It’s that time of year again! The 20th annual Feria Gastronomia starts today, in the usual venue Majuelo Park, off Av. Europa.
The fair will runs as usual for 3 days – Fri 8th, Sat 9th and Sun 10th June. The layout is key restaurants and tapas bars from Almunecar & La Herradura, showcasing signature dishes and wines to accompany them.
Amongst others we are expecting to see Mesón El Corzo, Gastrobar De la Flor, Restaurante La China, Yo como menú, Asador Casa La Parra, Mesón Mari y Miguel, Salitre Playa, Internacional Kelibia, Mesón Gala, La Despensa de la Abuela, Taberna Ayer, La Choza, Pizzería Da Mario, Puchero de Helena, Bar Bikini, Heladería-Cafetería Daniel and Distribuciones Gomezcor .
This year there are featured exhibitions, such as a Gin & Tonic seminar at 17:00 on Friday, 20:00 a dance group “Alma Marinera”, 21:00 a cocktail promotion and a tapas dish competition sponsored by Cruzcampo’s new “Ladron de Manzanas” cider.
On Saturday, at 13:30 there will be the prize giving for the tapas contest, 16:00 a cocktail demo and at 20:00 the dance group “Sabor a Mar” will take to the stage.
Finishing up on Sunday at 13:00 “Andalucía Baila” will be performing before the event closes circa 18:00, at which point we can reach for the Rennies and start looking forward to next year..
This weekend (19,20, 21) and next (26, 27 &28th Apr) see the annual “Ruta de Tapas” with 27 bars, restaurants & chiringuitos taking part. New this year is an App you can download from Play store to help you navigate – just click on the poster below and scan the QR code with your phone!!
Here’s one of those “you only see them once a year” eatables – a Bollo de San Juan which is a cinnamon flavoured bread roll with a hard boiled egg embedded within..
These are traditionally eaten during the Fiesta de San Juan which also celebrates the summer solstice.
San Juan, see literally thousands camping out along the coast with bonfires to celebrate the solstice, ans ids the only night of the year on which you are legally allowed to erect tents and sleep on the beach. Large bonfires are built and at midnight it is traditional to burn old items to purge any bad luck and to jump over the flames three times. A traditional midnight dip in the sea to wash your hands and feet three times completes ceremonies and guarantees good luck in the next 12 months – the sea temperature was 24C last night so not too onerous!
From Friday 26th to Sunday 18th June it’s the first annual tropical fruit days in La Herradura. Selected restaurants will be offering special menus /dishes featuring some of our local tropical fruits for just €7 a dish.
In an effort to promote the fact that espetos are not purely a Malaga thing, the association of chiringuitos has launched espeto week here on the Costa Tropical.
For those who don’t know, espetos de sardinas are fresh sardines, seasoned with sea salt, skewered on sugar cane or bamboo spears and then barbequed over olive wood. Usually served just with locally grown lemon, along with freshly baked bread with olive oil, they are absolutely superb at this time of year. Simply the best lunch possible sat on the beach, and as an oily fish, sardines are highly recommended as being good for you. Other sea food can also be prepared and cooked this way – most common is sardines, but langostines / gambas and occasionally octopus (pulpo) are also prepared like this.
The promotional week runs from Monday 26th to Friday 30th, just €5 will get you not only the espeto, but a beer, tinto verano, soft drink or water as well.
The 16 participating restaurants are:
Playa Cantarriján: La Barraca.
Playa La Herradura: Chambao Vicente, Chiringuito Bueno, La Sardina, Bambú, Rebalaje y Chambao Joaquín.
Playa San Cristóbal: Chiringuito Dorada de Plata, Pepe Dígame, Vizcaya y Calabré.
Playa Velilla: Chiringuito Primera Ola, C´a Mariano y Playamar
Playa El Pozuelo: Chiringuito Balate y restaurante Viña del Mar
This year’s Gastro Fair or Feria Gastronomique is confirmed for the long weekend 9th to 11th June.
Once again to be held in Majuelo Park this is a great opportunity to sample signature dishes of some key restaurants and tapas bars.
Opening times this year are: Friday, June 9, from 13:00 to 00:00 hours; Saturday, June 10 from 12 a.m. to Sunday and 11 a.m. from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There will be a minimum price of 1 euros and a maximum of 6 euros per dish.
It’s a great setting, next to the 4th century BC Roman garum fermenting tanks, with the Castillo de San Miguel rising above the park. The town hall install shading with water vapour cooling jets, so even if it’s a hot afternoon it’s always comfortable eating out amongst the stands. Not to be missed!!
Tomorrow sees the start of the annual #Almunecar Ruta De Tapas, running until Sun 23rd. Over 40 tapas bars and restaurants are in this year, and as before if you get 5 or more “stamps” on your passport you stand to win Spa tickets, discounts on promo beers and more. You also get to vote on the best tapas and the winning restaurant / bars stand to win free fees for the Gastro Fair.
Full list of participating bars and restaurants is below (click to enlarge / download to your phone or tablet or print):
Congratulations to Chiringuito Bambu for winning the La Herradura “Ruta de Tortilla” competition for the best tortilla.
It’s always a bit of a wonder how classic tortillas, using just potatoes, onions, eggs & olive oil , can vary so much. The amount of sweetness is governed by the cooking and caramelisation of the onions, for example. Often served lukewarm with Ali Oli, a thick home made garlic mayonnaise – or eaten as the filing for a bocadillo – they are always welcome on the table.
Bambu successfully beat off competition from 16 other local restaurants and scooped up awards from the deputy mayor, Juan Jose Ruiz Joya, for “Best tortilla”, “Best attention and service” and “Most original”. The winning tortilla will feature as next Saturdays tapa when you buy a drink there.
They say some people eat to live, while others live to eat.
And one of the best things about Almuñécar is that it’s pretty well impossible to get a bad meal from the traditional local restaurants.
And one of the even better things, is that every spring there’s a brilliant opportunity to sample some of the best local dishes in the annual Feria Gastronómica, or Gastro Fair!
Held every spring in Majuelo Park – this year Fri 10 to Sun 12 June – this is the best opportunity you’ll get to sample key, signature, dishes in tasting menu sized portions without breaking the bank, as there’s a maximum price of €6 for a dish. Each participating restaurant must offer at least 5 dishes, which should also be usually be on offer on their normal menus, so no “special deals just for the fair!”. Alongside their menus they can also offer wines and drinks to compliment the menu options. All other beers, tinto verano, spirits, soft drinks etc are available at the large public bar which will be constructed.
Held over the southern end of the park in front of the stage (where the annual Jazz en la Costa is held) the usual set up is a perimeter of local restaurants and tapas bars set up in small booths, surrounding a larger communal pool of tables and chairs with a large bar to the side.
Simply cruise along the booths which will all have the day’s offerings displayed on menu boards, or simply point and shoot at whatever takes your fancy. If it takes a while to cook you’ll be told so, so take the opportunity to bag a free table, choose a wine or beer to accompany your choice and await your freshly cooked dish while soaking up the ambience. There are usually also a series of stage shows to help things along, as well as local music.
What looks like becoming an annual event, the second “Ruta de Tapas” is currently running until 10th April. Sponsored by the local department of trade, the idea is to help promote the smaller establishments, as well as being an excellent way to spend an evening or three. Some 33 local tapas bars and restaurants are competing this year, so you are guaranteed to find some pretty excellent tapas!
The idea is that you use a “passport” to collect proofs of visits, and then vote on the best three tapas received. The winning bars will receive awards with the overall best getting free exhibition fees at the annual Gastro Fair in Majuelo Park later in spring.
To participate, simply pick up a “passport” from any of the bars listed. You’ll need to collect at least five stamps from separate bars to be able to vote. To count as votes, your passports can be posted at the Palacete de Najarra, the Tourist Office on Paseo Atilla or at the Ayuntamiento.
The following tapas bars & restaurants are competing this year:
· 1. BAR LA JARANA (Calle Mariana Pineda, 1)
Nombre de la tapa: “SECRETO”
· 2. BAR LA SACRISTÍA SEXITANA (Calle Jesús Nazareno, 2 Bajo)
Nombre de la tapa: PULPO SACRISTÍA
· 3. RESTAURANTE LA CORRALA (Calle Antigua, 11)
Nombre de la tapa: BROCHETA DE PESCADO Y LANGOSTINO CON SALSA DE MANGO, CURRY Y HUEVAS DE PESCADO
· 4. ASADOR CASA LA PARRA (Calle Parra, 7)
Nombre de la tapa: TARTAR DE ATÚN CON AGUACATE
· 5. BAR EL VIEJO PORTÓN (Calle Bilbao, 2)
Nombre de la tapa: POLLO EN ESCABECHE
· 6. BAR LA TERRAZA DEL ACUARIO (Plaza Kuwait,)
Nombre de la tapa: PITUFO CON JAMÓN ASADO
· 7. MESÓN LOS ARCOS (Avenida Cala, 11)
Nombre de la tapa: ALBÓNDIGAS CASERAS CON TOMATE Y GUISANTES
· 8. CA LA CAPERU (Calle Trinidad, 6)
Nombre de la tapa: TIBURÓN DE ENSALADILLA CON BOQUERÓN Y GAMBA AL PIL-PIL
· 9. LA BODEGA SEXITANA (Plaza Kuwait)
Nombre de la tapa: “NAVEGANDO”
· 10. BAR LA TRASTIENDA (Plaza Kelibia)
Nombre de la tapa: CANELÓN CON BASE DE TOMATE RELLENO DE ESPINACAS Y PIÑONES BAÑADO CON BECHAMEL Y QUESO RALLADO
· 11. MESÓN PETETE (Calle Mar de Plata)
Nombre de la tapa: CARRILLADA IBÉRICA
· 12. BAR GRANOS DE CAFÉ (Plaza Los Higuitos)
Nombre de la tapa: PITUFO ESPECIAL
· 13. MESÓN EMILIANO (Calle Fuente Nueva, 9)
Nombre de la tapa: MILHOJAS RELLENO DE BACALAO CON JULIANAS DE SETAS
· 14. BAR LA TRALLA ( Calle Manila, 10)
Nombre de la tapa: LA TRALLA
· 15. BAR LA TASCA ( Calle Manila)
Nombre de la tapa: TORTILLA DE CAMARONES CON UN TOQUE TROPICAL
· 16. BODEGA FRANCISCO I ( Calle Real, 7)
Nombre de la tapa: BACALAO 1951
· 17. BAR CASA CHATO ( Carrera de la Concepción, 8)
Nombre de la tapa: HINOJOS
· 18. CAFETERIA LA ÉPOCA (Calle Cristóbal Colón, 9)
Nombre de la tapa: BACALAO DORADO
19. BAR EL TEMPLO (Calle Puerto de la Cruz)
Nombre de la tapa: BURRITOS CON GUACAMOLE
· 20. MESÓN MARI Y MIGUEL ( Avenida Andalucía, 18)
Nombre de la tapa: GAMBAS AL PIL-PIL
· 21. CALABRE (Paseo San Cristóbal)
Nombre de la tapa: SAN CRISTÓBAL
· 22. BAR EL MOLINO (Calle Cerveteri, 3)
Nombre de la tapa: CUSCÚS
· 23. MI BAR (Calle Pablo Iglesias, 2)
Nombre de la tapa: ALBÓNDIGAS CASERAS EN SALSA DE TOMATE Y CEBOLLA CON PATATAS BASTÓN
· 24. RESTAURANTE GASTROBAR DE LA FLOR (Avenida Europa, 25)
Nombre de la tapa: FALSO TOMATE DE FOIE Y TIERRA DE ACEITUNA NEGRA
· 25. BAR AKAL BILI (Calle Torres Quevedo, 5)
Nombre de la tapa: “ENFRITÁ” DE PULPO
· 26. LA TABERNA DEL GALA (Calle Granada, 25)
Nombre de la tapa: SOLOMILLO IBÉRICO CON QUESO DE CABRA Y CEBOLLA CARAMELIZADA
· 27. BAR EL TIMÓN (Avenida Costa del Sol, 9)
Nombre de la tapa: BROCHETA DE MARISCO
· 28. CERVECERÍA LA MORAGA (Calle Bilbao esquina con Calle Montevideo)
Nombre de la tapa: ROSADA A LA CREMA DE MARSICO
· 29. DE LA FLOR KELIBIA SNACK BAR (Plaza Kelibia)
Nombre de la tapa: ¿TORTILLA DE PATATAS?
· 30. MESÓN ROCIO (Calle Granada, 6)
Nombre de la tapa: TOSTA DE MORCILLA CON PIMIENTOS DEL PIQUILLO Y QUESO MANCHEGO
· 31. BAR EL LERELE (Plaza Kelibia)
Nombre de la tapa: ESENCIA DE ABRIL
· 32. BAR INTERNATIONAL KELIBIA (Plaza Kelibia)
Nombre de la tapa: TOSTA MODERNA KELIBIA
· 33. RESTAURANTE LA CHINA (Paseo de Cotobro, 5)
Nombre de la tapa: LASAÑA CASERA DE LA CHINA