Cuba works in pursuit of sustainable gastronomy
Text and photos Mercy Ramos
Today, sustainable gastronomy constitutes a growing demand from people at an international level, since this means achieving a healthy cuisine that supports biodiversity and the preservation of culture.
This was precisely the main theme of the recently concluded 12th Edition of the Varadero Gourmet International Festival, which for four days addressed this topic, as well as that of Eco-cocktails.
In this regard, Jorge Luis Acosta Paula, General Director of the Palmares Extra-hotel Company that called the meeting, granted an exclusive interview to CubaPLUS Magazine, during which he highlighted the work that the entity develops in this regard to achieve better quality in the offers of its restaurants, both for foreign tourists visiting the island and for nationals.
The festival, he said, dedicated all its days of presentations, conferences and competitions, to this topic and, in them, the culture of the east, center and west of the country were also represented, which is a sign that we are going to the rescue of our cultural and historical values that we have in gastronomy.
Palmares, a leading restaurant company in Cuba, already has the first sustainable restaurant, Fabio, in Havana, which reflects the work carried out by the company to move from popular light gastronomy to a sustainable one, which means that "it is quality of life, it is health and we are in better conditions. What we have seen (during the festival) has a lot to do with the future of the restauration of Palmares in the country”, he pointed out.
Later he pointed out that the theme of Ecogastronomy is something new in the island and the fact that we have dedicated the Varadero gourmet to that topic shows the intentionality of the direction of the Ministry of Tourism in achieving this type of cuisine.
"It is the purpose of Palmares to position Cuba among the main destinations of sustainable gastronomy" and what we have had at the festival is the beginning of a great movement that will not stop, Acosta Paula finally assured. “The non-hotel company Palmares S.A. currently houses some 851 facilities, most of which are restaurants located in the main tourist centers of the country, among which the emblematic Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita stand out, with several franchises in the world.