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South Tyrol Gourmet Update

( A land that is unique in flavour and taste, South Tyroleans pride themselves on using local and seasonal produce in their kitchens, which is reflected in restaurants throughout the region
South Tyrol Sparkles with Michelin Stars
The Michelin Guide 2007 identifies eleven restaurants in South Tyrol as worthy of a Michelin star, with twelve stars in the region in total – twice the number featured in the 2006 guide. Three of these are in just one valley, Alta Badia. Norbert Niederkofler has been awarded a second star in the 2007 Michelin guide for his St Hubertus restaurant in St Cassiano. La Stüa di Michil Corvara and Restaurant Schöneck in Falzes/Pfallzen are both tipped to receive a second star in 2008.

Homegrown delights
New for 2007, the village Campo Tures / Sand in Taufers boasts a restaurant that solely uses home-grown herbs in all its produce. Highlights on the menu at Restaurant Arcana ( include mountain herb lasagnette served with a tomato puree for starter, grilled trout with mint pesto and potato crostini for main and fruit salad made with fruit from South Tyrol.

News for Wine Buffs
In the 2007 Gambero Rossi guide, 23 of the region’s wines were awarded the prestigious Italian wine award, four more than in 2006. South Tyrol’s vineyards benefit from the warm climate, south facing slopes and mineral rich soil that all help the region produce award winning wines.

New for 2007, Weinstraβenwochen (Wine Road Weeks festival) will hold events at 15 wine growing estates from 3-19 May. The ‘wine road’ weaves all the way through the vineyards next to Lago di Caldaro/Kalterer See, the warmest lake in the Alps. Follow the trail right up to the finale for the Nacht der Keller (Wine Cellar Night) where 40 wine cellars will be open to the public.

Vegetarian specialities and festivals
With regional specialities including “Speck” (smoked meat) and roast venison with polenta and smoked meats, visitors could be forgiven for thinking that there’s not much choice for vegetarians. On the contrary, vegetarian dishes feature heavily on South Tyrolean menus with regional specialties including ravioli filled with spinach and cheese and potato-filled ravioli with sauerkraut. Michelin starred Zur Rose includes several vegetarian dishes on the menu including lasagnette of basil stuffed with onions, potatoes and smoked curd cheese.

South Tyrol is home to weird and wonderful food festivals with the following events suitable for the strictest of vegetarians:
• During the Yoghurt Festival which takes place from 12 to 29 July 2007 all restaurants in the village of Vipiteno cook dishes using yoghurt
• Vipiteno will also be home to the Knödelfest (dumpling festival) on 9 September 2007
Dumplings are a regional speciality and there’ll be with various fillings on offer, from savoury options like spinach, cheese or ricotta to apricots or plums for those with a sweet tooth
• A Bread-and Strudel market will take place in Bressanone from 28 to 30 September 2007
• The South Tyrolean milk festival takes place from 1-2 September 2007 in the Malga Fane/Fane

Press Information Deborah Zani Pfarrplatz 11 I-39100 Bozen Tel.: +39 0471/ 999 888 Fax: +39 0471/ 999 800

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