Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Slow Food Ortiz Market guided visit

Slow Food Southwest Florida Invites you on a culinary journey

What: Explore the fascinating foods at the Ortiz Flea Market with Santiago De Choch

When: 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14

Where: 1501 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers

Cost: $10 donation, benefits the Slow Food Southwest Florida community garden grants program

RSVP: slowfoodsouthwestflorida@gmail.com

Details: Santiago De Choch, an Argentinean-born world traveler, owner of Green Coaches and a Slow Food Southwest Florida board member, will lead this unique field trip at Lee County’s longest-running flea market, where the primary language is Spanish and the ambience resembles that of a south-of-the-border market. The tour will focus mainly on edible goods, examining what’s local and what isn’t, how it is grown and by whom. Learn about nopalitos, the edible pads of the prickly pear cactus; fruit known as quenepas; sugarcane and Mexican ice cream, among other things. Sample tacos al pastor, pan dulce and purchase fresh corn tortillas. You’ll also have a chance to shop at stands offering sombreros and boots, plants and piƱatas, religious items, CDs and a host of other items.

Don’t delay! This event is limited to the first 20 people who sign up. We expect a waiting list and Santiago has graciously volunteered to conduct additional trips in the next couple of months, if demand warrants.