The Fest of Grains 2021

Past editions: The Fest of Grains 2021

“THE SEEDS OF THE FUTURE: RESILIENCE, EQUITY AND SUSTAINABILITY”

Due to the pandemic emergency from covid-19 and waiting to be able to reschedule the festival in collaboration with a Mediterranean host country, the Cerealia Festival network of promoters created a six-month celebratory program for the tenth anniversary of the event. Different face-to-face initiatives, in hybrid or online mode have been scheduled from June to November 2021. The program gave space to the community value of the project, expanding its transdisciplinary dimension, in particular by deepening the themes of respect for the environment, sustainability, resilience and well-being. The many events that, from June 9th to November 30th 2021, took place in seven different regions (Lazio, Puglia, Sicily, Lombardy, Umbria, Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia), addressed cultural, food and environmental issues. The activities have given wide prominence to the dissemination dimension of the Cerealia project, which for over ten years has given value to cultural and scientific dissemination, to reconnect the links between production areas and consumers' tables, to rediscover and deepen uses and customs based on respect for the land and of its fruits; to enhance the tangible and intangible heritage of Italy and the Mediterranean. The focus on rice envisaged various in-depth initiatives, in particular in Sicily, Lombardy and Piedmont, while at the end of the festival a transdisciplinary conference of an informative-scientific nature was held in Rome, with the participation of important representatives of institutions and bodies of research. Various activities were dedicated to young and very young people, with insights for the United Nations International Year of Fruit and Vegetables 2021 (IYFV). All the activities were carried out in compliance with the anticovid rules and the majority were free to participate.

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