Palma de Mallorca, 20th Apr 10
MALLORCA FOOD & WINE NEWS
Local bodegas scoop 14 Bacchus Awards - Slow Food Movement Grows - Organic farms & restaurants - Flor de Sal Success - Tapas Fairs
Mallorca’s tourism industry has developed so much over the last 15 years with the introduction of rural holidays encouraging visitors to experience the “other”
Mallorca. Opening up the island’s countryside has in turn created a new focus on local produce.
Mallorcan Bodegas Win 14 Bacchus Awards
As Mallorcan bodegas cannot compete with the volumes of wine produced on the Spanish Mainland they have concentrated in recent years on producing fine quality wines and experimented with indigenous and imported vines. Last month in the annual Spanish Bacchus Awards in Madrid over 1600 wines competed from 21 countries and Mallorcan bodegas scooped up 14 prestigious Bacchus 2010 Awards with 4 Gold Bacchus were awarded to bodegas; José L. Ferrer, Obac Binigrau and Miquel Gelabert Fullana picked up two gold awards. In addition 10 Silver Bacchus Awards went to: Macià Batle, Butxet Viticultors, Can Majoral, Celler Sant Eugenia, José L. Ferrer; Miquel Gelabert Fullana and Vinyes Mortitx. Full information: www.skybluemallorca.com/public/Bacchus_2010_14_Awards
Slow Food Grows in Mallorca
In 2007 a Slow Food movement was established based on the premise set out by a worldwide organisation called “Terra Madre” which values good tasting food grown in a sustainable environment.
The Slow Food movement in Mallorca encourages, promotes and develops the production of “eco-gastronomic” produce. It works at all levels with fishermen, farmers, artisan food and bodegas, chefs and restaurants and promotes organic farming and the preservation of the local countryside. Slow Food also looks at all different varieties of produce such as almonds (90 varieties) and figs (180 varieties) to encourage farmers to grow more of the lesser known varieties and to promote their consumption when in season.
New: Ecorganic Gastro Bar, Calle Sol, Palma.
This new restaurant’s philosophy is to use organically produced foods or if they are unavailable to choose the most natural and sustainable products. Their aim is to offer appetizing, modern cuisine which does not tamper with the natural conditions of the produce. A special menu is offered at lunchtime for 14.50€ to include organic wine and with limited seating reservations are recommended. Tel: (+34) 971 495 412.
Ca Na Toneta, Caimari.
Sisters Maria and Teresa Solivellas have opened a restaurant within a small finca in the traditional Mallorcan village of Caimari in the centre of the island. Their philosophy is to produce menus based on locally sourced food – organic where possible. Reservations: (+ 34) 971 51 52 26.
Finca Sa Teulera, (near Manacor)
Is a working farm with dairy cattle which produce fresh un-pasteurised milk; natural yogurt and three types of cheese – all available at the farm or via their delivery service which also includes the delivery of fresh organically grown fruit and vegetables.
There are also pigs, chickens, ducks and sheep – some meat is available but this needs to be sourced direct from the farm. Information: www.mallorcaspirit.com.
Finca Son Barrina, Llubi.
Started in the late 1990’s Brendan, Connie and their family decided to make a commitment to organic farming. They also operate a popular farm shop which sells fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, honey, jams and wide range of grains. Full information: www.mallorcaorganics.com
Award Winning Flor de Sal
One of the island’s most successful products to have been launched in recent years is the crystal sea salt “Flor de Sal” which is farmed at Es Trenc in the south east of the island. Sophisticated packaging and marketing has successfully exported this product all over the world. Furthermore, it has just picked up two awards for “best packaging” and “best new health food” at the international GULFOOD event in Dubai. Flor de Sal now comes in 9 different flavours including some limited editions using organic local produce: www.flordesaldesestrenc.com
The third “Tapas & Pincho Fair” will be held in the S’Escorxador, Palma from May 13th – 16th . For full information on opening hours and a map go to: www.skybluemallorca.com
The “Art of Tapas” is an event held over the first weekend of every month at the Pueblo Español in Palma. Opening hours are from 12.00-23.00 and entrance costs 15€ per person to include five tapas and five drinks. Special child rates are available to also include games and attractions such as bouncy castles etc... Information: www.congress-palace-palma.com.
For further information, please contact:
Mallorca Tourist Board, Dominique Carroll / Anna Skidmore,
Tel:(+34) 971 725 396 Fax: (+34) 971 713 540
Further Press Releases:
FIVE NEW HOTEL OPENINGS IN MALLORCA SPRING – SUMMER 2013 (31st May 13)
GOOD NEWS FOR MALLORCA IN 2012 (09th Feb 12)
THREE KINGS - THE FESTIVITIES CONTINUE! (05th Jan 12)