Verzino: local honey protagonist at “Dolce gusto”


By John

The honey from the bees of the Upper Crotone area is once again the protagonist with the third edition of “Dolce gusto di Verzino” scheduled in the small hill town on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 August. Two days dedicated to local honey produced by beekeepers managed by young and old who have chosen to stay in the area and bet on an ancient resource that represents one of the brands of that often little-known internal area. Educational workshops on bees and honey extraction, exhibition stands but also an interesting and suggestive excursion between the historic centre, rock caves and along the Vitravo valley with its natural pools and hidden waterfalls, are scheduled for the two days promoted by the Municipal administration with the support of the Calabria Region as part of the sustainable tourism promotion initiatives put in place by the Department of Tourism, Territorial Marketing and Mobility.

There will be entertainment with concerts of ethnic music which will close the evenings in the two days characterized by tastings of zero-kilometer products, demonstrations on the goodness of local honeys and workshops to underline the importance of bees in preserving biodiversity. During the event – curated by Maria Teresa Lapietra, director of the culture sector of the Municipality – Marco De.Co. for the Verzino honey. The municipal denomination was commissioned by the Municipality in concert with the local beekeepers who are growing in number. To the already active 12 companies (family-run) two more have been added, the latter born thanks to funds for marginal areas, which the city administration has managed to intercept and use to facilitate the birth of economic activities.

This was underlined by the mayor Giuseppe Antonio Cozza who, together with the municipal councilor Piero Bevilacqua, also a beekeeper, presented the two days dedicated to honey during a meeting held in Crotone in the “Borsellino” hall of the Province. Also with the mayor were the president of Gal Kroton Natale Carvello and the secretary Martino Barretta who have been following these and other initiatives for years related to the development of micro-supply chains and supply chains aimed at developing the typical products of the territories valued among other things also by the project on school canteens with organic products which brings together the Municipalities of Verzino and Cirò Marina.