2020 Giaz

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Giàz was an idea dreamed by farmer Myrtha Zierock to conduct a vegetable tasting as if it were a wine tasting. It was the first tasting of unusual, unknown or simply underestimated winter vegetables. The idea was in the height of the Alpine winter, a dish can be more colorful and tastier than in the summer by the sea. Giàz was held at the Agricola Foradori winery & farm and welcomed eleven young innovative farmers from around northern Italy to share their winter vegetables with 180 attendees.

The background, according to the Giàz website:

As Agricola Foradori we are called to participate in various wine tastings all over the world, where you can taste, tell, share the work done in the field and cellar, captured in the bottle. We compare ourselves between producers tasting and discussing, and we are surprised by the reactions of visitors. Like it? What don't you like? Why do you prefer one wine over another? Who lets himself be conquered by history, who follows his palate?

Working in biodynamics where crop diversity is of great importance, we added horticultural production thanks to the return of Myrtha, creator of Giaz. In the wealth of experience and knowledge between Portland (Oregon) and Montreal (Quebec), meeting with Lane Selman of the Culinary Breeding Network was one or more illuminating.

For years Lane has been organizing vegetable tastings, called "Variety Showcase", themed with horticultural research projects coordinated by the Culinary Breeding Network. The search for varieties to be protected, in addition to the culinary passion, has led to the collaboration between Lane and Myrtha, with the aim of increasing awareness of the Italian horticultural heritage we have. Especially in winter.

In the group photo are the participating growers from the regions of Reggio-Emilia, Lombardia, Piemonte, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Marche and Toscana who came together to create excitement about winter vegetables. Together, with guidance from Myrtha, they pulled together an inspiring event with the grace and beauty you would expect from Italians. They also created a community feeling and connections that will last far into the future.
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