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AlpFoodway Final Community Forum: the Alps meet in Milano in the name of food heritage

On Tuesday 29 October, during the #AlpFoodway Final Community Forum, organized at Palazzo Lombardia in Milan by Lombardy Region and Polo Poschiavo, Canton Grigioni, AlpFoodway partners presented their project results and the guidelines to turn food related techniques and traditions into elements of a sustainable development strategy for the Alps.
Within the project, anthropologists, territorial animators and communities have worked together to identify and describe the 150 most relevant traditional practices, which have become part of a choral and transnational story within the online archive www.intangiblesearch.eu. The project also worked to overcome the contrast between food heritage cultural and economic valorisation: in fact, the latter, provided it is well managed, can help strengthen the former (more on commercial valorisation). The research and pilot actions carried out within AlpFoodway show that, at product level, the key lies in differentiation from similar industrial products, and, at territorial level, lies in shared choices that valorise traditional practices without distorting them.

Now the baton passes to the actors of the Alpine territory: during the event the 14 project partners entrusted them with their own vision, 10 food heritage management strategies consistent with the 2030 United Nations sustainability objectives that will help restore the centrality to the Alps as a model of sustainability, as explained during the meeting by anthropologist Annibale Salsa.

In short, the project co-financed by Interreg Alpine Space ends but the work to consolidate what has been achieved in the Alpine regions involved is only beginning. An important step in this direction is the transnational nomination of the Alpine Food Heritage to the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which the project promoted through the publication of a shared Alpine food heritage charter (https://www.alpfoodway.eu/paper/english). Everyone can contribute to the success of the nomination process by signing the petition on http.www.alpfoodway.eu. "This application is special, because it does what it claims," ​​said Harriet Deacon, UNESCO facilitator and Visiting Research Fellow Coventry University, UK. "Not only does the nomination have the credentials to be accepted by UNESCO, but it can become a model for others, for the presence of a transnational inventory and for its truly participatory approach".

To conclude the event, a few communities from the Aps brought eleven traditional food-related practices to Piazza Città di Lombardia. Here, guests and conference attendees were able to learn about the ancient varieties of apples, discover the use of wild herbs in various parts of the Alps, understand the techniques to build barrels or dry stone walls, see how butter is made on the mountain pasture and how pork is processed and finally taste Alpine breads and traditional recipes.

 

Final Community Forum slideshow

ALPFOODWAY FINAL COMMUNITY FORUM PROGRAMME

When and where: October 29, 2019, Palazzo Lombardia - Milan

Morning programme in Auditorium Testori

09.00-09:30 REGISTRATION

9:30-10:00 OPENING SESSION AND WELCOME SPEECHES

AlpFoodway Photo Contest Special Mention: Valle d’Aosta School “Fondazione per la Formazione Professionale Turistica” Châtillon (IT)

10:00 - 11:00 ALPFOODWAY PROJECT RESULTS

10:00 – 10:05 WELCOME BY THE INTERREG ALPINE SPACE PROGRAMME

10:05 - 10:30 INVENTORYING, SAFEGUARDING, COMMERCIAL VALORIZATION AND TRANSMISSION OF ALPINE FOOD HERITAGE
Through relevant examples of Alpine food supply chains, starting from the Inventory of Alpine ICH – IntangibleSearch.eu, the project partners explain the work done in the project and the interdisciplinary approach adopted in AlpFoodway. 

10:30-11:00 ALPINE FOOD HERITAGE CHARTER  
The Alpine Civil Society commits to safeguarding the Alpine Food Heritage: Farmers and food producers, citizens of the Alps; cultural and educational institutions; scientific institutions; tourism organizations; media, journalists and influencers; food processing businesses and retailers; restaurants and chefs; national authorities; local and regional authorities.

11:00-11:15 Alpine Break

11:15 – 11:30 ALPFOODWAY VISION PAPER
Presentation of the strategic document related to policies safeguarding Alpine Food Heritage and their impact in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Saša Poljak Istenic, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology ZRC SAZU (SLO)

11:30-12:30 IMPLEMENTING THE ALPFOODWAY VISION PAPER

11:30-12:00 Round Table 1: ALPINE FOOD HERITAGE AS A STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

12:00-12:30 Round Table 2 CULTURAL POLICIES FOR THE GOVERNANCE OF MOUNTAIN PERIPHERAL AREAS

12:30-13:00 UNESCO INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE NOMINATION PROCESS FOR ALPINE FOOD HERITAGE
The Nomination process to inscribe Alpine Food Heritage in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, launched by AlpFoodway during the Austrian EUSALP Presidency 2018, is now supported by the President of Lombardy Region Attilio Fontana and by the Italian EUSALP 2019 Presidency. Will this complex process, involving Alpine communities of the EUSALP area, continue with the future French Presidency and can it count on the support of the other Alpine Regions?

13:00 – 13:15 ALPFOODWAY ALPINE COMMUNITIES PRESENTATION
Alpine communities present themselves and their living Food Heritage practices

13:15 – 14:00 EXPERIENTIAL VISIT TO THE ALPINE COMMUNITIES AND THEIR LIVING FOOD HERITAGE PRACTICES IN THE CITTÀ DI LOMBARDIA SQUARE. Authorities and guests will be accompanied by Project Partners

Apple Juice preparation and exhibitionof ancient varieties of apple; manufacture of “silverware”, wooden bowls and ladles, made by a craftsman;

Preparation and baking of traditional alpine breads; Traditional Valpelline Seuppa dish; Sheep shear; Harvest and use of wild herbs; Making traditional meat products; Dry stone walling; Traditional recipe preparation Rate-ki krapi; Preparation and making of traditional butter and cheese; The art of woodworking, the cooper.​

 

LIVING ALPINE FOOD HERITAGE PRACTICES WILL BE PRESENT IN THE SQUARE TILL 18:00

 

14:00 ALPINE BUFFET

Press releases about the event

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