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Spanish ham meets Chinese grapes

THE launch of the 10th Shanghai Malu Grape Festival on Saturday will provide Expo visitors with a delicious addition to their enjoyment of Spanish ham at the Pedro Larumbe Restaurant inside the Spain Pavilion.

During the three-month festival at Malu Grape Park in Jiading District, visitors will be able to taste a Spanish-ham-meets-Malu-grape dish created by the head chef from the Spain Pavilion.

The chef will also give lectures on Spanish food and wine at the park in the middle of each month through October.

Together with flamenco dancing for entertainment, the lectures will be accompanied by a lucky draw for visitors to the grape park to win a chance to watch a flamenco dancing performance at the Spanish pavilion's restaurant.

Malu grapes from Jiading are renowned for their sweet and juicy taste. Shan Chuanlun, director of the Malu Grape Research Institute, said mid-July was the best time to visit Malu Grape Park, as the grapes were then fully mature.

"Grape prices this year could be a bit higher due to a rise in cost of fertilizers and steel for grape trellises," Shan said.

Grape-picking will be available at the park during the festival at 70 yuan (US$10.34) per kilogram.

A special event to celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day, or the Qixi festival, on August 16 will be held at the park's Lovers' Grape Garden.


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