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BioCultura: the eco-fair in Seville 26-28 February 2016

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_17246" align="aligncenter" width="299"] BioCultura is an eco-fair in Seville this weekend with more than 250 exhibitors - food is the strongest sector.[/caption] This weekend a major ecological fair - the most important in Spain, and in Europe - takes place in Seville, starting tomorrow. BioCultura is at the Palacio de Congresos de Sevilla ...

Andalucia Sabor: taste the region’s finest produce

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11789" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Andalucia Sabor is on 16-18 September, in Seville. Its theme this year is tapas."] [/caption] As I mentioned in last week's post, a cause for celebration in Andalucia - especially in these troubled times - is its wonderful gastronomy, now de moda in London, New York and ...

Where does the World’s Best Olive Oil come from? Why, Andalucia, of course!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11753" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="World's Best Olive Oils - nine of the top 10 come from Andalucia. Altogether now: We are the Champions..."] [/caption] I don't use capitals lightly, and, like most journalists, abhor blatant abuse of upper case letters almost as much as inappropriate apostrophes. So it is no ...

Cordoba olive oil wins top British award

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Anyone who lives in Andalucia, or who is an aficionado of Spanish food, will be well aware of the leading role played by "liquid gold" - olive oil - in the region's cuisine. An Andalucian breakfast is toast with jamon serrano, tomato and olive oil drizzled liberally all over it; it's ...

Ecosevilla II

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Last weekend was the second edition of Ecosevilla, following the launch event last October. There were more stands - 100, up from 70 - and the hall at FIBES Conference Centre looked and felt busier and fuller. There were stalls with organic food, drink, sustainable energy, handmade toys, environmental organisations, charities ...

Organic, eco and bio

Monday, August 29th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3735" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The new "bio" (organic) section in my local Carrefour."][/caption] Like many expats, I'm just back from my summer visit to the UK. Coming back here to Spain after a lengthy stay (five weeks) in England always, inevitably, gets me thinking about what I miss most. One of ...

Olives and millstones

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

One of the must-have ingredients in Andalucian cuisine is olive oil. And not just for cooking, either. I've been told to use it for stretch marks (bit messy), children's constipation (prefer orange juice, that way they get vitamin C too). I usually buy mine from a local producer, El Molino ...

Market forces

Monday, December 13th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2212" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Drinks at weekly organic market in the Alameda, Sevilla"][/caption] Today I'm going to talk about food, which is an obsession in Andalucia, in case you didn't know. And more specifically, food markets. Farmer's markets and organic produce are both part of life in the UK and US, and ...