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Editor’s Letter

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT At the end of this month, Lanzarote will hold its annual food fair in Teguise. In nine years this gathering has turned into an unmissable event; a civilised weekend of grazing, sampling, chatting and sipping in the island’s heart. It’s a place where you’ll find anxious chefs premiering new creations; winemakers inviting you to to try this year’s vintage, local prawns sizzling on a grill, spectacular, mouth-watering morsels everywhere you turn and thousands of happy visitors discovering what ‘s on offer. We celebrate the island’s commitment to cuisine in our special feature this month, and I have to say that it’s been a pleasure to research, talking to people who are burning with enthusiasm for what they grow, what they make, what they transform in their kitchens, and what they serve. Enjoying food here is not just about your stomach, your nose or your taste buds; the most important organ is your brain, and the most important accompaniment to any meal is not salt, pepper or wine, but other human beings. Lanzarote knows that there’s nothing as serious as enjoying a good meal in good company.

Another pleasure was meeting Lanzarote’s up-and-coming tenor Pancho Corujo, who grew up among a deeply musical Lanzarote family and suddenly found himself traveling the world and belting out classic arias for a living. He’s a hugely appealing, down-toearth guy who seems to be just as surprised and delighted by the immense voice that comes out of his lungs as everyone else is. Take a look at him singing Nessun Dorma with two Canarian colleagues on Youtube to get an idea of what I’m talking about. Talking of opera, they say it ain’t over till the fat lady sings, but at the time of going to press we still have no idea whether Boris Johnson will have put a frock on and warbled a Brexit tune on 31st October. Let’s face it, even if he did, it wouldn’t be much weirder than what’s gone before, but we’ll update you with the madness next month.

In the meantime, the nights are drawing in and Lanzarote’s getting a little cooler, but there’s also absolutely loads going on, whether it’s music, culture, sport or a hundred other activities. Get outside and enjoy it!

Enjoy the mag – The Editor


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