The Mediterranean diet will be subject to scrutiny in Azerbaijan next month to see if it qualifies for the UNESCO title of World Intangible Heritage. The bid, supported by the Algarve town of Tavira among other communities, will be considered during the first week of December.
The UNESCO committee will have to vote on 31 separate candidatures from across the world.
Six other communities are supporting this year’s nomination of the Mediterranean diet. They are: Agros (Cyprus), Brač and Hvar (Croatia), Soria (Spain), Koroni/Coroni (Greece), Cilento (Italy) and Chefchaouen (Morocco).
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”.