HPA2015  Performance Award

Mattia Vacca (Italy)

Time: June 27-28, 2012

Place: Sardinia, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Barbagia is a mountainous area of the Italian island Sardinia with beautiful nature and little isolated villages where people still lives respecting traditions working most of sheep-farming. “Casu Marzu” is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese, notable for containing live insect larvae. These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese’s fats. Because of European Union food hygiene-health regulations, the cheese is outlawed; however, it remained possible to acquire it on the black market, where it could sell for double the price of an ordinary block of pecorino cheese.




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