The city of Vic (Barcelona), which has the only public truffle market in Spain, will host an international congress on truffles between January 25 and 27 with the intention of putting the entire professional sector in contact and disseminating the values and the culture of these edible fungi.
The congress will be organized by the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Food of the Generalitat, Vic City Council, the European Mycologiocal Institute (EMI), the Forestry Science and Technology Center Consortium of Catalonia (CTFC) and the Procurement Market and Mercado en Origen de Vic, linked to the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona.
As reported by the Generalitat, the Trufforum International Congress is an international event conceived by the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation "European Mycological Institute" (EGTC-EMI), of which the CTFC is a founding partner, which arises with the aim of promoting the responsible use of the European truffle in homes and restaurants, educating consumers about this product.
The first edition of this congress took place in Zaragoza in February last year, when Catalonia presented its candidacy with Vic as a host city and was chosen between two other cities (Guadalajara and Soria).
According to its organizers, Trufforum 2019 aims to consolidate this world congress to become a meeting point for the professional truffle sector, to spread the values and culture of this fungus and to popularize its use in cooking and gastronomy.
In addition, it wants to boost an agri-food and agricultural sector emerging as is the cultivation of truffles.
The city of Vic has the only fish market in Spain with prices for selling truffles and its region, Osona, has a great tradition in the collection of wild truffles, which is a strategic product in the promotion of its gastronomy.
The organizers have advanced that the congress will go directed so much to the professionals as to a more general public.
The most specialized side will include lectures and presentations where shared initiatives of interest to other territories and technical advances in the cultivation of truffles will be exhibited.
The part most linked to citizenship will be very broad and there will be a set of popular activities aimed at amateurs and gastronomes related to the world of cooking, a truffle market and a contest of truffle dogs, among others.
The truffle is known for its aroma and flavor, and is one of the privileged ingredients of international cuisine.
Currently, there are about 180 species of this genus in the world, being the black truffle (T. melanosporum) the most appreciated of those produced in Catalonia.
The black truffle is found wild in southern Europe, mainly in France, Spain and Italy, although it is occasionally found in other countries in the Mediterranean area.
In Catalonia, the truffle has an important presence, representing 30% of the truffle surface known in Spain.
It is found mainly in the limestone areas of the middle mountain of the Pre-Pyrenees and the Pre-coastal mountain range and has great potential for the development of its cultivation.
The cultivation of truffles occupies about 1,000 hectares in Catalonia and can become a complementary activity to traditional agricultural activities, diversifying the rural economy and favoring a territorial rebalancing.