Some people argue that bourbon is not bourbon unless it comes from Kentucky. But did you know that real Parmesan cheese can only come from Parma, Italy? Champagne grapes can only come from France, and true Cheddar from England. Many European food names are protected by law, although the U.S. produces its own versions of these products.
A UK Libraries event will explore how and why these regional food names are trademarked, and how the American versions stack up against their European forebears. Attendees will learn – and taste – what makes European food products authentically different from their American counterparts.
On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 1:30 pm, Dr. David Freshwater of the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment will speak in the Alumni Gallery of William T. Young Library on “Food in Europe: Regional Brands and Regional Identities.” The lecture will be followed by a taste test of European foods and their U.S. versions, to see if participants can tell the differences. The event is free and open to campus.