:: THE TAORMINA BNL FILM FEST 2005 BECOMES A TASTE FESTIVAL TOO
"Sicilian Agriculture" and "Taormina Arte"
A perfect couple to promote the agricultural, food, wine and gastronomy in Sicily
Thanks to an agreement with Taormina Arte signed by the Regional Agricultural
Member, On. Innocenzo Leontini, the Sicilian agriculture and food is the protagonist
at the Taormina BNL Film Fest. The enterprise is called "Sapori di Sicilia
alla Ribalta, lo Spettacolo del Gusto" (Sicilian Flavour in the limelight:
the show of the flavour). There are different meetings with the Sicilian products
inserted in the exhibition. It is possible to see and taste wine, cheese, salami,
oil, honey and sweets of the famous Sicilian Confectionery, they are offered
at the end of the morning after the press conference, then in the afternoon
you can take part to the guided tasting that is called "Ciak
greedy) - it consists in a real sensorial lab guided by the experts
of the Regional Council, and it is a true way of discovering the rich Sicilian
wine and gastronomic tradition. Besides, the most famous agricultural and food
productions of the island enrich the prestigious gala dinner at the end of the
"The agreement signed together with Taormina Arte - the Regional Member
Leontini asserts - can be insert in a wider and more complex program of promotion
and enhancement of the Sicilian agricultural and food production, considering
that Sicily takes part in famous national and international fairs and exhibitions"
"I am sure - Leontini says- that the agricultural and food development
and the improvement of the Sicilian wine and gastronomic tradition must be proposed
in a program that can join the home, cultural and tourist aspects.
Assessorship for Agriculture and Forest
Coordination "Information and Communication"
The Taormina BNL FilmFest 2005 becomes a Taste Festival too.
Sicilian wine is a great protagonist of the "exhibition" Sicilian
Tastes on the limelight: the taste show, organized by the Assessorship for Agriculture
and Forest of the Sicilian Region. Sicilian wine, with its strength and its
marked personality, represents with great success this wonderful island all
over the world. "The value of our wines is revealed by our sun, and its
beneficial rays - as Dr Roberta Bonsignore, expert of the Assessorship for Agriculture,
explains - this was already well known by the Phoenicians and the Greeks, who
were the first to introduce the growing of vine in Sicily. After thousands years,
the Sicilian wines still preserve a genetic inheritance which is handed down
from so far. Insolia, Cataratto, Moscato and Malvasia are only few of the autochthonous
Sicilian wines mentioned even by Pliny and Colummella. Our land, as everybody
knows, is very fertile and can give something special to every production. Since
many years and in a very careful way, our work has been steered to bear in mind
what history, traditions and the daily work taught us; but, at the same time,
every useful innovation to the growth of this charming field has been introduced".
During the exhibition and tasting of the Agroindustrial Sicilian Specialities,
held every day at the Corner "Sicilia Agricoltura", on the fourth
floor of the Congress Hall, after the press conferences our best Sicilian wines
(Nero d'Avola, Grillo, Nerello Mascalese, Marsala, Zibibbo, etc
) and exclusive
and famous specialities of Sicilian confectionery will be offered.
The milk shape: cheeses
The exhibition of Taste at the Taormina BNL FilmFest 2005 goes on. We can speak
about "FormaFest", because this time the great protagonists are the
Sicilian Cheeses. "Milk, rennet, salt
if we read only the ingredients
- as dr Antonio Arrabito says, an expert who works by (the Regional Agricultural
and Forest Council) l'Assessorato Regionale Agricoltura e Foreste - we can never
imagine all the different kinds of cheese in Sicily. And be careful: they are
only typical, unique and remarkable Cheeses that have a story, a tradition and
a myth. Sicily in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea is in the heart of this
geographical area where there is the most rooted cheese tradition. But if we
must speak about cheese we have to start by speaking about Pecorino. It is produced
in the whole island and it is the most ancient cheese, if we consider that the
Cyclops Polifemo was a shepherd and a good maker of Pecorino. But you can taste
a lot of cheeses here at the Festival: the Provole from Nebrodi, Madonie and
Ragusane, the Vastedda from Valle del Belice, that is a rare pecorino cheese
of melted paste, the Caciocavallo Ragusano and at the end the Piacentinu Ennese,
where in its production phase the saffron is added, as the Norman Ruggero did
and used its antidepressive quality for his wife who was greedy of cheeses.
It is possible to appreciate these particular cheeses in the exhibition and
tasting of the Agricultural and food Sicilian Specialities that takes place,
every day, in the Corner "Sicilia Agricoltura" (Sicilian Agriculture)
on the 4th floor at the Palazzo dei Congressi after the Press Conferences, and
in the guided tasting that takes place at 08.00 p.m. in the "Giardino di
Bacco" at the Grand Hotel Timeo.
The real quality: The Sicilian extra vergine olive oil.
Considering the different records given to Sicily it is important to remember
the excellent quality of most extra vergine olive oil and its peculiarity given
by taste and flavour and the fact that it is produced in the particular and
historical places here in this island.
Our oil has got biological, alimentary, and healthy virtues that are showed
in the human diet just as an aspect to prevent different diseases that are spreading
in the western countries. Polyphenols, sterols, poly-saturated fatty acids,
and selenium, are some elements of oil that, by having a high biological value,
are plenty in the extra vergine olive oil. Thanks to the work and the passion
given by the olive growers and olive crushers together with the support of a
team of experts of the Council, the Sicilian extra vergine olive oil has been
one of the first in the most national oil exhibitions and now it is also consumed
in those country that start using it.
A strong making know of this noble product is occurring in Taormina thanks to
The BNL Film Fest, and it is appreciated by different members of the cinema
world and so it is advantageous for the new image of our land
Translations by Iolanda Nastasi