I am delighted to tell you that the “Motlle de pastisset” earrings that I designed a few months ago based on a traditional element of Menorcan pastries, have recently been selected as winners, along with nine other products from Europe, in the 1st European Food Gift Challenge, a contest organized by IGCAT to reward local food-related crafts. The event took place in Kuopio, European Region of Gastronomy 2020-2021, on September 10. Within this set of selected pieces, there is another product made in Menorca: a Talla-Coques (cutter) made by Silvia Vivó with olive wood.
The Fundació Foment del Turisme de Menorca, through the Centre Artesanal de Menorca launched a call for artisans to create products to represent Menorca as a European Region of Gastronomy in this contest. Four of the products presented were chosen, which were the ones that finally traveled to Finland to participate in the final selection.
With a view to support and give international visibility to local producers who manufacture unique items related to the regions’ culinary traditions, the following 10 products were selected as European Food Gifts 2020:
-Willimaku gift collection (Kuopio) including spruce sprout syrup, dandelion buds “capers” and non-alcoholic sparkling drink with meadowsweet taste by Willimaku company;
-Shipping basket from Trøndelag (Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022) including a variety of local artisanal products ranging from cheeses produced in Gangstad Cheese-Factory, to marmalade and honey from cooperating companies
-Talwimaku Christmas present by Willimaku company (Kuopio) including Mulled wine concentrate and mulled wine marmalade;
-Creamy honey with Isabella grapes by Mr.Bee, Nika Poslek s.p. (Slovenia, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021);
-Organic honey by Virtalan tila farm (Kuopio);
-Vegan hazelnut butter by Farm Košec (Slovenia);
-Canned garlic pike by Haapaniemi Travel (Kuopio);
-Talla-Coques by Syf-Artesana (Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022) a pastry-cutter made of wild olive wooden tool used to cut coca (typical pastry from the island);
-Clay hot pot holder (Slovenia);
-Pastisset flower biscuit cutter earrings by Núria Deyà (Menorca).