2015 September vacation? Cous Cous Lover? Your destination is San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily

SAM_4434 copyIn the enchanted land of Sicily, there  is a beautiful village by the blue sea :
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Every year San Vito hosts a huge culinary competition featuring great cous cous dishes from all over the world. SAM_4358 copy
This year France, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal, Tunisia, USA were dueling for the Cous Cous Awards.
Italy’s Chefs Andrea Provenzani e Giuseppe Salmeri won big time, and their recipe “my Sicily” got awarded twice by the popular and the technical jury.

The winner dish: amberjack, onions, Marsala, fennel pesto, pistachio and lemon, almond milk and coffee powder.

The winner: amberjack, onions, Marsala, fennel pesto, pistachio and lemon, almond milk and coffee powder.

 
The Award for the most original dish went to French Chef Marion Roger with Chiara Cilio who created an amazing verbena ice cream topped with a bittersweet cous cous.

A french "delicatesse": verbena ice cream with bittersweet couscous topping

A french “delicatesse”: verbena ice cream with bittersweet couscous topping. Awarded as most original

 

 

 

 

 

The best presentation award went to Ivory Coast native Abibata Konate, known as Mama Africa. who runs a small inn in Palermo. Her plate was throwing a message   of peace and integration, and showing a black hand and a red heart.

Mama Africa with best presentation winner dish

Mama Africa with best presentation winner dish

The feast continues all around the town.SAM_4408 copyFrom morning till late night, You can find everywhere traditional dishes, Sicilian pottery, local products, original handcrafts, great fish specialties and of course delicious cous cous. a lot of it, cooked by dozen of street vendors. SAM_4398 copy

 

Cous Cous Fest in S.Vito Lo Capo. Bravi ragazzi!

Every year the beautiful Sicilian town of S.Vito Lo Capo hosts a huge Cous Cous Fest featuring a contest to award the best, the most original and the better looking
cous cous of the year.
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Experts and Chefs superstar from all over the world meet here to create and cook dozen of yummy dishes.in the kitchen  copySAM_4263 copy

The kitchen is a real battlefield, the temperature is heating up, the stress is on! Everybody is working hard. although I think that the “i veri eroi”
( the real heroes) should be considered the great guys from the Palermo.’s Institute Pietro Piazza coordinated by Professors Rosario Picone and Vincenzo Prinzivalli.

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Always with a big smile on their faces.  Bravi ragazzi!
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