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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O Batuxo Belesar Restaurante, Via Romana Bodega – Bo Camiño TASTE IT Joins In The FUN!

Summer Fun Continues with O Batuxo Belesar Restaurant Wine Tasting & Music Series – Have fun joining us as we enjoy a little Catas de Vino with Via Romana Bodega and some great music of Colectivo Bomba – Muchas Gracias Marcus and O Batuxo Belesar Restaurant for letting us join in some of the Summer FUN in Belesar and Chantada – a perfect way to celebrate this weekend!

For more information please visit: http://www.obatuxobelesar.com,  and http://www.viaromana.es

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A very special thank you to both German Limeres for the beautiful Fotocall backdrop picture http://www.gastrofotografia.com and to Dean Wright of Logo Love Design Agency for your fantastic El Camino Del Vino Logo and Advertising http://www.logo-love.com – Muchisimas Gracias 🙂

Bo Camiño TASTE IT! – Ponferrada La Noche Templaria

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La Noche Templaria – The Night Of The Templar Festival – had us back out filming Bo Camiño TASTE IT! in Ponferrada.  The city so named for the “Bridge Pons Ferrata” that provided easier crossing for pilgrims who could choose from two different and important routes along the way. The Camino Francés that heads northwest to Villa Franca Del Bierzo or the Camino Invierño – The Winter way that heads west avoiding the snow topped mountains in winter of O Cebreiro the gateway into Galicia.

Jaime Pardo and Maria Santín of Imaxina Diseño, German Limeres of Gastrofotographia and I enjoyed meeting new people, taking in the atmosphere of the ancient town of Ponferrada and filming some of the unique gastronomy, fun festival events and ceremonies.  A very special thank you to Jesus who coordinated our activities and for meeting some wonderful people in Ponferrada including Gabriel Vallejo Carnero – La Destileria Bar, Maxi Campelo – Casa Las Bombas Restaurant, and Miguel A. Varela – Teatro Municipal Bergidum for including us in some incredible gastronomy and festival ceremonies.

 

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

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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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Jamoneros de Fórum!

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Three of my favorite flavors to enjoy in Spain have been Vino Tinto, Queso Manchego, and Jamon. Part of the traditional diet of spaniards it has become a weekly ritual of enjoyment for me during my time living in Galicia. Once you have tasted this magical combination you can see why it is enjoyed by all who are fortunate to discover it.  This is a habit that would be hard to give up. Discovering your favorite Jamon is like finding your favorite wine a treasure hunt that always provides delicious SURPRISES!

A very special thank you to our Fórum friends Jamoneros Jesús Gonzalez (Dehesa De Extramadura) and Clemente Gomez (Los Pedroches) who so graciously spoiled us for three days at Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14.

For more information please visit: http://www.dehesa-extremadura.com/index.php/en/ and http://www.cordobaturismo.es/en/contents/589/los-pedroches

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

Photography: Susan R Mann

Fórum Gastronómic Celeberates VINO!

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Discovering new wines is an adventure that wine lovers anticipate, enjoy and even DREAM about!  What’s not to love as this journey includes experiences of meeting interesting people, finding great restaurants, and traveling to new places that all have their unique WINE favorites and special select menu’s for you to take your palate on its own journey.  Whether it is red, or “vino tinto” as they say in Spain, rosado, or a crisp and refreshing “VINO BLANCO” white wine, your wine pilgrimage is sure to be a memorable one. Such was the case at this year’s Fórum Gastronómic Coruña ’14 where there were an amazing array of different wines to taste, savor and ENJOY!

Raül Prada Luengo of Bodega Valdesil stopped by the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth for a picture and a little chat about his delicious wines.  Bodega Valdesil specializes in Godello white wine whose favorite habitat is on the the slate terraced hillsides of the valley with moderate temperature and humidity. Breathtaking views that add their own magic to the grapes as they grow and later their hidden mysteries of centuries of tradition are tasted. Here’s to continuing your Wine Adventure one Sip, one SAVOR at a time!!!

Bodega Valdesil Wines come from the region of Valdeorras – whose “Denominación de Origen”  was established in 1957 and is the wine growing region on the easternmost fringes of Galicia, north-western Spain. This location has earned it the unofficial title of ‘Gateway to Galicia’. Valdeorras is situated between Ribeira Sacra, to the west and Bierzo which is part of Castilla y Leon to the east and northeast. The beautiful River Sil is the main feature of the region’s landscape with it’s picturesque vineyards planted on its valley floor.

For more information about Bodegas Valdesil please visit: http://facebook.com/BodegasValdesil

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

Thank you to Cristina Garcia for capturing some of the great Galician products that shared some special time in the Bo Camiño TASTE IT! booth.

Photography: Cristina Garcia