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Mediterranean Diet News & Stories

The Conviviality of Mediterranean Museums - 
Mediterranean Diet Emblematic Communities Network Joint Initiative

In celebration of International Museum Day, the Mediterranean Diet network organized a collaborative event featuring the tables of the Mediterranean. Members of the Emblematic Communities were asked to take photos of ingredients, preparation, and tables of traditional Mediterranean Diet meals and share them on social media. The photos were then curated into local exhibits and commemorated in a collective photo album. 
Browse through the Mediterranean Tables photos

The Dark Glow Of Liquid Gold

The recent death of bees in the northernmost Croatian region of Međimurje provoked numerous media reactions and brought back to the public, at least briefly, questions about the state of beekeeping in the country. This was an incentive to investigate the situation on the island of Hvar, whose honey has been known for more than half a millennium and which had the status as an island brand even before systematic attempts at branding.
Explore Croatian Beekeeping

Valorization & Safeguarding The Mediterranean Diet Through New Research Projects

In line with with NextGenerationEU (NGEU), the temporary instrument designed to boost European recovery, Portugal started its Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), a nationwide program, with an implementation period until 2026, which will enact a set of reforms and investments, aimed at boosting the country on the path to recovery, sustained economic growth, and convergence with Europe, over the next decade, guided by a concept of sustainability inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Learn more about this recovery plan

The "Programmer's" Botanical Garden

The 6th grade students at the Elementary School of Koroni, with the guidance of their teacher Fotis Berdeklis, created in the courtyard of their school, a beautiful botanical garden full of aromatic and medicinal plants. This action is part of the skills workshops for the school year 2021-2022.

With the use of technology, visitors can learn about the plants simply by scanning the QR code signs place throughout the garden. People can also search the website of the botanical garden and find out about the plants that are hosted in it.

Learn more about this educational initiative

Sea Gastronomy Festival Returns to Tavira

Between May 20th to June 12th, the flavors of the coast set the tone for the menus of the 20 establishments in Cabanas, Santa Luzia, and Tavira that joined another edition of the Sea Gastronomy Festival. The appreciation of traditional cuisine, characteristic of the classification of the Mediterranean Diet as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, in line with the wisdom and mastery of chefs and cooks, defined this annual festival.

Read more about this event

Jelsa Wine, Olive, and Heritage Festival

The 3rd Wine, Olive, and Heritage Festival was held in Jelsa on the island of Hvar, Croatia from 13th to 18th June 2022. The annual festival promotes Hvar’s local producers in the context of Mediterranean Diet, a concept based on knowledge and professional practice with due regard to natural food sources obtained from land and sea, which is important for food safety, quality of life, and stable ecological environment. 

Read more about this event

Rose Festival

After two years of absence the biggest celebration of Spring - The Rose Festival - returned to its home in Agros, Cyprus.

Organized by thhe Community Council of Agros, this festival has been taking place for 13 years. This year’s celebration on May 14-15 and 21-22 was a great success, adored by locals and travellers alike. 

Visitors had the opportunity to visit local workshops and exhibitions and learn all about the distillation of roses, the production process and the use of products derived from rose such as perfumes, brandy, liqueur, and other local recipes. And some visitors even joined locals around 5:30 a.m to collect flowers before the morning mist.

Read more about this annual festival

Sustainable Gastronomy Day

Since 2016 when the United Nations officially adopted it, the world has celebrated Sustainable Gastronomy Day. This annual day of observance recognizes the importance of the food journey from farm to table and the valuable role that this journey plays in traditional cuisine around the world. 

In recognition of this day, the Emblematic Communities of the Mediterranean Diet have curated a collection of traditional recipes featuring local, seasonal ingredients. 

Learn more about Sustainable Gastronomy Day & see the recipes
Upcoming Events

Trame Mediterranee - Blue Edition

From 4-9 July, in Cilento, Italy where the term “Mediterranean Diet” was first coined, eight teenagers between the ages of 15-19 will join fishermen, scientists, chefs, policymakers, and activists to explore and discover the sustainable values of the Mediterranean Diet.

This unique week-long program provides youth with real-world insights into the cultural heritage and sustainable practices of the Mediterranean with a specific focus on the sea.


Learn more about the Trame Mediterranee program

Xarkis Festival

The 9th Xarkis Festival will take place in Agros from the 15th-17th of July 2022.

The program will include a wealth of engaging festival experiences, ranging from workshops, performances, live music, talks, discussions, and interventions. It also includes an Artists’ Residency program starting from the 4th-14th of July. Over a period of 10 days, a group of selected artists are invited to work together with the leading team and with the local community, to prepare creative works that will contribute to the three-day Festival. 


Learn more about the Xarkis Festival

Food & Climate Shapers Boot Camp - Mediterranean Edition

(4 - 7 September, 2022):  Discover the possibilities for a sustainable future within the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean Diet during the Mediterranean Edition of the Future Food & FAO Food and Climate Shapers Boot Camp.

Set in Pollica, Italy, in the cradle of the Mediterranean, Boot Camp participants will spend an intensive week exploring the complex connection between food and sustainability and gaining experience using design and prosperity thinking methods to solve some of the world's greatest problems. 


Learn more about the Mediterranean Edition Boot Camp
Emblematic Community Spotlight

Chefchaouen, Morocco - Mediterranean Diet Museum

To support the protection and safeguarding of the Mediterranean Diet in Morocco, the community of Chefchaouen has launched a project to create a dedicated Mediterranean Diet museum. 

This facility will consist of education and exhibition spaces providing awareness workshops, food tastings, tourism center, and a space to promote local products. 
Learn more about the Emblematic Community of Chefchaouen
Training Tools
Learn more about the UNESCO convention for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage through our multilingual training tool here. 
Discover the traditional Portuguese dish, Maize Porridge, 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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