Muchas Gracias – La ALACENA Roja Magazine

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Many special thank you’s to all who made Fórum Gastronómico Coruña 2014 a wonderful experience celebrating what we love of Galicia and our passion to share the history, culture, art, architecture, and yes of course the wonderful Gastronomy In The Camino through Bo Camiño TASTE IT!

Thank you La Alacena Roja – Del Comer, Beber y Viajar for including us with a special article in your fantastic magazine. It was a pleasure to participate Fórum Gastronómico Coruña ’14 an incredible event and truly exciting gastronomy experience in Galicia.  We look forward to discovering many more of Galicia’s Gastronomy TREASURES!

To read full article please visit Page 13 of La Alacena Roja: http://www.laalacenaroja.com/app_files/revista/02.pdf

Photograph: Left – Susan Mann, Right – Cristina Garcia

Thank you Andrés Docampo for capturing some of the great educational live demonstrations, Catas de Vino, and more at the Fórum!

Photography: Andrés Docampo Fotógrafo

http://andresdocampo.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

http://www.gastrofotografia.com

http://www.germanlimeres.com

* 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

http://www.gastrofotografia.com

http://www.germanlimeres.com

ZUZU Napa USA Visits Fórum Gastronómic!

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What is it about Food, Wine, and TRAVEL that we all can’t get enough of?  Embedded in our nature is a desire to explore, discover and experience something new, as well as, combining the best of what we know and love.  Such are the yearly spanish adventures of a fantastically creative group ZUZU Napa!  “ZuZu is a beloved, Spanish-inspired restaurant and tapas bar in Napa’s historic Old Town.  For the last twelve years, it has drawn scores of visitors near and far who come for its warm Mediterranean décor, lively atmosphere, and renowned small-plates menu that draws from the culinary traditions of Spain and South America.”

Thank you Zuzu Napa for stopping by the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth at this years Fórum Gastronómic and sharing some of what you love of food, wine and travel! Always great meeting new people during their adventures in Galicia and this was an especially fun time and re-connection with the USA having a little chat in english all sharing what we love of Spain and Galicia!

For more information please visit: http://www.zuzunapa.com & https://www.facebook.com/zuzunapa

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

In Photograph Above (left to right): Carlos, Armando, Thomas & Sam

Video: Armando Ramirez & Thomas Hartwell

Fórum Gastronómic & Galicious Gourmet – Monica Castelao

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Deliciosamente Galego – GALICIOUS!

Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14 had everyone sharing all that they love of FOOD & WINE – DESSERTS & SPIRITS! Galicia’s gastronomy is as diverse as its breathtaking landscapes where you are sure to find many things that you love and keep you wanting to discover more. Monica Castelao visited us in the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth to help us make an invitation to all to come and explore all that Galicia has to offer.

Monica Castelao is an avid blogger passionate about gastronomy and tourism sharing the best of Galicia with everyone!!!

For more information please visit: Deliciosamente Galeo at http://www.galiciousgourmet.com

For more information about Fórum Gastronómic please visit:

http://www.forumgastronomic.com and https://www.facebook.com/forumgastronomic

Photography: Susan R. Mann

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

http://www.gastrofotografia.com

http://www.germanlimeres.com

Fórum Gastronómic With Berta Castro – El Sabor de lo Dulce

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Nothing better than meeting people passionate about gastronomy and sharing in the experience of Spain’s largest and longest running Gastronomy Congress Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14. Berta Castro, an avid Galician blogger, of El Sabor de lo Dulce visited us in the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth to discuss some of the treasures of Galician Gastronomy and the Bo Camiño projects inviting people from around the world to come and experience for themselves the beauty, culture, and special traditions that make Galicia a truly unique adventure.  Thank you Berta for sharing your invitation on video for all to come and enjoy the best of Galicia!

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

For more information about Berta Castro &  El Sabor de lo Dulce please visit: http://berta-postres.blogspot.com.es

Photography: Susan R Mann