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Flavours of Italy: A Food and Wine Tasting Affair

June 23, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Global EAT - Flavours of Italy: A Food and Wine Tasting Affair

Farmer Flavio Gorni proudly showing his premium handmade jams from Liguria. (Nikao Media)

Posted: June 12, 2016   |   Updated: June 22, 2016

Looking for authentic Italian bites and a sip of Italy? Join food and wine aficionado this June 23rd for Flavours of Italy at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

In Italy, eating is a family affair. Italians take their food seriously. Did you know that Italian cuisine is region-focused? Flavours vary from north to south, each offering their own specialties.

Global EAT - Flavours of Italy: A Food and Wine Tasting Affair
Italian DOP certified products: Seborga Farm Jams, Prosecco Sparkling Wines and Pasta from Stingi Organic Farms. (Nikao Media)

What is Italian Food?

Unlike French cuisine, Italian food tastes lighter with more emphases placed on the ingredients rather than the cooking technique. They emulate the Mediterranean style diet using simple, natural ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, herbs, artichokes, dark greens and generous use of olive oil.

Global EAT - Flavours of Italy: A Food and Wine Tasting Affair
Sicilian “Volcanic” Pistachios, the region’s “Green Gold”, emerald-green in colour and intensely aromatic. (Nikao Media)

Direct from Italy

Learn more about Italian food at Flavours of Italy: food fair, food and wine tasting. Members of the Italian Farmers Confederation (CIA) from eight Italian regions will be showcasing their specialty foods – both sweet and savoury as well as delicious wines to tempt your taste buds.

What’s Delicious?

All products showcased are DOP certified, that means, they have a guaranteed, controlled designation of origin. Below are some featured products.

Global EAT - Flavours of Italy: A Food and Wine Tasting Affair
Delicious Red Wine Infused Cheese (Nikao Media)

Calabria: Wines (featured for the first time in Vancouver), cheeses, tasty dried tomatoes and legumes. Taste the delicious wine and pepper infused cheeses.

Campania and Toscana: Wines and olive oil.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Saffron and spices like cinnamon as well as wines and olive oil.

Global EAT - Flavours of Italy: A Food and Wine Tasting Affair
Saffron is a spice derived from the Crocus sativus flower. (Nikao Media)

Veneto: Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine from the Prosecco in northeast Italy.

Liguria: Prized jams made from walnuts, lemon, peaches and different types of fruits grown along the Mediterranean coast. A must try is the Seborga Farm jams, in particular, the strawberry mint jam.

Global EAT - Flavours of Italy: A Food and Wine Tasting Affair
Flavours of Italy, Vancouver – 2016 Program (Pugliese Association of BC)

Puglia: The addictive Taralli, a popular sweet, savoury southern Italian pretzel-like breadstick. Tasty and hardy Altumura bread, a time-honoured Apulian artisan bread made with durum flour and baked in wood-fired oven. Fig (fioroni) preserves and jam made with prized railway cherries (l’oro rosso – red gold variety) from Conversano.

Of course, no Italian event is complete without entertainment. The event will also feature an Italian pop and folk musical concert. Admission is free. Bring your family and friends along for an evening of fun and learning.

Global EAT - Flavours of Italy: A Food and Wine Tasting Affair
Vito Bruno, President of Pugliese Assoc. of BC and Antonio Dosi, National VP, Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori showcasing Italian Olive Oil. (Nikao Media)

Details

Date:
June 23, 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
associazionepugliese.bc.ca

Organizer

Associazione Culturale Pugliese della BC
Phone:
+001 604 299 0866
Website:
http://www.associazionepugliese.bc.ca

Venue

Italian Cultural Centre
3075 Slocan St.
Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4 Canada
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Phone:
+1 604 430-3337
Website:
italianculturalcentre.ca