Faro hosts first Mediterranean Diet Festival

A gastronomic festival designed to promote the Mediterranean Diet will take place on May 22 at Faro’s hotel and tourism school.

Organised by the regional development board (CCDR-Algarve), the event promises everything from food tastings to cooking and table-setting competitions and exhibitions.

At the same time, students from the hotel school will be hosting their yearly ‘Sentidos e Tradições’ fair, which will also feature “local food” as well as handicrafts and musical performances.

In December 2013, the Mediterranean Diet was considered World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO. The diet is described by UNESCO as “the set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions, ranging from the landscape to the table, which in the Mediterranean basin concerns the crops, harvesting, picking, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly sharing and consuming of the cuisine”.