Events organized by the Mediterranean Diet have multiple objectives: raising awareness and informing the public and public authorities about the Mediterranean diet, presenting the latest results and data gathered from published studies, planning, discussing and presenting new techniques to produce components of the diet, examining innovative ways of spreading and advocating greater awareness about the Mediterranean diet.

Here are some of the events that have recently been organized by the foundation:

The “Controra di Primavera” Manifestation, Ostuni, April 23 and 26 and May 1st, 2015

In collaboration with other local groups and associations, in April 2015 the Urbiterre association organized the 2nd edition of the “Controra di Primavera” in Cisternino, a village of ancient origins in Southern Italy. The event boasted a full program dedicated to multifunctionality in agriculture in view of the Expo Milano 2015 which was about to be inaugurated in Milan.

Called “Art, culture and rurality” the program included excursions, food tastings, workshops, music, exhibitions, educational and didactic activities concerned with protecting the local culture, the environment and the landscape, and seminars promoting economic and social development. Agriculture, which can contribute as an innovative factor to the economic, cultural, and civil renewal of the area, requires new skills and competencies to make it attractive once again to the younger generation.

On May 1st the Urbiterre association in collaboration with a local journal “Portagrande,” organized a seminar entitled “Diet, territory and sustainability: a patrimony to protect and to enhance” The seminar was held in the context of an agriculture fair animated by social and economic objectives.

Towards Expo 2015, Ostuni, February 7, 2015

Carried out in collaboration with the Mediterranean Diet Foundation and the Lions Club, the “Towards Expo 2015” meeting was, as its name implies, a preparatory step to Expo 2015 Exhibition (Milan) . It was held on February 7, 2015 at the Hotal Incanto located in Ostuni.


The latest results gathered by the European Project Quaefety were outlined at a presentation during the annual trade fair held in February 2015 in Berlin. Researchers were on hand to answer questions throughout the time the fair was open.

The Inauguration of the Mediterranean Diet Foundation, Ostuni, April 20, 2012

The official inauguration of the Mediterranean Diet Foundation was held on April 20, 2012 at the Grand Hotel Masseria Santa Lucia during which the President of the Foundation, Prof. Crepaldi, outlined the Foundation’s activities.

During the inauguration the article entitled, “Bioavailability and metabolism of bioactive compounds in food” by Dr. Francisco Tomas-Barberan of the Spanish National Research Council was presented.
The Mayor of the City of Ostuni, Domenico Tanzarella, the President of the Province of Brindisi, Massimo Ferrarese, the Minister of Health, Renato Balduzzi, and the Director General of Food Hygiene, Safety and Nutrition, Dr. Silvio Borrello, as well as other local and national authorities, members and supporters of the foundation were present.

The participants visited the nearly completed headquarters situated in the Tanzarella palace located in the center of Ostuni.

June 10, 2011 – The Mediterranean Diet Foundation meets the students of Ostuni

The Foundation organized educational meetings focusing on the Mediterranean diet for schools located in and around Ostuni to present adolescents with information about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. This is a link to a video transmitted by a local television station.

October 1-3 2009 – Meeting on the Mediterranean Diet
The meeting was organized by the city administration of Ostuni in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (Institute of Neuroscience, Aging Section, Padova), the Mediterranean Society for Atherosclerosis, Diabetes and Osteoporosis, as well as the Friends of Ostuni Asssociation.