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Madrid Gourmet Show Pays Tribute to Extra Virgin

Mar. 9, 2012
Pandora Penamil Penafiel

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Culinary Institute of America Students at the 26th International Gourmet Show, Madrid

The 26th International Gourmet Show closed its doors yes­ter­day at Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) with a bal­ance of 1,056 exhibitors, 30,000 prod­ucts on dis­play, 1,000 new prod­ucts, 18,300 square meters of exhi­bi­tion and 74,168 trade vis­i­tors, as reported today by its orga­niz­ers.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment Miguel Arias Cañete, offi­cially inau­gu­rated the gas­tro­nomic event, along with the pres­i­dent of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, before a tast­ing tour of some of the best prod­ucts on dis­play.

There were many activ­i­ties asso­ci­ated with extra vir­gin olive oil, includ­ing the XII Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tunnel,” held by the Interprofesional del Aceite de Oliva Español (Interprofessional), with unin­ter­rupted EVOO tast­ings.

Chefs from all around the world showed their culi­nary cre­ations with extra vir­gin olive oils in the ver­sa­tile stand of the Interprofessional, and every morn­ing, within the Senses Workshop Iniciative, more than one thou­sand Spanish Breakfasts were served to chil­dren on school vis­its.

Also, the Interprofessional orga­nized the Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil Experience, in a 160 square meter mul­ti­ple exhi­bi­tion area with a tast­ing bar of olive juice.

Presentations and spe­cial pro­mo­tional events occu­pied the rest of the agenda. The com­pany Pagos de Piedrabuena and Almazaras de la Subbetica orga­nized tast­ings of organic olive oils, while new brands such as Oh Madrid and Mediterranean Essences were pre­sen­tated. Many pro­duc­ers pre­sented their lat­est releases, such as Castillo de Canena, with its stun­ning Oak Smoked Arbequino.

EVOO lovers

Extra vir­gin olive oils found a pro­mo­tional space at Mercacei’s stand. During the four days of the show, curi­ous vis­i­tors enjoyed more than 40 super-pre­mium extra vir­gin olive oils from every Spanish region. Both the Mercacei team and Maribel Simon, an expert olive oil taster and orga­nizer of the first award of span­ish olive oil tasters, attended to EVOO lovers, offer­ing up the intense fla­vors of the Spanish sam­ples.

Particularly inter­est­ing was the visit of the Culinary Institute of America’s stu­dents to Mercacei’s area, in which they tasted and learned in a fun way the dif­fer­ent vari­eties of Spanish extra vir­gin olive oil.

Mercacei’s Pandora Penamil Penafiel


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