The first action of cooperation in theme of research between the Scientific Committee of The Chocolate Way and the Route of the Emperor Charles V, produced a Congress, held on November 7th 2014 in Alicante with the theme “Changing of European habits with the introduction of colonial products since the time of Charles V. An example: Chocolate”.
The two Scientific Committees works together to find joint research in the following areas: food and influences in European customs in relation to food that crossed the Atlantic, diffusion in Europe of colonial ceramic products, promoting culinary tourism routes.
The event was the result of joint activities between The Chocolate Way and the Route of Charles V, in particular to emphasize the processes and historical developments that have seen the participation of European countries, thus entering in the perspective of international cooperation between the itineraries, intercultural dialogue between partners in different countries and cultural training.
In fact, the audience was also composed of 60 students from the University “Miguel Hernandez” of Elche and feeding professional schools of Jijona and Alicante.
During the conference there was the presentation of the two itineraries, and then it was treated the theme of the influence of the colonial products in the habits and customs of Europe from the time of Charles V. Great importance and space had the chocolate that, among all products imported, stood out right away for the many characteristics and properties so beloved by the European courts.
The event was attended by several teachers representing the countries involved including: Quintin Correas Domingo, the Professor Claudia Moller, Filippo Pinelli, the Professor Istvan Szaszdi Leon-Borja and the Professor D. Angel Carbonell Barrachina.
During the conference, was presented a historical research on trade flows of raw delivers cocoa from Latin America and Europe. This research was then delivered by Filippo Pinelli in Guayaquil to Juan Francisco Ballen M., Deputy Minister of Policy and Foreign Trade Services of Ecuador who, appreciating the initiative, will work together with the Minister of tourism of Ecuador, to the realization of the “Ruta Cultural del Cacao”. The project of the “Ruta Cultural del Cacao” is a project that The Chocolate Way, with the collaboration of Prof. Jordi Tresserras (University of Barcelona) intends to promote through the network UNESCO in at least six countries of Latin America.
The theme was discussed by The Chocolate Way at EXPO 2015 in Milan, in the theater area of the Cluster Cacao and Chocolate.