Albanian flavors in Gourmundo International in Finland

By: Valon Xoxa    October 6, 2014

Gourmundo 2014 is an international event held in the town of Tampere, Finland. Chefs from around the world bring their most representative dish and pastries of their place of origin. This year the event has brought together teams from Argentina, Peru, Nicaragua, Italy, Kosovo and Albania.

The Kosovo and Albanian team is represented by Përparim Babalia (Gjakova) and Sokol Prenga (Tirana).

The menu of the two Kosovo/Albania representatives is the following, and promised to be a delicious menu:

  • Fish Wild trout crudo with cold shoulder
  • Fillets pork (sous vide) cooked at a low temp, flavored by the pistil (mountains of Albania) mashed potatoes with green apple Korca.
  • Cheesecake with cornstarch and barbarize, pink petals cream, caramelised nuts and glikosh trio, watermelon, fig, walnut and wild figs.

Have a look at some of the other delicious Albanian dishes and learn how such delicacies are made.

Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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