World's biggest gastro fair
The three day annual Madrid Fusion gastro fair – claimed to be the biggest in the world – is currently underway in Spain's capital city with a veritable Milky Way of Michelin stars in attendance or performing on stage.
It's the 18th Fusion and features top chefs from Spain - Joan Roca, Albert Adrià, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Dabiz Muñoz and Lucía Freitas to name drop just a few – along with chefs from other countries like Australia. Not just about food, it also encompasses Enofusion; a wine event, and The Drinks Show, which revolves around the world of cocktails.
Our Mallorcan delegation to the show, sent out by the tourist authorities consists of a couple of chefs and producers of food and drink. Under the broad strapline of "Mallorca is quality, ecology, respect for the environment and artisanal work," producers of largely ecological products like salt, spices, olive oil and wine
show off their products
The two chefs involved Marga Coll and Miquel Calent are there to give talks and demonstrate their talents with a spot of showcooking on stage at the fair. Marga is chef at the top Miceli restaurant and has the Miceli Bar (photo) in Inca market, a popular 'lite' version of the restaurant in the convivial setting of a bustling food market.
She talked about the bar's policy of seasonal and zero kilometre food and its relationship with small, local food producers and demonstrated it with 300 portions of cuttlefish and black pork meatballs, real surf and turf.
Miquel Calent from Cuit restaurant on the 8th floor – it has great rooftop views – of the Hotel Nakar in Palma is due on stage today and will show how to cook a gateau with almond oil and 'tast limon' from agromallorca and courgettes with paprika spice from Crespi.
The Mallorcan presence at the fair is obviously a great demonstration of the quality cuisine and products on offer from the island and one which will hopefully encourage more discerning tourism to the island.
Well done to all concerned.