The “taste of sustainability” is on stage at the 51st edition of Filo
The “taste of sustainability” is the space of the 51st edition of Filo, where ten companies of Biella are protagonists: Birra Menabrea, Biscottificio Cervo, Botalla Formaggi, Carni Botalla, Caseificio Pier Luigi Rosso, Centovigne, Gabba Salumi, Lauretana, Pasticceria Massera Gino, Proprietà Sperino; all of them are members of the section ‘Food and Beverages’ of Unione Industriale Biellese. The initiative is sponsored by Atl Biella, the Agency promoting tourism in the Biella area.
The ten companies bring to Filo the excellence of food, wines and beers from Biella, proposing two tastings: the light lunch following the inauguration of the 51st Filo edition (27th of February at 11.30 a.m.) and the Filo-cocktail at the end of the first day of the Exhibition (27th of February at 5.30 p.m.).
But which is the link between yarns exhibited at Filo and food products? Excellence, of course. But there is also the awareness that ‘taste’ – in its dual meaning of ‘delicious’ and ‘beautiful’ – cannot leave apart the sustainability of processes that lead to the creation of food and textile products. Starting from the purity of the ‘raw material’ that is essential for both textile and food industry: water.
Water – from rivers, lakes or glaciers – defines a territory, its landscapes, the life and the activities of its inhabitants, and as a result the products produced in that territory. Water from Biella area adds to all this a particular feature: it is lime-free and low in sodium. Therefore, within Biella district, the water that flows, which irrigates lands and pastures, which gushes from the springs, gives those old and rich in minerals lands its lightness, its purity and an acid ph. The result is a delight for palates: wines – with Nebbiolo at the forefront – beers, cheeses, meats, sweets from Biella area have their unique favour, due to the characteristics of its soil and water. Unique tastes that have been handed on from generation to generation thanks to a ‘territory culture’ that has been able to safeguard its ecosystem through production, processes and recipes respectful of the environment, of tradition and craftsmanship, adjusting to current consumers’ needs but without distorting them. Of all this, the companies of the Unione Industriale Biellese “Food and Beverages” Section are both architects and witnesses. And if we talk about water, Lauretana mineral water comes immediately to minds: this very pure water, thanks to its spring on Monte Rosa, is the lightest in Europe because of the peculiar characteristics of Biella territory.
Quality, lightness, fineness are also essential characteristics of yarns shown at Filo, made by companies that have long ago understood the “value” of water, the need to adopt processes that reduce consumption and the responsibility to return “clean” to territory the waters used for their own productions. To sum up, companies aware of the need to adopt sustainable production processes.
The area dedicated to the “sustainability of taste” is located on the first floor of Palazzo delle Stelline (Corso Magenta 61). During the two days of Filo (27th and 28th of February), exhibitors and visitors can find there all the useful information about food production of the Biella area.