There’s a growing buzz around Ibiza’s artisanal food scene thanks to the popularity of farm-to-table dining and the island’s craft products. Now, the launch of Amorevore – a food and arts festival that is a heady mix of gastronomy, talks, art and performance (all focused on sustainability) – adds to the White Isle’s cool culinary credentials, from Friday October 26 to Sunday 28.
The festival – which was founded by Jenna Ansell, who produces events in collaboration with Wilderness, the BBC and Slow Food, and is co-curated by The River Café alumnus and broadcaster Rory Spowers – unites local producers with international culinary stars. It is set within the grounds of Casa Maca, a 300-year-old rural boutique hotel, and the programme (day passes from €28) includes hands-on workshops, farmers’ markets and connoisseur-led tastings.
Offerings from local chefs and artisans will sit alongside craft bars showcasing everything from biodynamic wines to Mexican mezcal and Ibiza’s traditional hierbas liqueur. Meanwhile, a series of five-course feasts, set at atmospheric banquet tables in the hotel’s Orchard (€70 per person), promise to be a highlight of the event – with themes such as wild botanicals and ibicenco heritage, each is designed to offer inventive gastronomy, surprise treats and live performances.
Also on the menu are talks from renowned food specialists, including chefs and authors Gill Meller, Jasmine Hemsley and Valentine Warner, while Soho Farmhouse’s head gardener Anna Greenland will share insights on topics from nutrition to sustainable food trends and ethical entrepreneurism. Interwoven throughout the festival are vibrant visual displays, artworks and live music – plus screenings of food-based independent films and a photography exhibition with works by Rankin, Sebastião Salgado and Martin Parr.
Additional pop-up events will take place at partner venues across the island from October 24 to 28. Standouts include Design Hotels’ La Granja and Ibiza Food Studio’s La Finca, run by Boris Buono of Noma fame. For those looking to work off the indulgences, walks are arranged in collaboration with Walking Ibiza (Friday October 26 to Sunday 28, from €30) and will showcase the island’s wild foods and ancient culinary history.
“Amorevore will nourish all the senses with inspirational connections, delicious food and compelling conversation,” says Ansell. "We aim to leave a legacy that positively informs food policy and business in Ibiza and beyond."