Myth and Malvasia in the Aeolian Islands
It’s human nature to be free. The freethinkers we know and admire flock to the Aeolian Islands; a cluster of little volcanic miracles located off the Northeast coast of Sicily. From Panarea, to Stromboli, to Salina, and on, Greek mythology whispers tales of King Aeoleous and how he was appointed by Zeus to be the Ruler of the Winds—calming the seas and arousing them again. Amidst these Tyrrhenian waters, thrive in the endless tactile journey of colors, textures, and tastes of the Mediterranean diet: wild fennel, oregano, rosemary, citrus fruits, olives, and more hot weather vegetables.
Niche agriculture is uninterrupted by the rest of the world. From the extraordinary capers to the Malvasia grapes, everything is saturated with flavor, a combination of sun and sea. The traditional Aeolian cuisine was poor, consisting of soups, breads, wild greens and humble sea fish. Locals even used to be famous for making a soup out of stones, boiling ocean rocks for minerals and flavor. Fortunately for us, Culinary Adventurers, things have improved over the years. Islanders always have been, and always will be, real characters. Men fish, gather and play cards, dine for hours on end telling the same familiar stories, dig around on their land, and dabble in other peoples business. Women clean their houses, tend to their children, and run small shops.
Life is not unlike it has been for thousands of years. Everyone keeps their eye on the sea to watch for newcomers, for each new visitor breathes life into the pre-loved terrain. For this Culinary Adventure, Peggy joins her friend and collaborator, Fabrizia Lanza, at her Fabrizia’s family’s wine resort Capofaro in Salina. From there, you can glimpse at three of the other islands, including Stromboli, which is often erupting. With rich, black volcanic soil and lush green plants set against the pure azure of the ocean, Salina is one of the most beautiful places in the world. From there we will venture back to mainland Sicily and visit winemakers and artisan producers beneath Mount Etna, and of course, spend time at the fish market. Join us this September in this new adventure!
Even named it one of the Top Places to Visit in 2015!