NUR-SULTAN – The sixth edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World was held from November 22 to 28 in the Kazakh capital and in Almaty, the press service of the Italian Embassy in Kazakhstan reported.
A total of 15 events were organized showcasing the superb ingredients, creative recipes and sustainable concepts of the Mediterranean diet and their customs of hospitality. On the program, meetings and cultural and culinary events.
Launched in 2016, the event is one of the flagship initiatives of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the annual promotional program called “Vivere all’Italiana” (Italian way of life). It aims to promote not only the traditions of Italian cuisine but also the concepts of hospitality, sustainability, well-being associated with the Mediterranean diet, listed by UNESCO among the intangible cultural heritages of humanity since 2013.
This year the theme was Tradition and Perspectives of Italian Cuisine: Awareness and Increased Appreciation of Food Sustainability to highlight the Mediterranean Diet as a model of healthy and sustainable eating and lifestyle.
According to Italian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Marco Alberti, the event also aims to strengthen Italian food traditions and show that quality and sustainability are important.
“Food and fashion are important industries for Italy,” said Alberti at the opening of the “Italian Beauty Dinner”, one of the most emblematic events of the week, dedicated to cuisine and fashionable.
“The forecast for 2021 is for 80 billion exports (+ 17% compared to 2020) for fashion and related sectors. It’s the same with Italian cuisine. In 2019, The Economist published an analysis of the specific value of different national cuisines, measured from what people around the world eat away from home. Italian cuisine was by far the most influential in the world and the one capable of expressing the greatest force of attraction,” said the Italian Ambassador.
He also explained what makes food and fashion so iconic for Italy. “It’s the ability to turn premium ingredients not just into products but into experiences. The second reason is that there are thousands of small and medium enterprises working in these two sectors. The hallmark of Italy is quality and style together,” he added.
In Kazakhstan, the Italian Embassy organized the events in cooperation with the country’s Italian institutions and local partners.
Italian Food Week started with a conference dedicated to good food for the earth. A sustainable and regenerative agricultural model in cooperation with the Future Food Institute of Bologna, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Kazakhstan State Agrotechnical University was presented at Nur-Sultan . Workshops on sustainable nutrition for schoolchildren, a seminar on food, the history of hospitality, a master class and a festival of wine and Italian food in Almaty were also held.