The 5th anniversary of the classification of the Mediterranean diet as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO was signaled yesterday by the chamber of Tavira, as a representative community of the lifestyle.
The distinction was attributed to 4 December 2013 in Baku, Azerbaijan, and there have been many initiatives since then to promote the Mediterranean diet.
"From the outset, the awareness that it is a food regime of excellence that goes beyond the gastronomic side. It is the perpetuation and revival of traditions, the valorisation of the endogenous products cultivated and consumed in their own epochs and according to ancestral rituals, passed down from generation to generation, in an environment that appeals to conviviality, not forgetting the adoption of a healthy and active lifestyle ", Says the Tavirense municipality.
Of the various activities that took place during this period, under the Safeguard Plan, the executive led by Jorge Botelho highlights, among others, the Mediterranean Diet Fair, which takes place at the beginning of September each year since 2013; the thematic exhibition in the Municipal Museum of Tavira and itinerant exhibition (that has covered the country); the "Mediterranean Diet Tours and Meals" and the "Mediterranean Diet all year round", with the participation of the community and schools; registration and investigation of manifestations associated with the Mediterranean diet; the introduction of the Mediterranean diet and food education in national school programs; and the joint elaboration with the other partners of the Mediterranean Diet Safeguard Plan for the Algarve region.
The municipality of Tavira guarantees that it will continue working "in the sense of safeguarding the tastes and knowledges of the Mediterranean Diet and its genuineness, so as to honor the commitment assumed as a representative community of Portugal."