The just ended Bellavita London Exhibition (July 19-21) at London Business Design Centre in Islington was not only the largest Made-in-Italy gastronomy expo held outside Italy; it was also a gastronomy celebration of the very best in Italian food and wine.
In its second outing, Bellavita garnered 7300 visitors over 3 days and 208 exhibitors including 109 in the organic and bio-dynamic categories.
This year also saw the Bellavita Theatre stage host live events and presentations, as well as cooking experiences with celebrities as Massimo Bottura, Francesco Mazzei and Aldo Zilli.
There was also the introduction of the all-new Bellavita Awards 2015, the first international awards programme to be entirely dedicated to authentic Italian food and wine. Judging took place during the show by a panel of up to 213 high-profile, UK-based food and wine experts.
As the year before, Bellavita London 2015 was the place to be for those wishing to discover the latest trends in Italian food and drink.
Bellavita London 2015 Highlights
Bellavita Best Wine
Tenuta del Paguro was awarded the wine ‘Squilla Mantis’ a superb wine that ages for 12 month at a depth of 25 metres under sea in an abyssal darkness inside the Paguro platform wreck.
Bellavita Best Food
L’Antica Cascina won the food section thanks to their ‘Pecorino all’Olivo’, a special cheese that ages one month in a terracotta jar covered with olive leaves to get the perfect aroma.
The Bellavita Shop (www.bellavitashop.co.uk)
This year’s Bellavita Expo officially launched the Bellavita Shop, a new e-shop for London Based consumers active from autumn 2015. The shop will make home deliveries of high quality Italian food and drink products.
‘Bellavita Best UK Sommelier 2015’
Vincenzo Arnese from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal won the ‘Bellavita Best UK Sommelier 2015’ by the UK Sommelier Association.
Matteo Montone from The Ritz London and Ramiro Fernandez from Fredericks came in swcond and third respectively.