29 January 2019: Slow Food movement in Italy
Our first day in Merano. „What will await us?“ Dry lectures? Not at all !! The students of the Cesare Ritz, Andrea Cuccato, Valentina Cipriani, Matthew del Negro and Maja Baldini informed us about the weekly program, their education and the Italian school system.
In multinational small groups, the students worked on presentations about Merano and South Tyrol. Then the students celebrated their reencounter with a cup of cappuccino, a croissant and other sweets.
Luca Gottardi and Andrea D`Angelo presented regional Slow Food products which will be used by the students on the open day. Zakria Iqbal presented the Slow Food movement in general.
Then, Martin Pircher, Responsable Slow Food del Presidio, lectured on Graukäse, which traditionally is produced in the Arnthal. The recipe is different from family to family and is passed from father to son and mother to daughter. The cheese ist rich in protein and does not contain much lactose and cholesterol. The Graukäse itself resembles the German Harzer Käse. Eventually, the students tasted the cheese together with the typical Pusterer bread.
Then the students worked in teams and collected information about the Slow Food Movement and the food presented by Mr Pircher. In the afternoon, we visited the winery MERAN. It is the absolute opposite of the traditional wineries in Würzburg – Modern architecture and flooded with light. There you can have good wine and enjoy the panoramic view over the Meran basin and the surrounding mountains. Finally at dinner in the cafeteria Cesare Ritz, the students planned their joint evening program in the town of Merano.