Welcome to XVI Gastro Almuñecar 2014
Majuelo Park 6-8 of June
Don't miss it if you are in the aerea.
Almuñecar and theirs best restaurants offered the "XV Feria Gastronomica 2013, during the same I was lucky to be invited to "I Encounter of Gourmet bloggers" 50 partisipants, from different places in Andalucia, Madrid and Barcelona.The heads of the organisation, Helena del Valle, Jose Helaero and the representatives from the Ayuntamiento of Almuñecar, did a super job, we just had to be enjoyed, and we started the day whith a breakfast in open air at the Majuelo Park, cortesy of Heladeria Daniel and some of the bloggers brought homemade bread, butter,different jams, an assortment of Olive Oils , wich you toss on your toast together with grated tomato and salt, you can also add some Serrano Ham cut by Jorge Fernadez, master of cutting the Spanish Ham . From Heladeria Daniel we got cakes and the Cazuela Mohina, tipical from Almuñecar made of almonds, honey,olive oil, eggs,sugar, flour and spices, from ancient secret recipes.
|Cazuela Mojina, from Heladeria Daniel.|
|Almuñecar is famus for their Churrerias, some of the bloggers wanted to try, at San Cristobal Beach Promenade you find several, churros with chocolate is a very typical spanish breakfast .|
A bus waited to take us to one of the largest and most modern fruit distributors, Frutas Romeral, this is not time of recollection of tropical fruit , most start in september, so we learned about some of them, specially the chirimoya, custard, originally from South America, has good conditions in Almuñecar, the tree loose the leavs in springtime, and afer very short time the new leavs are growing, but the difficluties with growing this hermaphroditic fruit is that the flowers open as feemale and then in matter of hours progress to male stage and need a pollinator that can not only collect the pollen of their flowers in the male stage, but also can deposit it in flowers in the feemale stage. The honey bees are too big to fit between the petals of the female flower, so the polinisation has to be done by hand, flower by flower, with a brush. In the places of origen there are small beetles takig care of this. We got a nice taste of tropical fruits, such as pine apple, mango, papaya some sherries, just the best time now,and the best, all grown in the Almuñecar area, so nice. And yet we want short travelled fruit and veggies.
EL ROMERAL FRUTAS
|Mango, papaya, avocado, all grown in Almuñecar.|
|Rose and redwines from Bodegas Calvente.|
Then we continued our morning trip to Jete , the next visit was Bodegas Calvente, local people, Horacio Calvente started making wine for family and friends, but since year 2000, started to sell some of his production. The grapes all grown on their proper vines, some recovered from strains 50-90 years old,Moscatel Alejandria for the white wine and the red has 40 % Cabernet Sauignon, 40 % Tempranillo ,20% Merlot also also strain between. 20 and 40 years old.
The bodega can be visited, and they have a shop where you can buy the sellection of Calvente vines
|Tasting the different wines, with some nice tapas.|
The mediterranen diet is reconed to be one of the healtiest in the world, it includes Olive Oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, cereals, fish and seafood, moderate use of diary product, as yoghurt and cheese, moderate use of wine, and low to very low consumption of meat and meat products.
The Mercado Municipal of Almuñecar, make it easy for you to try the mediterranean diet , if you like to spend some time of the holiday in the kitchen.............. and if not, go and have a look, and then do as we did, go for some tapas and some wine, or sit down to relax and have a meal in one of Almuñecars restaurants.
|To cook ;"All you need is love"fresh ingredients and some spices..........................|
|Salmonetes, you can deep fry or grill.|
|Lubinas for the oven, and some cod roe to mix in a salad.|
|Escargots, "caracoles" in spicy sauce speiality from the district.|
|Guayabas, lemon or strawberry taste?|
|Nisperos, lemon and lime.|
The VI Feria Gastronomica of Almuñecar 23 restaurants had their stands, here are some shots, sorry if I leave any of the restaurants out, so many visitors, and it was so dificult to photograph.
|Chef Paco from Restaurant Kairos de la Flor|
|Swwet sweets from Mari Trini.|
|Paco·s filled pancake.|
|"Fritura de pecado" deep fried fish.|
|Jorge Fernandez, Master in the art of cutting ham.|