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No doubt Extremadura cuisine is notable for the quality and specialty products. From the finest delicacies as pata negra hams, shoulders, loins or sausages to the most exquisite cheeses of sheep or goats without forgetting the variety of wines (white, red, parenting, reserve, etc.) as well complement this traditional cuisine. The amplitude of the pastureland of this land favors fattening Iberian pigs providing high-quality food.

The emeritense capital has been designated this year as Latin American Capital of Culture 2016 Gastronómica by the Latin American Academy of Gastronomy recognizing, through it, the gastronomic excellence of our region. The Academy, founded in 2009, aims to promote research, dissemination and protection of own regions and Latin American peoples gastronomic activities. This title, supported by business, government, food critics and foodies, was delivered last year to Guanajuato (Mexico) and in January 2015 the official designation of Merida as Latin American Capital of Culture Gastronómica proclaimed.

“The Latin American Capital of Culture will Gastronómica Mérida and Extremadura during 2016 in national and international orbit, said the mayor emeritense the signing of a cooperation agreement between the municipality and the gastronomic academy last year.

Taking advantage of the news, we inform you that the Spanish Association of Journalists Specialized in wine (AEPEV) consisting of 110 journalists has traveled to Extremadura and delivered today Friday, March 18 at the Parador de Turismo Via de la Plata Merida their awards from the seventh edition of the awards for the Best Wines and Spirits of the AEPEV. Members of this association will be three days in Extremadura, visiting wineries and visiting Merida, Trujillo and Almendralejo.

From Travel Via de la Plata organized the route Ribera del Guadiana Wine and Jamon Iberico Route through which you can enjoy various activities related to Extremadura cuisine