Cassà de la Selva will reconnect with the past, present and future of the cork sector in a new edition of the Tap and Cork Fair which will take place on the weekend of May 28 and 29. As is tradition, the Institut Català del Suro Foundation will participate actively through a information stand and various activities:
– Moderation of a round table on the project Finca Cap, which is the central theme of this fifth edition of the fair. The talk will be led by the director of the Institut Català del Suro Foundation, Albert Hereu, who will talk with John Costa, from the Costa Quer cap company, Melchior Soler, president of the Association of Forest Managers of Gavarres and Xavier Albertí, president of DO Empordà. The conversation will address the yes of the project promoted by the Denomination of Origin Empordà and the Institut Català del Suro with the aim of distinguishing the wines of the DO Empordà closed with corks with indigenous and quality cork.
– Sensory tasting of wine and cork aromas. This activity, directed by the ICSuro laboratory technician Gema Guerrero, consists of a sensory tasting of primary and secondary aromas that can be found in wine and cork with olfactory exercises, blind tasting and tasting of two Tap de Finca wines to put into practice the concepts learned. The price of the activity is 3 euros and tickets can be purchased here.
– Urns for collecting corks for recycling. The Council of Cassà de la Selva and the Fundació Institut Català del Suro have teamed up to collect corks for recycling through urns that, apart from the fair itself, will be found in restaurants and municipal facilities in Cassà . The aim is that these caps can be used for circular economy projects.
– Renovation of the pilot rocks made of cork. The ICSuro has renewed this year the three escocells installed on Paseo Vilaret as a pilot test of the project Alcorque, which aims to reduce the environmental impact and performance of the currently marketed scocellos by replacing non-renewable raw materials such as gravel or metals with a sustainable 100% material such as cork.
Apart from these activities that it organizes, the Institut Català del Suro will also be present at institutional events such as the opening of the fair or the traditional reception of cork entrepreneurs.