The main attraction is the gastronomic competition, in its double significance of competition and comparison between countries. Professional chefs from Algeria, Brasil, Ivory Coast, France, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal, Tunisia and USA participate in the competition. A prestigious international jury, made of international journalists from this sector and opinion leaders, awards the prize “Best Couscous”.
San Vito Lo Capo is a coastal village in the province of Trapani, located on the north-western coast of Sicily, with a Mediterranean soul and full of Arabian suggestions, declared World Couscous Capital in 2003.
Couscous is a traditional North African staple food and it could be defined as the Berber "National dish". Besides Maghreb, it’s also very widespread in West Africa, in France (the second favourite dish of French people), in Belgium and also in the Middle East. In Sicily the couscous is traditionally prepared in the province of Trapani; it is steamed using a special terracotta enamelled pot and served with a soup of fresh fish. Its name, in the local dialect, is cùscusu.