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Week of Italian Cuisine in the World

Week of Italian Cuisine in the World - Events across New Zealand 19-25 November 2018



5 November 2018 – for immediate release

Week of Italian Cuisine in the World: from 19th to 25th November 2018, various dates and locations (Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Queenstown, Christchurch)

The Third Week of Italian Cuisine in the World is an event coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with the purpose of promoting Italy’s most renowned exports: “the extraordinary Italian taste” and the pleasure of eating together the Italian way.

Last year, New Zealand was added to the list of participating countries (over 100 across the world) with 32 events organized across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

This year, the chosen theme is the Mediterranean diet, an environmentally and economically sustainable model with proven benefits for human health, and the Italian Embassy is coordinating a nationwide programme of events.

The Embassy is in fact supporting, in collaboration with Viavio Cheese, three dinners with renowned chefs Alessandro Cannata and Francesca Fucci. After significant experiences both in Italy and abroad in Michelin starred restaurants, they are coming from Ginevra, Switzerland, where they are now based, especially for this occasion, and they will be cooking at Giraffe in Auckland (20th November), Hopgood’s in Nelson (22nd November) and The True South Dining Room at The Rees in Queenstown (25th November). Alessandro and Francesca, who have always been fascinated by intercultural exchange in the Food World, will displayItalian culinary traditions’ and food and wine connoisseurship, distinctive traits of Italian identity and culture, using seasonal ingredients, with a particular attention to Slow-food philosophy and biological cultures.

The Italian Embassy is also sponsoring a free event in Wellington: Fabien Le Gall, a chef of Italian origin now living in New Zealand, will host a cooking class based on his nonna’s traditional recipes (in Wellington on 22nd November, free event, booking essential).

Furthermore, participating restaurants and organizations will offer a wide array of events showcasing authentic Italian traditions, high-quality products and regional specificities, ranging from special menus to cooking classes, from workshops to a seminar with a nutritionist, who will explain the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

This week will be an important window to what Italy has to offer, which is the riches of our land, the diversity of our regions, the quality of our food, our Made in Italy.

Make the most of it, immerse yourself into Italian culinary culture and, of course, buon appetito!

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