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First Week of the Italian cuisine in the world



First Week of the Italian cuisine in the world

To introduce the quality of the Italian agro-food products, enhance our culinary tradition and our ability for innovation, spread the values of the Mediterranean Diet, present the Italian offer of training in this sector and strengthen the presence of Italian cuisine abroad. These are the objectives of the First Week of the Italian cuisine in the world, an initiative that during the month of November will see more than 1,300 events in 105 countries coordinated by the overseas network of the Foreign Ministry with the participation of 295 Embassies, Consulates and Cultural Institutes .
The initiative, which aims at continuing the themes developed successfully for Expo Milano 2015 and written about in the Milan newspapers, is part of the plan of actions to support the agro-food sector and the Italian cuisine, the so-called Food Act, and to implement the actions provided for in the Memorandum of Understanding for the promotion abroad of Italian quality cuisine from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the Ministry of Education and Universities' and Research on the 15th of March 2016.
A large and varied events calendar will allow the promotion of our products and the Italian way of life in a country, South Africa, which, thanks to a community of well-established and appreciated countrymen, knows and recognizes the beauty of our food and our culture.
From cooking workshops to themed dinners, from food design to film screenings, from food and wine tastings to presentations of books and local products, in the next few days the Embassy, Consulates and Cultural Institute will be engaged in introducing to South Africans, from Johannesburg to Cape Town, from Pietermaritzburg to Pretoria, the cuisine and the Italian culture from a new and more in-depth perspective.

Major Initiatives

Among the main initiatives are:

• In Cape Town, many restaurants have prepared special menus for the First Week of Italian Cuisine. Thanks to the collaboration with the Pretoria IIC and the Region Emilia Romagna, the book “The Operating Kitchen” will be presented at the residence of the Ambassador of Italy, in which the dishes preferred by Verdi, Rossini and other great Italian masters are described, while the chef Giorgio Nava will prepare those same dishes using original recipes from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Members of the UCT Opera School will accompany each dish with a singing performance.

• The exhibition “Food in Federico Fellini's drawings”, presented by the Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria in collaboration with the Open Window Institute, hosts several drawings of the great director illustrating his relationship and that of his cinema with food: a perfect example of how culture and food, for our country, are inevitably related.

• Friday, November 25 at 18:30 at the Dante Hall in Pietermaritzburg there will be a screening of the film Pasta Nera by Alessandro Piva (2011).The event is organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg and the Italian Institute of Culture in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society of Pietermaritzburg.

• The Italian Festival 2016 is a food festival with a regional character that took place at the Italian Club in Johannesburg on September 25: An exhibition and tasting of typical regional Italian products made possible by the local Regional Associations. On this occasion, the stands were visited by Environmental Secretary Barbara Degani who was accompanied by the Ambassador of Italy to South Africa. There were approximately 3000 visitors and the proceeds were donated to charity.

• Wednesday, November 23, 2016 presentation of the book “Opera Kitchen - Music and Food in Emilia Romagna” at the Italian restaurant Fumo in Pretoria. The event organized by the Institute of Italian Culture in Pretoria in collaboration with the Italian Academy of Cuisine, the Department of Culture and the Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Emilia-Romagna Region. A concert sponsored by the Consulate General in Johannesburg will take place during the event, featuring arias of the works cited in the book.

• Publication in the journal My Italian Link of an article by the president of the Academy of Italian Cuisine, Paolo Petroni who presents the initiative of the Week of Italian Cuisine in South Africa and role of the Academies around the world in promoting the taste and quality of Italian food.