World Tapas Day – June 16th, 2016
Thursday June 16th marks the date for World Tapas Day this year, 2016. Organised by Turespaña and its 31 Spanish Tourist Offices abroad, celebrations will be had in 28 countries around the world!
… but the celebrations won’t stop there because it has been decided that from now on World Tapas Day will be celebrated on the third Thursday of June. So if you love Spanish Tapas, you have more of a reason to celebrate every year!
Last year, when the first official World Tapas Day was celebrated there were 127 programmed activities held to promote Spanish Tapas. This year is no different as activities and programmes are all set and ready to welcome tapas lovers and novices alike to enjoy tapas tastings, cookery demonstrations, seminars and presentations.
As part of the Irish celebrations the Spanish Tourist Board has a feature stand with the Port House restaurants within the Taste of Dublin at the Iveagh Gardens. They’ll be offering delicious tapas paired with excellent Spanish wines and sherries. Keep an eye out for free samples and wines throughout the day from 12-4pm.
If you’re not going to the Taste of Dublin, want to join in on the World Tapas Day celebrations, but don’t fancy cooking up a storm in the kitchen then you can celebrate in style at any of the 13 restaurants throughout the island of Ireland who have teamed up with the Spanish Tourism Office. Let them help your taste buds celebrate in style …
♦ The Port House ♦ La Boqueria ♦ Medley ♦ Zaragoza ♦ Viva ♦ Las Tapas ♦ The Market Bar ♦ Vinoteca No5 ♦ Cava Bodega ♦ Ocho Tapas Bistro ♦ Gourmet Food Parlour ♦ The Elysian ♦ Picaderos
For more information on World Tapas Day, visit the Spain.info website.
Now before I leave you, here are some facts about Spanish Tapas, ALL courtesy of the Spanish Tourism Office:
- The tapa is a hallmark of Spain, because of its unique design of small and varied portions, as well as for the way in which they are eaten, usually standing and sharing the same plate.
- In every town and city in Spain there are bars and pubs – sometimes even whole neighbourhoods specialising in tapas.
- Another advantage of eating tapas is that they enable you to sample a different selection of local dishes in each region of Spain. These delicious combinations of miniature culinary delights cater to all tastes and budgets.
- More than just food tourism, it is a means of discovering towns and cities by exploring the culture that is revealed in their kitchens – because in Spain, good food is a way of life.
- Gastronomy is an essential element of tourism in Spain. The term “Tapa” itself is a concept that identifies Spain internationally.
- Food in Spain is not simply food – it is a combination of cooking styles shaped by regional differences, traditions and customs.
- Spanish gastronomy is up there with the most renowned of food cultures in the world We want to promote tourism through culinary experiences. And there’s no better way to get a taste of Spain wherever you are than through its excellent tapas.
- A day of tapas is a unique experience to discover Spanish culture and savour the atmosphere of its bars and restaurants.
- Going for tapas is a habit that is lived intensely in all towns and cities in Spain where tapas are an exquisite, varied and select part of popular gastronomy. The great taste of Spain in one meal!
- If you’re looking for an authentic tapas experience, but happen to not be in Spain, there are of course numerous Spanish tapas bars and restaurants all over Ireland.