The Lanzarote Cabildo are getting ready for the upcoming Saborea Food Festival that will return to Teguise on November 25th and 26th. Here’s what to expect if you’re planning on going to this year’s festival.
The week Cabildo president, Oswaldo Betancort, stated “we are very excity and eager to present the program for the 10th edition of the Saborea Food Festival, the largest gastronomic event in the Canary Islands.”
“We are working hard so that, in the last weekend of November, food lovers can dive deep into Lanzarote’s culinary roots, savour its essence, and discover the gastronomic culture that sustains this unique ecosystem.”
WHAT IS SABOREA LANZAROTE, WHERE IS IT AND WHEN IS IT?
Organised by Saborea Lanzarote, the local branch of the Saborea España initiative which was launched in 2010 to develop food tourism in various regions of Spain, the fair has become bigger and better every year, the fair takes place over two days during which thousands of visitors are able to sample the very best of Lanzarote’s produce and its restaurants.
This year’s festival will take place over November 25th & 26th in Teguise.
Entrance to the fair is free. However, if you want to sample the goods, you’ll have to buy a strip of tickets. These usually come in strips of €1 tickets, each of which can be exchanged for food or drinks at the stalls (prices differ). That way, the stalls don’t have to handle cash and you don’t have to fumble around for change.
Several of Lanzarote’s most important bodegas will be present at the fair, and there’s a chance that this year’s vintages may be available. Keep an eye out for classic wineries such as La Geria and El Grifo, as well as more recent.
Lanzarote craft brewers are likely to make an appearance, with Malpeis, Nao and the Agüita beers from the Los Aljibes brewery.
There’ll be plenty of soft drinks on offer, too, if you want to pace yourself, and if you do fancy hitting the booze, check out the bus trips to the festival.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
A small army of cooks will be at the fair, representing the fine eateries in many of the best hotels, as well as the varied and exciting food culture on the streets of Arrecife, the resorts and other towns. Most of these will have beautifully prepared delicacies on display, and it’s a fantastic way to start planning your next big meal out.
Look out for Lanzarote specials such as the prawns from La Santa, Bernardos mermeladas. Local goats and sheep’s cheese, Ave del Paraíso gin, gofio from the windmill in San Bartolomé, sea salt from Janubio, and some of the new vegan restaurants on the island.
There’ll be display cooking events, competitions, talks, children’s activities and much, much more. Many will take place in Spanish, but the language of food is universal.
Take your time, buy a few strips of tickets but don’t fill your face immediately… look around. See what you fancy, then make your choice. Take photos of places that impress you, and help yourself to cards and flyers. Find things that you love and then tell your friends.
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