2019 Spanish Food & Wine Open Day comes to GZ

BY :Molly Wong,Louis Berney

UPDATED :June 25, 2019

On June 21, the 2019 Spanish Food & Wine Open Day was held in Guangzhou to promote Spanish products in South China, and to expand the sales channels of Spanish wines and foods that have entered the Chinese market.

Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo, the Spanish Ambassador to China, welcomed 600 guests to the event. [Photo/FWS]

Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo, the Spanish Ambassador to China, welcomed 600 guests to the event, including exhibitors from 26 companies, professional visitors, local foodies and wine lovers, and media representatives from Guangzhou.

Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo (R2), the Spanish Ambassador to China, Jesús Gracia Aldaz (R1), the Consul General of Spain in Guangzhou, and Carlos Tórtola Sebastián (L2), the Chief Economic and Commercial Counselor in Guangzhou, are communicating with an exhibitor. [Photo/FWS]

Jesús Gracia Aldaz, the Consul General of Spain in Guangzhou, and Carlos Tórtola Sebastián, the Chief Economic and Commercial Counselor in Guangzhou also attended the event.

"Spain is a global leader in the food and beverage industry and a benchmark for the famous Mediterranean diet. The main Spanish foods and drinks such as wine, olive oil, pork and ham, fruits, dairy or canned fish are famous for their good quality,” said Tórtola. “During the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Spain last November, the two countries signed a new agreement to allow table grapes and more pork products to enter the Chinese market,” he added.

Visitors and exhibitors are exchanging ideas about wines. [Photo/FWS]

"Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world and the fourth largest supplier of bottled wine in the Chinese market. Exports to China continue to grow in recent years. Spanish wines have 70 denominations of origin (DO), which clearly reflects the joint efforts of Spanish producers to achieve the high quality of Spanish wines,” Tórtola introduced. “At this open day event, the guests are able to get a close look at the diversity and quality of Spanish wines.”


Iberian hams exhibited at the event. [Photo/FWS]

"Pork products are the main agricultural products exported from Spain to China. Spain is now China's second largest pork supplier and the largest supplier of ham. Iberian ham is the most expensive kind of Spanish ham, and is also widely believed to have good quality and taste,” said Tórtola. “Since the new trade agreement was signed, the sales of ham in the Chinese market have been greatly increased. Exhibitors here today also bring the world-famous Iberian ham to visitors.”

"Spain is also the benchmark for the world's olive oil, both in terms of production and export volume. At present, nearly 80% of the olive oil in the Chinese market is produced in Spain, and of course, they are indispensable today.”

Other signature delicacies are also served to visitors. [Photo/FWS]

Other signature delicacies, including Spanish chocolates, cheeses, seafood paella, and tapas (the tiny tasty snacks), are also served to visitors.

The flamenco dance is performed on stage to ensure authentic Spanish flavors. [Photo/FWS]

In addition to the product display, the event also had a series of cultural activities to showcase the unique charm of Spain. For instance, the flamenco dance, the famous Spanish performing art based on various folkloric music traditions originating in Southern Spain, was performed on stage to ensure authentic Spanish flavors. A chef from one of the exhibitors showed attendees how to cut Iberian ham into thin slices.

Guests pose for photos at the event. [Photo/FWS]
 
The event was co-organized by the Consul General of Spain in Guangzhou, the Food and Wines from Spain (FWS), and ICEX (http://www.icex.es/icex/es/index.html).

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