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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
@philhopkinsuk
8:00 AM 18th April 2021
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Food Glorious Food In Formentera!

The Spanish island of Formentera has launched a new ‘slow food map’ so that post-COVID visitors can savour the delights of the Balearic Isle’s traditional cuisine, local products and distinct flavours.

The smallest of the Balearic Islands has long been recognised for its slow and laid-back way of life and, thanks to a great variety of fresh seafood, organic produce and sustainable agriculture being deeply rooted in its traditions, Formentera has also obtained the ‘Arca del gusto’ (translated as ‘Ark of Taste’) status, granted by the International Slow Food Organisation.
Now, a new digital map locates various locally owned businesses across the island where visitors (and locals) can buy organic produce, taste local flavours and learn more about slow food in Formentera.

From fruit and vegetable markets to vineyards and producers of olive oil made from locally grown olives, the map highlights the great gastronomic heritage of the island and its historic reliance on local products.

WHAT TO TRY IN FORMENTERA
Cooked, grilled, stewed or fried; accompanied with rice or on its own, fish is one of the staple products on the island. Dried salted fish, known as Peix Sec, has in particular become a characteristic of Formentera’s cuisine. In a traditional way, handed down from the Phoenicians, the fish is first soaked in ‘sal morra’, a solution of water and salt, and then naturally dried in the sun and wind while hanging from juniper trees. Once dried, it is kept in glass jars and served on lettuce, with bell pepper, onion, and crispy bread, making it a simple, yet full of flavour dish.

WHEN TO VISIT FORMENTERA

Although Formentera is known its slow vibe and relaxed way of life all year round, foodie lovers should consider visiting the island outside of the summer season. Every year*, during the first two weeks of May and October, Formentera holds its Gastronomic Weekends when the island’s best restaurants offer special menus at a set price. In addition to affordable prices, the event provides visitors to Formentera with a unique opportunity to taste traditional dishes with a modern twist.

Local restaurants, food markets and eateries across Formentera are adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols set out by the local government, ensuring that visitors remain out of harm’s way and able to enjoy the incredible culinary scene Formentera has to offer in 2021.

Download Your Map HERE:
https://www.formentera.es/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/mapa-slow-food-2020.pdf