LONDON, September 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
The delegation of local businesses organised by Regione Calabria has filled the rooms of Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2018 with the tasty flavours of their indigenous delicacies.
The exhibition by Regione Calabria lifted the veil on the immense variety of the local gastronomic production, from nibbles to treats, through more traditional staples like pasta, sauces and the beloved nduja.
The dedicated cooking demo station attracted a large crowd of visitors and exhibitors alike over the course of the three-day fair, curious to learn the secrets of the popular Mediterranean Diet behind Calabrian people's above-average longevity.
On the first day, a trio of renowned culinary ambassadors composed by London-based celebrity chef Francesco Mazzei, TV and radio personality Federico Quaranta and regional chef Antonio Callipari engaged the Fair's patrons with a lively show, where they served hot-off-the-stove fresh cavatelli with broccoli and stockfish, and braised pork cheekbone to a hungry and admiring crowd.
In the afternoon, chef Antonio Callipari introduced a regional spin to the most famous British street food, the fish and chips.
Antonio Callipari's personal interpretation of this traditional signature dish laid entirely on typical Calabrian ingredients: tempura-fried Mediterranean stockfish with mashed PGI Sila potatoes and PGI Tropea red onions, served with a cloud of Sibari rice cracker.
Other regional dishes prepared by chef Antonio Callipari include:
- fresh fileja pasta with ricotta cheese, spicy nduja and anchovies;
- Calabrian risotto with Sibari rice, PDO Sila caciocavallo cheese, PGI Sila potatoes, pork cheekbone topped with breadcrumbs toasted in basil sauce;
- fresh maccheroni al ferretto pasta with stockfish, pancetta on a bed of pumpkin and fennel purée, topped with PDO Sila caciocavallo cheese.
Mario Oliverio, President of the Regional Council of Calabria, commented, "We are extremely satisfied with the welcome and attention Calabrian delicacies, culture and lifestyle have received at the latest Speciality & Fine Food fair in London. Leveraging on the globally known virtues of the Mediterranean Diet, we took this opportunity to showcase the most appealing touristic and culinary itineraries our wonderful Calabria is able to offer to foreign tourists. We would thus like to thank the Calabrian companies that attended the fair for their collaboration in the success of our mission and regional excellences."
SOURCE Regione Calabria