Mediterranean gastronomy of Catalonia lands in Australia

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In celebration of the rich wine and gastronomy scene in Catalonia, the Catalonia Tourism Board and the Costa Brava-Girona Tourism Board presented a series of gastronomy-related events in the cultural and food loving cities of Melbourne and Sydney, timed to coincide with the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards ceremony which took place in Melbourne on the evening of 5 April 2017.

Melbourne programme

The highlight of the Catalonia Gastronomy Week is “Brunch with the Stars” where the stars were the Roca Brothers from the three Michelin-star Restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. LATTE was present as they presented their newest project “From the Earth to the Moon” and shared their experimental and innovative culinary experiences at a press conference for Australian and international media on 5 April.

Following this, the media was served a traditional Catalan brunch complete with Catalan Cava and designation of origin Empordà wines.

Hosted in Australia for the first time since its inception in London 15 years ago, the highly esteemed World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony saw world-leading chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, media and influencers from around the globe come together to celebrate the finest of global gastronomy; while chefs and restaurants contend for the award “Best Restaurant in the World 2017”. Michelin Star chefs Joan and Jordi Roca, from El Celler de Can Roca Restaurant in Costa Brava, which won the title of World’s Best Restaurant in 2013 and 2015, are among the stars attending this prestigious awards ceremony.

Not just exclusive to the media, the general public in Melbourne also got to enjoy the culinary delights of Catalonia. At Tinto restaurant’s G’day Olé degustation event, a Spanish dinner highlighting the wonderful similarities between Melbourne and Barcelona through cuisine, attending guests stood a chance to win amazing lucky draw prizes that include an Economy Class air ticket to Barcelona via Singapore Airlines, a two-night stay in a classic Paradores organised by Ibertours, a food tour by Aborigens and Codorniu Cellar visit by Codorniu.

This degustation dinner at Tinto is one of the many tantalising gastronomy events under the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Sydney programme

Over in Sydney, six restaurants (Encasa Lane Cove, Encasa Deli, Encasa Pitt Street, Encasa Express, Pitt St Diner and Can Cava Pintxos & Wine) put on a special Catalan menu for the week, as part of the Barcelona Food Week from 3 – 9 April, organised in partnership with the Catalan Association of New South Wales. Foodies will get to try some traditional Catalan dishes, like Fideuà, Fricandó and Crèma Catalana, paired with a range of Catalan wines.

Catalonia is named European Region of Gastronomy 2016, an honour that reflects the quality of its agricultural and culinary heritage and its tourism industry, and highlights the excellence of its produce, cuisine and traditions. Home to 54 Michelin – starred restaurants and a total of 65 Michelin stars between them, backed by years of culinary history; Catalonia has a wealth of smells and flavours to share with the world. Be prepared for a week of culinary inspiration and discovery as we bring a taste of Catalonia to Australia.

In addition, to celebrate the year as a European Region of Gastronomy, the Catalan Tourism Board tied up with Expedia to create its own landing page that spotlighted Catalonia’s rich gastronomy and wine scene. Look out for the special rates offered by gastronomic hotels all around Catalonia. These gastronomic hotels specialise in Catalan cuisine and proudly bear the gastronomic hotel emblem which guarantees the quality of accommodation.

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