#gustosiciliano - The 150th Anniversary of Averna in Sicily!
I hope you are well and you are enjoying your Thursday!
Even if I am back in Zurich, my mind is still in Sicily and to all these memories that I created last week because of the 150th Anniversary of Averna!
From the first time when I received the invitation I was so sure that it will be an amazing trip! And of course it was!
As you have already seen on my IG, my trip was full of unique and fascinating experiences in Palermo, Italian Capital of Culture 2018, and its countryside. That's why today I chose to share with you all the details about my trip!
First of all, the reason for this trip, was to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Averna. Averna is the Authentic Italian Amaro. Since 1868, Amaro Averna has represented true Sicilian craft with a story rooted in heritage and tradition. Its recipe transmits the flavors and aromas of the land it comes from and has become a staple in every Italian home, passed down from generation to generation.
In 2018, the Sicilian after-dinner amaro celebrates a new historical milestone: 150 years of conviviality and tradition, set against a backdrop of unsurpassed beauty. On this very special anniversary, they look back on Averna journey, intrinsically linked to that of Sicily!
On these days in Sicily, we had the opportunity to enjoy an exciting journey and to discover the tastes, the colors and the excellence of the Averna motherland.
Our trip started in the Sicilian countryside, discovering the roots of Averna immersed in its beautiful territory. A lemon harvest experience and a fresh lemonade was the best start for our trip!
The lemon harvest was followed by a ‘Festa Siciliana’ in a characteristic Sicilian villa, where Piero Fici - the Averna’s Master Blender – introduced us the right way to enjoy our favorite Averna ! Of course on a night 'Fiesta Siciliana' couldn't be without amazing Italian food with homemade past and of course accompanied by lively music!
Our journey continued with 'Carattere Siciliano' , four unique and so Sicilian experiences and encounters throughout Palermo guided by true Sicilians. It was a morning full of tastes, flavors and voices of this stunning land, discovering the ancient and contemporary Sicilian identity.
Our morning started with an authentic Italian breakfast made by one of the most acclaimed and Sicilian chefs in Italy and Europe, Palermo-born Filippo La Mantia! Then we had the opportunity to walk with him around the Ballaro Market, and feel the real Palermo vibes and of course to taste Sicilian steet food!
Our next stop was at one of the oldest and best Botanical Garden in the world, which is in the center of Palermo! Our host there was the Perfume Maker Meo Fuscini . The scents and aromas of the Mediterranean are never far away from Perfume Maker Meo Fuscini’s creations. Growing up in a coastal village in rural Sicily, his love of organic sensations led him to dedicate his life to translating his olfactory memory into poetic fragrances!
After our tour at the garden, traditional small Sicilian cars waiting for us , for a real tour around the city!
After our lunch, we had the opportunity to enjoy the Italian sun and the pool of our hotel, and tp get some rest before the Anniversary Dinner!
The dresscode of the dinner was elegant attire with a Sicilian Twist.That phrase can describe exaclty that night in the old cathedral in the heart of Palermo!Everything was so elegant with spots of Sicilian Twists! I think you can easily undestand it when you will see the photos of the set of thi dinner!
Being Sicilian is not just heritage, it’s a way of life. Thank you so much Averna that you gave me the opportunity to feel that way of life, with you in Sicily. I really can't wait to be there again!