Prince Charles supports traditional food producers

Newsroom 19/05/2008 | 15:42

During a picnic on a hill above the World Heritage-listed Fortified Church, and in the shadow of a Saxon Citadel, Prince Charles tasted cheeses, jams, smoked sausages and other traditional products of the area. He spent time discussing the products and the importance of protecting traditional food and culture. Among the producers were members of Romania's first Slow Food movement, formed to preserve traditional jam recipes using local berries and fruits. The Prince was particularly impressed with a rhubarb jam from the group and was keen to buy some to take back to England.
The royal also visited his newly restored property in the Saxon Village of Viscri. The house was purchased by the Prince who has had it converted into an upmarket guesthouse to help promote sustainable tourism in Transylvania. The traditional Saxon house will be managed by Count Tibor Kalnoky who was asked to restore and furnish the house based on his experience restoring his own family estate. Prince Charles's visit to Saschiz and the picnic with the local producers was organized by Fundatia ADEPT, which works with both local communities and the Romanian government to provide solutions to the challenges facing traditional agriculture in Romania and to promote a sustainable future for rural Transylvania. The work of Fundatia ADEPT receives long-term support from Orange Romania, and the firm's CEO, Richard Moat, was also present for the Prince's visit.

Otilia Haraga

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