mafra, in the west of Portugal, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is celebrated in 4 locations: Barreiralva, Monte Bom, Enxara do Bispo and Cheleiros.
The holding of pilgrimages and the celebration of masses, results in a party held by the locals, where it is traditional to share food and regional products. In this area, tradition leads to the consumption of “parrameiro”.
Read more about this tradition

Our Lady of Health and St. Prosperus

The Feast of the Assumption of Virgin Mary (known locally as Velika Gospa), celebrated on 15 August, reminds people of the importance of family gatherings and gatherings of indigenous people even at the peak of the tourist season when people are usually very busy and do not have time for each other.
Kaštradina, a meal that is still prepared for the feast of Our Lady of Health both in Venice and in Dalmatia.
Learn more about this traditional meal

Grape Harvest in the Wine Villages of Cyprus

September and October, are the traditional months of the grape harvest from the vineyards covering the rolling slopes of Cyprus. The wine history of Cyprus dates back thousands of years, and harvesting is closely linked to traditions, rituals and fun filled festivals.

Grapes in Cyprus are not only used for wine making. People got creative in the kitchen and discovered many ways to consume and preserve the excess of the grape juice, such as Soutzioukkos , ppalouzeskiofterkaepsima and portos

Read more about Grapes use in Cyprus

Mills and Windmills of the Island of Hvar

Looking at the landscape of the island of Hvar interwoven with grape vine, olives, forests, macchia and karst, it is very difficult to believe that wheat and other cereals used to be grown there. Nowadays, at the time of long dry periods that affect the entire Europe, especially this year, it is hard to imagine gurgling of streams and the power of torrents that formed ravines in the island landscape. 

Read more about the Mills of Hvar

The "chufa" milk

A unique product from the Mediterranean Diet, characteristic of the beautiful Valencia region: the chufa (tiger nut) milk.
The origin of the chufa farming in Valencia is located in the Muslim period, although some voices say that it already existed in the area centuries ago.

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Eighth Mediterranean Diet Fair

The Mediterranean Diet Fair has returned to Tavira! Held between the 8th and 11th of September, the Mediterranean Diet Fair returned, bringing the Historic Centre of the city to life after a two-year break over the pandemic.

This edition had the support of the Portuguese Commission for UNESCO, with the initiative being part of the Safeguarding Plan approved by UNESCO – a result of the Mediterranean Diet being added to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Read more about this fair

Trame Mediterranee

The Municipality of Pollica is concretely embarking on its mission to spread the values and value of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the “Mediterranean Diet,” in Italian schools, among young creatives and innovators in southern Italy. 
Through the stories of its “Food Heroes” and transforming the area of the world heritage of the Mediterranean Diet into a real “Food Theater,” at the Castle of the Princes Capano of Pollica, a series of dinners were held with debates on local excellence anchored in the values of the Mediterranean Diet.

Learn more about Trame Mediterranee project

Mind the gap: Restoring habitats to leave no one and no place behind

Elevating Tourism as the tool to redesign resilience in the Mediterranean mountain habitat.
The lands of the Mediterranean Diet include the 'Alento-Monte della Stella' Mountain Community, consisting of 11 municipalities, and the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park, consisting of 8 mountain communities and 80 municipalities. We are talking about a mountainous territory characterized by unique tangible and intangible heritage but also forgotten places, marked by advancing depopulation, land abandonment, infrastructural isolation, and social desertification.
Our challenge starts from here: that of intentionally redesigning resilience in the Mediterranean mountain habitat by reawakening the potential of slow and regenerative tourism, the kind of tourism that is linked to the principles of the Mediterranean Diet and approaches the entire territory with care and respect.

Read more about the Lands of the Mediterrean Diet
Upcoming Events

Lidl Wellness Camp in Agros

On the occasion of World Food Day, Lidl Cyprus will organize a Wellness Camp in the community of Agros on 15-16 October. The event will take place under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, The Cyprus Dietetic & Nutrition Association and the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO and it will include workshops related to the Mediterranean Diet.


Learn more about the Lidl Wellness Camp
Emblematic Community Spotlight

Pollica, Cilento - Paideia Campus

The Paideia Campus, the project of the Municipality of Pollica and Future Food Institute, already hosts the seat of the “Angelo Vassallo” Mediterranean Diet Study Center of the Municipality of Pollica. This operates in the affirmation of the principles and commitments undertaken by the Italian State with UNESCO in the promotion of the recognition and growth of an increasingly current and concrete international awareness of the Mediterranean diet. This is conceived as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, as a development model based on the values of this type of diet and lifestyle from a cultural, social, historical, gastronomic, environmental, landscape and customs points of view. 
Learn more about the Emblematic Community of Pollica
Training Tools
Learn more about the UNESCO convention for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage through our multilingual training tool here. 
Discover the traditional Lagane and Chickpeas dish, and other Mediterranean Diet recipes here. 
Thank you for reading! If you would like to connect with the Mediterranean Diet network, contact us here.  Please forward this message to a friend or colleague to help us grow awareness of this unique intangible cultural heritage.
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