Morocco, a Gastronomic Country

Photo: Moroccan spices

The third edition of the Gastro et Cia Awards, organized by the Spanish daily La Razón, crowned Morocco as the best international gastronomic destination. The jury, composed of personalities from the worlds of politics, economics, arts and culture, recognized the richness and diversity of Moroccan cuisine, which has preserved its originality and original cultural characteristics.

The organizers emphasized its Amazigh, Arab-Andalusian and Jewish origins, as well as those of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. This award is a tribute to a cuisine that uses quality products produced with patience and love.  At the ceremony held in Madrid, Mohamed Sofi, delegate of the ONMT, Moroccan National Tourist Office in Spain, received the award. In the presence of H.E. Karima Benyaich, Ambassador of Morocco to Spain. Mohamed Sofi was delighted with this international recognition and that Moroccan cuisine, one of the richest in the world, is so much appreciated for its multiple flavours and colours, the result of multiple cultural legacies.

Photo: Moroccan cuisine

He said that this award also demonstrates that gastronomy is currently considered to be "a very important ingredient in any tourism experience". And recalled on this occasion the richness of the Moroccan tourist offer, culture, business, seaside or sport. Morocco's culinary journey is not just about tasting exquisite dishes; it's about immersing oneself in a diverse culture and heritage that each bite represents. Moroccan cuisine tells a story of centuries of trade, migration, and creativity.

For those planning a trip to Morocco, the culinary journey is as important as the historical sites, the bustling souks, and the stunning landscapes. From the savory tagines bursting with flavors to the sweet delights of pastries like baklava and ma'amoul, there's something to tantalize every palate.

One can't discuss Moroccan cuisine without mentioning the iconic mint tea – a symbol of hospitality and an integral part of Moroccan culture. Sipping this aromatic beverage in a traditional Moroccan tea house, surrounded by the mesmerizing sounds and sights of the Medina, is an experience to cherish.

Photo: Relaxing with moroccan tea and homemade moroccan cookies

Don't forget to explore the markets and street food stalls. The medley of aromas from grilling kebabs, frying pastries, and simmering spices is a sensory overload. The Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakech, especially at dusk, is a whirlwind of culinary delights, where you can sample dishes like harira, a hearty soup, and freshly squeezed orange juice that's a true Moroccan delight.

Whether you're an adventurous foodie or simply someone who appreciates good food, Morocco's gastronomic scene offers something unforgettable. From the spices that perfume the air to the artistry in each dish's presentation, Morocco is indeed a world-class gastronomic destination. So, when planning your next adventure, remember that a trip to Morocco is not just a feast for the eyes but a tantalizing journey for your taste buds as well.

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