VÍ Vid Reviews the forthcoming Gastronomy Competitions.

We have reflected before on the growing number of Gastronomy Competitions in the Valencian Community being introduced as a means of publicising both local traditional dishes and maximising tourism from it, something supported by the Valencian Government and local town halls….and popular with tourists, 73% of whom come to Valencia for the local food and wine.   We have already reported on two `Concursos´held earlier this year which were in their second editions, in Cullera and Betera. During September there are two []

VÍ Vid visits Bodega Joan de La Casa, DO Alicante.

There is a significant trend in winemaking, particularly amongst small wine-makers to avoid using chemicals in the process, including even sulphites. Only natural products are considered acceptable such as manuring the land by allowing local shepherds to let their sheep pass through the vineyards and  the use of crops grown between the vines which act as a green manure.  There is a total respect for the land and the natural flora and fauna, the environment as a whole and much of the []

VÍ Vid Returns to Kiko Port, Oliva.

Back in February we visited Kiko Port restaurant during their Jornadas del Arroz, a month dedicated to traditional rice dishes  from La Safor. We were very impressed with the dedication to producing food with a Km.0 philosophy, sourcing the ingredients  and only choosing the best, artesan products such as olive oil, rice, embutidos, fish and vegetables from local quality producers. We reported then on one of the many varied menus available. On Wednesday 19th July,  as we had a nearby bodega visit []