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The Basque Country is the guest of honor at the Ibero-American Gastronomy Fair this weekend in Buenos Aires


Poster for the second edition of the FIBEGA Fair
Poster for the second edition of the FIBEGA Fair


A large institutional and professional delegation from Euskadi will attend the Ibero-American Gastronomy Fair (FIBEGA) this weekend in Buenos Aires to promote the Basque gastronomic and food sector.  As this year’s guest of honor, the Basque Country will have a large stand at the fair September 15-17 at the Sociedad Rural, providing information on touristic and gastronomic opportunities, as well as participating in conferences, workshops, wine tastings and “cooking shows” featuring pintxos. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The delegation representing the Basque Country at the FIBEGA is led by Isabel Muela, Vice-Minister of Tourism and Peli Manterola, Director of the Basque Government’s Quality and Food industries.  They will be accompanied by Andoni Luis Aduriz, chef from the Mugaritz Restaurant; Edorta Loma, Chef from “A Fuego Negro” Restaurant in Donostia; Ines Baigorri Manager of the Association of Bodegas of the Rioja Alaveza (ABRA), and Joxemari Aizega, Director of the Basque Culinary Center.

The second edition of FIBEGA will take place September 15-17 at the Rural in Palermo and is open from noon to 10pm daily. Tickets are available here.  After the success of the first edition, the hope is that this year some 60,000 people visit the fair.  “It's important for Euskadi to have been chosen as the special guest this year since it implies a recognition of its role as a reference on the world culinary and gastronomic scene,” the delegation stressed.

Complete FIBEGA Program
(The program is still tentative and so may be modified)

Friday, September 15
-12:00, Official Fair Inauguration.  Ribbon cutting and inaugural procession.  Euskadi as special guest, will participate in the inauguration and will be represented by: Isabel Muela, Peli Manterola, Sara Pagola, Andoni Luis Aduriz and Joxemari Aizega. When the delegation passes by the stand an Aurresku will be performed.
-15:00, Cooking show featuring pintxos prepared by Edorta Loma. Place: Euskadi stand
-17:50, Conference “Euskadi-Basque Country, a Culinary Success Story” by Isabel Muela and Peli Manterola. Place: Auditorio FIBEGA.
-19:00. Pintxo cooking show by Edorta Loma. Place: stand Euskadi

Saturday, September 16
-15:00, Pintxo cooking show by Edorta Loma. Place: stand Euskadi
-16:00, Wine tasting as part of the wine workshops, directed by Inés Baigorri, sommelier manager of ABRA. Place: Wine tunnel.
-17:30, Lecture by Joxemari Aizega “Basque Culinary Center: Training, Research and Gastronomic Innovation” Place: Auditorium FIBEGA
-18:30, Workshop on Basque Haute Cuisine of pintxos presented by Chef Edorta Loma. 45 minutes. Place: Auditorium FIBEGA
-19:00, Basque wine tasting (rioja alavesa, txakoli and cider) directed by Inés Baigorri. Place: Euskadi Stand

Sunday, September 17
-13:00, Pintxo cooking show directed by Edorta Loma. Place: Euskadi Stand
-14:30, Ibero-American Chefs Meeting with the participation of Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz. Place: Auditorium.
-15:30, Wine tasting (rioja alavesa, txakolí and cider), directed by Inés Baigorri. Place: Euskadi Stand.

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