Goat food tasting event held

Goat food tasting event held

On February 28, a tasting event was held at Okinawan Italian Il Mare using a newly bred variety of goat meat.

March 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 28, at a restaurant in Naha, the Okinawa Prefectural Government held a tasting event to promote local goat meat and cuisine. This is a part of the 2012 Okinawa Goat Raising and Consumption Promotion Project.

About 40 people involved in the restaurant business, meat wholesalers, distribution companies, and tourist industry took part in the tasting event held at Okinawa Italian Il Mare. Eight kinds of Italian dishes with goat meat such as carpaccio and quiche were served.

The goat meat used in the dishes is a new variety bred by the Prefectural Livestock Research Center with the Boa variety from New Zealand. Il Mare chef Shinichi Yamaguchi, who developed the menu said, “Normal goat meat has a strong smell and is chewy. The newly bred goat meat smells less and could even be eaten raw. I would like to promote the meat more to young people and to women.”
Maki Tamashiro from Le Il restaurant in the Southern Beach Hotel and Resort in Itoman said, “I would like to use goat meat in our dishes.”

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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