The Water Gastronomy Guild was founded with a sense of mission and enthusiasm for promoting and disseminating water culture, so that we may never lose sight of the fact that water does more than quench our thirst: it is also a source of pleasure.
Water, omnipresent on tables around the world, contributes its varying tastes and textures to the happiness we enjoy through our palates.
The aim of the Guild is to undertake an extensive programme of lectures, talks and study sessions for analysing and disseminating the various values and aspects of water, and also to pursue that work in educational centres. The support of the media will also be sought in spreading awareness of water throughout society.
In 1997, the Gastronomy Guild created the Dr. Modest Furest i Roca Prize, designed to promote and disseminate water culture. Through this prize, the Guild was seeking to pay homage to the memory of Doctor Modest Furest (1852 - 1938), who was born in Sant Pol de Mar and who studied at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in Barcelona, graduating when he was only 21 years old. He practised in various towns in Catalonia, and in the thermal town of Caldes de Malavella. It was there that he discovered the Vichy Catalan spring, whose water was shortly afterwards, in 1883, officially declared to be of public interest, and which has since been appreciated for its therapeutic properties and for its distinctive and extraordinary organoleptic properties.
This event offers prizes each year for articles, stories and works of art centring on any aspect of water-related themes. Other projects associated with this institution include the arranging of television and radio programmes devoted to water and its properties, and to the thrilling and complex project of founding its own gastronomy and food-science library, taking in literary, scientific and culinary works dealing with water.