The 4th edition of the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World will be held in November 2019, and Serbia has been a special place for this event since its inception
The event The Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World will take place for the 4th time in November 2019.
Last year’s Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World saw more than a thousand events organised in more than a hundred cities worldwide by the network of Italian diplomatic and consular missions, with the aim of presenting Italy’s culinary tradition and the Mediterranean diet that make Italy one of the world’s healthiest countries. Serbia has been a special place for this happening since the first edition.
In the cities of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš and Subotica, presentations of Italian food and wine, workshops for students and meetings with famous Italian Chefs have been organised by the Italian Embassy, in cooperation with the Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Italian Foreign Trade Agency (ICE), the Association of Italian Industrialists in Serbia, “Confindustria Serbia”, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Subotica and Subotica’s Piazza Italia Culture Centre, and with the support of Serbian and Italian companies.
The fair “Made in Italy in Serbia” has presented Italian food and beverage manufacturers who are not yet present on the Serbian market, while lectures on food in the Italian literature and seminars on healthy and properly grown food have been presented by Italian experts, who shared their knowledge and experience.
The Italian agri-food sector represents excellence that distinguishes itself in terms of quality, food safety, cutting-edge technological innovation, sustainability and biodiversity
The Italian agri-food sector represents excellence that distinguishes itself in terms of quality, food safety, cutting-edge technological innovation, sustainability and biodiversity. Italy is indeed a country characterised by major territorial and climatic differences that are reflected in exceptionally varied and unique cultures, histories and traditions. These characteristics have led to the formation of a large number of very specialised SMEs, often family-owned, which have found their place on the international market thanks to their products’ quality and uniqueness.
Among the winning factors of the Italian agri-food industry is a wide range of high-quality products, certified products at the top of international markets, close links with the territory and with Italian cultural heritage, high safety standards, an ability to combine tradition and constant progress and product innovation.
The Italian agri-food sector was valued at 61 billion euros in 2017, with exports totalling 41 billion euros. The sector’s share of total Italian GDP stood at 13.5%, while it is important to note that Italy is the number one country in terms of the number of PDO/PGI/TSG agri-food products recognised by the European Union, with 295 of them recognised as of 31st December 2017.