The City of Arts and Sciences presents ¿Rice Week¿

Oct 12, 2007

During the week 15th to 21st October, the public who visit the City of Arts and Sciences will have the opportunity of taking part in “Rice Week”, an initiative that is aimed at raising awareness and displaying all the properties of Valencia’s most international product.  
The City of Arts and Sciences presents ¿Rice Week¿ Through exhibitions and installations, visitors can get to know the history of rice, the main areas of the world where it is grown and the industrial processes that are employed to convert this plant into a foodstuff. Rice Week will also include a workshop on the most original ways of preparing it.

Throughout the week, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Side Street of the Science Museum will be hosting various exhibitions on the world of rice and a demonstration on how to prepare this product. The exhibitions “Sustainable Rice, “Rice factories in Valencia”, “the Rice World” and the installation “Processing Rice” will show its uses, how it is made and the industrial processes involved, the history, culture and economic importance of rice, as well as the different ways of cooking this product.

Moreover, from 15th to 21st October, several special dishes with rice as the main ingredient will be available in the restaurants of the Museum, the Hemisfèric and the Oceanográfico and the public will be able to purchase books and compilations of recipes related to this traditional product in the shops of the Museum and the Hemisfèric.

Youngsters can also participate on Monday 15th from 11 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. and from 12 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. in an educational workshop on traditional Japanese tales about rice to be held in Side Street of the Museum.

Over the week, there will also be two workshops in the restaurant of the Hemisfèric. The first, in which an expert chef will show those attending several of the most innovative rice recipes, will take place on 18th October at 7 p.m. The second, which will be held on 21st October at 11 a.m., will deal with several little-known characteristics of rice, its history, its properties and the different ways of cooking it either as a food or a drink.

In addition, on 20th October in the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Museum from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., a Popular Japanese Rice Festival is to be held, a special activity where children can learn about the importance of rice in Japanese culture by enjoying themselves at a party where they will meet different Japanese personages associated with rice, such as the scarecrow, which the children will be able to make out of card and paper.

All activities are free of charge with the exception of the rice workshops that take place on 18th and 20th October in the Hemisfèric, which have a 5-euro entrance fee. The organisation of this Rice Week is sponsored by Arroz SOS in collaboration with Valencia City Council, CDT Valencia, the Valencia Certificate of Origin Board the Valencia Rice Museum, Asia House, and the Association of United Nations in Spain.