On May 26th 2016, the Food Heritage Foundation was awarded the Green Phoenix Trophies of Sustainable Development for its food tourism project darb el karam.
This award is part of the 2016 Lebanese Sustainable Development Contest organized by LEBA association – France in collaboration with the Union of Jezzine Municipalities and ESIB (Ecole Supérieure des Ingénieurs de Beyrouth.
The ceremony was held at ESIB in Mansourieh where the competing finalists presented their projects. FHF president Eng. Mabelle Chedid, accompanied by the food trail coordinator in West Bekaa Mrs. Petra Rassi, attended the event and received the award.
darb el karam – Food Heritage Trail is a network of 9 villages in the West Bekaa and Higher Shouf promoting food and agricultural heritage through tourism. The network aims to highlight the seasonality and locality of foods and crops, the traditional processing methods and most importantly, the generosity of the hosts.
This generosity trail invites its visitors to meet the shepherd, the farmer and the food producer, participate in harvesting and pastoral activities and taste local culinary specialties. darb el karam aims to raise awareness about the origin of a food product or a traditional dish and its cultural and emotional ties to the destination.