The April itinerary is now out. As always “right click” to download onto your phone for later reference. Blues, Soul, Flamenco, Funk and much more, as well as local bands and open mike nights. Also, don’t forget the annual Ruta De Tapas is still running on Fri, Sat & sun the 5th, 6th & 7th April.
Around 30 restaurants and bars are now signed up for this year’s annual “Ruta de Tapas” running on Friday March 29 to Sunday March 31 and from Friday April 5 to Sunday 7th.
As always there will be ‘passports’ available at the participating venues, as well as at the tourism office for your use in navigating your way around all the entrants and voting for your favourites. 60% of the total score will be from your votes, with the remaining 40% being made up from a panel of 5 “secret shoppers” who will sample the delights on offer in total and absolute secrecy by means of wearing spectacles with false moustaches attached.
Each entrant will be submitting a fixed price tapa and drink for €3 during the competition period. More details of each venue, as well as their individual tapas can be seen on the official ruta de tapas web site
Please do vote for your favourites, as it means a lot to the winners and runners up. In order for your votes to count, you will need to have visited at least 5 establishments, and have had the corresponding box on the passport stamped. Completed passports can be filed at the Town Hall, or the tourism offices on Paseo Altillo or by the Aquarium. Each correctly completed passport will be entered into a raffle for some superb prizes as well!
Anyone who has been here will know of the fabulous heladerias / geletarias around the town and sea front with their fabulous displays of home made ice-creams. One of our local ice cream craftsmen, José Muñoz Frontana, of Heladería Daniel on Paseo San Cristobal, has got through to the final 12 of the national “Best Ice Cream Maker Of Spain” competition.
The finals are being held in Madrid from 23 to 26 February. Each contestant will have 9 and a half hours per day to create their entries, with the judges looking at their skills, flavours, composition, texture, decoration, techniques and creativity .
You can skip the advert in the video when the text in the video reads “Saltar Anuncio” – or if the video does not work try this direct link: 2018 Ice Cream Championship. and the interview should start after the advert finishes (small timer at bottom right).
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!!
You can also view an interactive map with all the locations on it on the web site at: gastronomia.almunecar.es
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!
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
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):