El Camino Del Vino – Los Corchos Prepares For Vendimia

We waited a long time for summer to arrive in Galicia and now it seems that soon it will be over as we are almost halfway through August… The Bodegueros – winemakers – will be paying extra close attention to Las Viñas – As VIDES – The Vines as they begin to make preparations for the special and important work of VENDIMIA – Wine HARVEST!  So it is countdown for Bo Camiño TASTE IT! and El Camino Del Vino as the friends of Los Corchos – “wine lovers” – await this very special celebration in the fields and for us it will be the Ancient Roman Vineyards of Ribeira Sacra – so looking forward to it. Another 4 year dream coming to life 🙂

A very special thank you to German Limeres for the wonderful ancient photo of TESOROS – to include in the poster and for your beautiful Bo Camiño TASTE IT! Logo sure makes blogging a whole lot more fun! For more information please visit: http://www.gastrofotographia.com

 

 

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A Delicious Tradition – Honey: Mel De Galicia

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“To produce a single jar of honey, foraging honey bees have to travel the equivalent of three times around the world.” – wikipedia.org

Honey this sweet delicious natural nectar that has long been harvested, enjoyed, and even used as a talisman and symbol of sweetness by many cultures around the world. Known for its wonderful taste it adds a fantastic flavor to many culinary dishes and daily rituals.  The benefits of honey are diverse with its sweetening elements for all types of recipes it also works to heal and strengthen the body.  It has long been recommended to take a spoonful a day of honey produced locally in support of reducing allergic reactions.  Bees the hard working pollinators that they are travel their area collecting and distributing pollen and when making their honey back at their nests this combination of pollens work together to make a natural cure providing an individual a variety from their local area which helps in a persons resistance to allergies.  Have fun trying this and see how it works for you.

Mel De Galicia is known for their long standing historical tradition of making fresh local honey in Galicia. The care and attention that are used in its production allow the honey to preserve all of its genuine properties of the highest quality standards.

Thank you Ester Ordóñez Dios of Mel De Galicia for sharing in some special time in the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth during Fórum Gastronómic. Felicidades – Congratulations on your recognition and awards at Fórum Gastronómic!

For more information about Mel De Galicia please visit: http://www.mieldegalicia.org –  http://www.ourodoce.es or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MeldeGalicia

For more information please visit Fórum Gastronómic: http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

Fórum Gastronómic Photograph Blog Introduction: German Limeres

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* Additional pictures from Mel De Galicia Facebook page

 

A Little Piece Of Heaven: Foodie Utopia – Stacy Lutsch

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When the taxi dropped me off in front of the ExpoCoruña convention center for the first day of the Fórum Gastronómico, I’m not sure what I was expecting. I had been to other food and wine events in Galicia: lots of festivals celebrating everything from boiled octopus to, and I mean this quite literally, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But everything up to that point had a sort of rustic charm to it, which I’ve never complained about and never will, because I find it all delightful, and more importantly, the food is always out of this world good at those events, but it also made me think that this Forum would be more of the same.

I was wrong.

You guys, I was really, horribly mistaken. The Forum was pure culinary sophistication. Well-organized, well-educated people sharing the best food and Galicia and Spain have to offer in a sparkling new building.

Susan met me at the gate, gave me my exhibitor’s pass (great design, by the way)

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Photograph Fórum Logo: Fórum Gastronómic.com

and escorted me through the entrance into a magical fairy tale land of vendors GIVING AWAY everything from organic ice cream to craft beer. I’m pretty sure I just kept repeating “No me lo puedo creer” (“I can’t believe it”) as we rushed by stand after stand on the way to the Bo Camiño space near the back (Did I mention I arrived late? Whoops. That meant that I went directly past go and did NOT collect my metaphorical 200 dollars that first day).

To cover the entire Forum I would need more than two blog entries (and a much bigger vocabulary), so what I’m doing instead is focusing on our little corner of the Forum universe and the stands that surrounded us. It is, in itself, a microcosm of the entire event, and I think is a better reflection of its true spirit: people coming together out of nothing to form close relationships with their neighbors.

So, Cris, Susan, and a little help from German, had all worked through the night to make sure that we made the most of our small space, and the stand reflected that. Lots of bright, vibrant colors, plus a huge photo call of the 6th century Samos Monastery, made it—in my totally unbiased opinion—a very welcoming place to be. It also helped that to our right was Habelas Hailas liqueurs, offering tastings of their new flavors like crema de mandarina (it tastes exactly like an Orange Dreamsicle, but you know, grown up) with candy pairings (an idea after my own heart—I’ve spent the past 2 years telling people that pairing sour candy with Albariño wine is my jam, but no one seemed to listen until now!).

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Photograph: Habelas Hailas Licores (Facebook page)

Lest you think we survived solely on liqueur and candy, fear not, for our diets were balanced out by wine from Adegas galegas, the leading exporters of Galician wine to the US, who were generous with their pours (I would imagine they gave us, on average, 4 glasses each every day) and their expertise in the complex field exports. Lovely people.

And ham. So much ham. We happened to have, to our left, the stand for Extremadura’s tourism and culinary board, who fortunately for us employed a talented jamonero (yes, only in Spain is there a profession for those who want to carve jamón ibérico, which don’t be fooled, is actually quite difficult to do right) and directly in front of them, the stand for the spectacular jamón de bellota (which is like no ham you’ve ever had. Melts in your mouth good. A leg can be yours for the low price of 600 euros). These two jamoneros prepared plate after plate of thinly sliced ham, in exchange for us running to the Estrella Galicia booth to work our feminine wiles and cut through the long lines that they would otherwise have to wait in for a free beer. It was an excellent trade, and always good to know that some things stay the same no matter where you go.

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Photograph: Susan R. Mann

So that, in a nutshell, is what the Forum was about for me. Generosity, reciprocity and collaboration: the basis of all things Bo Camiño as well. Because to do what you love with like-minded people? I can’t think of anything better.

– Stacy Lutsch

For more information please visit Habelas Hailas Licores:  http://www.habelashailaslicores.com – https://www.facebook.com/habelashailaslicores

For more information please visit Fórum Gastronómic: http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

Fórum Gastronómic Photograph Blog Introduction: German Limeres

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Fórum Gastronómic – Standing Room Only!

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It was standing room only for the live demonstrations and events of this year’s Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14.  It is exciting to see the enthusiasm of the people of Galicia and their love of Gastronomy.  Here is a highlight of one of the introductions before the cooking demonstrations began.  It was shoulder to shoulder which makes for a little shaky video but you can see for yourself some of the excitement in the air that made Fórum Gastronómic fast paced, fun, educational and entertaining!

For more information please visit Fórum Gastronómic: http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

Photography: German Limeres

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Fórum Gastronomico Coruña ’14

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Bo Camiño TASTE IT!  is excited to participate in Fórum Gastronómic Caruña ’14, the only congress of its kind that brings together the very best in gastronomy of Galicia and Spain with celebrated Michelin Rated chefs, renowned winemakers, and industry insiders from around the world.  The Forum Gastronómico, held in A Coruña, Galicia (in the northeast of Spain) February 23 – 25, 2014  is an event full of excitement and non-stop high impact interactive workshops, cooking shows and demonstrations, wine tastings, and trade show exhibitors designed to entertain, educate and inspire!

It has been an exciting time with more than 50,000 attendees joining in the incredible event on the first day taking in the latest in gastronomy, wine and cooking show demonstrations while also enjoying the trade show fair with distributor demonstrations and of course some delicious samplings!

Fórum Gastronómico, created in 1999 by Pep Palau, Jaume Von Arend & Associates, was the first congress and trade fair dedicated solely to gastronomy. It is held alternately in Galicia (Northwest Spain) and Catalonia (Northeast Spain), enjoying overwhelming success no matter which region is hosting.  In 2014 Forum Gastronomic will be celebrated both in A Coruña February 23 – 25, 2014 and in Barcelona October 20 – 23, 2014.