Sunday, June 14, 2015

Negroamaro Wine Festival 2015

I already wrote about Negroamaro Wine Festival before. It's big cultural and enogastronomic event, where local producers can exposure their wine, oil, beer and other products. You can taste a lot of things from not only from Puglia Region, but from all Italy, since this event became bigger every year. This year there were about 300.000 people visited Festival during 5 days. About 200 producers presented their products and the festival occupied all historic center of Brindisi. Every evening there were 3 concerts with free entrance and many small bands sounded on the small squares of the center.
If you want you can just walk but you should buy the Ticket to taste delicious food and wine. There are two types of ticket - drinks and foods or only drinks. Also you receive a wine glass with special small bag-pocket to hang on the neck and put the glass inside so you have your hands free to eat)).
This May I participated a photography course with famous Italian photographer Cosmo Laera. Our a final task of the course was really important - we became a official photographers of Negroamaro wine Festival 2015. As we were 12, Cosmo divided us in 4 groups with different tasks - portraits, food, concerts and exhibitors booths. I was assigned to the Food group because of my previous experience on food photography.
He explained me some new technics of street food photography and here you can have a look at the result. Hope you like it and with to visit Negroamaro Wine Festival next year )) So we can meet)


Caramellized ham made by one local producer from the North Italy

 Dried meat and salami

Local fresh pasta. The grey color is because it's made from grano arso flour. Traditionally this flour was made from the bits of wheat that were left in the field after the harvest. The landowners would harvest the wheat and then burn off the stubbles that were left in the field, to be plowed under. But in that short period post-burning and pre-plowing, poor farm workers would hurry across the field, gathering the burnt remnants of wheat, which they would then grind into what was basically burnt flour.

Fast forward a few decades (or centuries) and no one is running out to the burnt fields anymore to augment their near-starvation serf diet. So what’s a chef to do? A few flour mills have been producing a newer version of farina grano arso, a type of toasted grano duro (duram wheat) flour that reproduces the nutty, smoky flavor of the original. Without the back breaking, stubble picking of course.

Orecchiette, which means ears, is local traditional whole wheat pasta. Traditionally cooked with cherry tomatoes and fresh cheese caccioricotta

Puddica - local type of focaccia with tomatoes, olives and acciughe

Focaccia with tomatoes and zicchini

 Some vegetable pate

Schiuma di mare - Sea foam, very small fish, that you can eat raw of marinated, fryed...

Tarallini are a type of baked South Italian snack that is similar to a pretzel or a circular biscuit, mostly savory, but can be sweet.

 So cute cheese)

 Calabrian hot spicy meat pate - nduja

 Taste the oil with local whole wheat bred - yummy!

 Sausiges and other meat delicious things

 Different vegetables you can eat with meat.

There were restorant that made show cooking with enormours pan
Of course for my work I merited some glasses of wine and a plate of tasty spaghetti))

Of course there should be sweets!
Traditional sicilian sweets with sweet ricotta - cannoli

traditional Lecce sweets - pasticciotti

Street band
Traditional Salento dance - Pizzica

Top view of the central square

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spring flowers in South Italy

It took a long time to write, but I was so busy with a new job. Here we have already a full summer time with the 30-degree heat, but I decided to write about spring), better late than never

Sometimes I make long walks, about 10km. This time I decided to go along the paths and trails in the National Park Torre Guaceto. I love to go there because it's really beautiful. I took a camera to capture these spring moments and show you all the beauty of southern Italian spring. 
Yes, I forgot to write that this is my favorite time of the year - not cold, but there isn't the stifling summer heat, and everything is blooming and green. So many ​​colors I had never seen anywhere else. And do not say that in Russia you can find it easily - I grew up in the Polar north, we did not have all these colors. I'm not saying Polar north is not  beautiful, but it's completely different!

 enjoy the beautiful flowers))

Let's start with poppies - I love them so much!

 in the last year I asked a friend-photographer to do a photo shooting in the field with poppies 

continue about flowers)

Almost every field is covered yellow flowers, and this is, by the way, the path 

White flashes on a a bright yellow field

There are a lot has purple, pink and various shades of them

This flower I liked particularly for its shape)

Interesting blue flowers, seems that they are shy and look down)

And just by a miracle, I found a few trees in bloom - I can not say almonds or apricots. We see that they have already given the leaves, because they usually bloom much earlier. Probably some late sort. But they were very beautiful!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sea fotoshooting with new white t-shirts

Finally the sunny and warm weather arrived! I waited too long this weather, because I have a lot of white t-shirts to make photos and better way to have the best photos of them is go to the see) What can be better the sea view and girl in white. It remind something about sunny summer, yachts at the harbor, time on the beach...
So, this Saturday the weather was perfect and we went to make photos. I've already made a trip around the town to see best locations.

Of course, how can finish so nice sunny morning? Eating in the air in one of the seaside restaurants))


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