Day 1: Benvenuto
Delegates arrived at Mursia Hotel in Pantelleria, Italy and gathered that evening for welcome to Pantelleria reception and dinner.
Day 2: A Day of Introductions
The Symposium formally opened at Cala Tramontana, with an overview of the Symposium and primer to the island basics: history, archaeology, architecture, food and wine. An evening at Donnafugata Winery included a vineyard tour, wine tasting and dinner.
Day 3: A Day of Capers
A day of capers in the town of Scauri was hosted by Bonomo & Giglio taking delegates from the caper field to production, laboratory, and then lunch, with plenty of capers, at La Nicchia restaurant. The day closed with a classic country dinner at Zinedi.
Day 4: The Mediterranean Diet — Pantescan and Sicilian-Style
An Oldways Symposium in the Mediterranean would not be complete without a nod to the Mediterranean Diet. The day began with a trio of experts providing nutritional background and perspectives on the Mediterranean Diet (historical, practical, and about successful aging). An afternoon cooking demonstration and lunch featured Pesto Trapanese and a wine tasting at Abraxas Winery. Dinner at the Pantelleria Dream Hotel included a cooking demonstration of one of Pantelleria’s signature dishes, Seafood Couscous, prepared by a Pantescan chef.
Day 5: A Pantescan Wellness Day
This day of health and wellness took delegates to visit the natural wonders of the island, beginning with a visit to the natural mountain saunas. A lunch at Basile Winery was followed by afternoon swim and cleansing mud bath in the Lago di Venere (Lake of Venus). Delegates also toured a dammuso, the traditional style home of the island.
Day 6: A Day of Tastings
Delegates were invited to the dammuso of Fausto Luchetti, long-time executive director of the International Olive Oil Council, where they participated in an olive oil tasting lead by Fausto. Delegates enjoyed lunch by the sea and a relaxing afternoon before the farewell dinner and exhibit of Pantescan products and wines from the island.
The Secrets of Pantelleria
This program provides a day-by-day itinerary of the trip, information about the culture and foods of Pantelleria, and recipes from La cucina di Pantelleria by Gianni Busetta.
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