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3rd edition of the sea urchin festival

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The "Technical journeys" highlight scientific research projects, sea urchin preservation and enogastronomy, in the municipality of Mafra, from 31st of March to 9th of April.

Ericeira is the host of this meeting that aims to show the potentialities of a delicacy still unknown to many, and that in those days will reveal all its flavor and potential. More than a gastronomic event, the festival is still the perfect opportunity to get to know this species, its habitat, biological characteristics and even social and environmental factors that currently threaten this marine creature.
The protection of the species is the motto of the "Technical journeys" held in the House of Culture Jaime Lobo e Silva, located in the center of the village of Ericeira, a series of sessions and lectures, held on April 1st, specifically dedicated to the research and projects related to the preservation of sea urchin.
The activities of the Conference will be promoted by researchers from the Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences (MARE). They will take stock of the situation regarding the fishing and the cultivation of sea urchin, as well as the strategies to carry out their economic exploitation without causing impacts on the wild populations. The "Ouriceira Mar" project, which will integrate the study on the ecology and exploration of sea urchins in Ericeira and adjacent regions, and "Ouriceira Aqua", will also be presented the cultivation of the species in the region and in Portugal.
The second part of this meeting is dedicated to the debate on Gastronomic Tourism, focusing on topics such as the impact of enogastronomy on culinary tourism, tourism promotion of resources and endogenous products and economic development of territories.
During the remaining days of the Sea Urchin Festival, the Municipality of Mafra, promoter of the initiative, also proposes to accompany and participate in a series of gastronomic experiences in the 24 restaurants, in whose menus the sea urchin acquires a special And showcases of pedagogical showcookings and tastings, on Saturdays, April 1 and 8, in the Municipal Market of Ericeira, attended by renowned national and international chefs.

TECHNICAL JOURNEYS

Saturday | 1 April 2017 | 09h30 - 13h00 Auditorium of the House of Culture Jaime Lobo e Silva, Ericeira Participation free of charge (by stocking the room)

OPENING CEREMONY OF TECHNICAL MEETINGS with Mayor of Mafra, Hélder Sousa Silva

PART ONE

ABUNDANCE, DISTRIBUTION AND EXPLORATION OF THE SEA URCHIN (PARACENTROTUS LIVIDUS) IN THE ALENTEJANA COAST, Speaker: Nuno Mamede, Researcher at MARE, Laboratory of Marine Sciences, University of Évora.

ADVANCES AND NEW CHALLENGES FOR THE CULTIVATION OF THE SEA URCHIN (PARACENTROTUS LIVIDUS), Speaker: Susana Ferreira, Researcher at MARE and Adjunct Professor at the Higher School of Tourism and Technology of the Sea (ESTM) at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.

OURICEIRA SEA PROJECT: ECOLOGY AND EXPLORATION OF SEA GARDENS (PARACENTROTUS LIVIDUS) IN ERICEIRA AND ADJACENT REGIONS, TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE TO FISHERMEN, MANAGEMENT AND REPOVALATION, Speaker: José Lino Costa, MARE Researcher, Coordinator of the University of Lisbon and Auxiliary Professor of FCUL, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

OURICEIRA AQUA PROJECT: AQUACULTURE AND FINISHING OF THE GOURMADS OF THE SEA URCHIN (PARACENTROTUS LIVIDUS), Speaker: Ana Pombo, Researcher of MARE and Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Master in Aquaculture of the School of Tourism and Technology of the Sea (ESTM) of the Institute Polytechnic of Leiria.

SEA ALGAE ON HUMAN FOOD Speaker: Leonel Pereira, Researcher at MARE, Life Sciences Department, University of Coimbra.

PART TWO

GASTRONOMIC TOURISM

Debate on the impact of enogastronomy on gastronomic tourism, tourism promotion of resources and endogenous products and economic development of the territories.
Moderator: Alexandra Prada Coelho, journalist Público newspaper.
Guests at the table: Mafalda Patuleia, Lusófona University Tourism Director Bruno Ramos, Marketing Director of the Schist Villages Albano Silva, Director of the Vila Galé Group.

CLOSING OF TECHNICAL CONFERENCES

SHOWCOOKINGS

PROGRAM

Saturday | April 1 - Chef Justin Jennings (Australia), DownUnder Restaurant in Lisbon Chef António Alexandre (Portugal), Endògenos and Lisbon Marriott Hotel, in Lisbon and Chef Pedro Mendes (Pt), Maria Pia Restaurant, Cascais Saturday |

Saturday April 8-Chef Roberto Sihuay (Peru), Restaurants Ceviche 103 and Nikkei 103 in Barcelona, Chef António Alexandre (Pt), Endògenos and Lisbon Marriott Hotel in Lisbon and Chef Paulo Morais (Pt), Restaurant Rabo d'Pêxe, Lisbon Mafra Wine & Beer Pairing.

Saturdays | Days 1 and 8 April 2017 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Municipal Market of Ericeira.
Tastings and wine by the glass, wine harmonization, craft beer, initiatives to be in parallel with the gastronomic creations of the invited chefs at the event's showcooking sessions. Producers present, Quinta de Sant'Ana, ManzWine, Adega Cooperativa de Azueira and Mean Sardine Brewery Ericeira

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