Erva do Calhau: do Mar para a Mesa (Seaweed: from the Ocean to the Table)

  • Sonia Matos (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


As part of the project 'Designing Food Cultures' currently funded (2013-14) by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, I have organised a workshop for the local women of the fishing village of São Mateus and with the support of the local Fishermen's Wives Association. 'Designing Food Cultures' is a transdisciplinary project that is currently in development in the Azores islands (Portugal) and that attempts to draw the attention of local populations toward local food sources, sustainability and health. Focusing specifically on the ways in which forms of visual and participatory design can be used as an effective strategy, this project is drawing specifically on the varieties of edible seaweed available on the shores of the archipelago whilst tackling issues of food production and consumption and the reintroduction of local ecological and vernacular knowledge amongst the younger generations. In the attempt to translate and communicate to the general population the scientific and cultural knowledge that was gained throughout this project, in the workshop four different types of seaweed – that are mostly unknown to the local population even though they can be found on the shores of the islands – were presented. After this was done, the workshop participants were invited to create a series of recipes that will integrate a cookbook, the final product proposed by this project.
Period11 Jun 201314 Jun 2013
Event typeWorkshop
LocationAzores Islands, PortugalShow on map