UN­ESCO bid to ac­knowl­edge paella's great­ness

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VA­LEN­CIA will sub­mit a pro­posal to the UN­ESCO for the tra­di­tional rice dish to be­come part of the world her­itage.

By Joe Wick­man VA­LEN­CIA will sub­mit a pro­posal to the UN­ESCO for the tra­di­tional rice dish to be­come part of the world her­itage.

The in­sti­tu­tional dec­la­ra­tion was pro­posed by the PP and ap­proved by all par­ties, with the gov­ern­ing team go­ing so far as to im­me­di­ately cre­ate a team of ex­perts who will work to ob­tain the merit and more in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

The dec­la­ra­tion starts by ex­plain­ing that ‘the paella is the cen­tre of Va­len­cia prov- ince’s gas­tro­nomic tra­di­tion’, and adds to its bid by say­ing that ‘the paella is tied to fes­tive prac­tices in our land’, as the UN­ESCO con­sid­ers food­stuffs if they have a sig­nif­i­cant rit­ual, art or cook­ing method as­so­ci­ated to them.

Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives said they be­lieve the UN­ESCO bid will be suc­cess­ful as they look for a mix of tra­di­tion and mod­ernism, in­clu­sive­ness, that it rep­re­sents a cer­tain geo­graphic lo­ca­tion and that it in­volves the en­tire com­mu­nity – all of which the paella ac­com­plishes in spades.

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