If you want to take a trip that’s bound to leave a great taste in your mouth… If you’re the kind of person who loves hearty local dishes and delights in the bouquet of world-renowned wines… If you enjoy going to food festivals… If you’ve always longed to take a route combining natural attractions and delicious recipes… And above all, if you’d like to know what a really great
‘pintxo’ tastes like… 2014 is your year, and Vitoria-Gasteiz (capital of Álava, in the Basque Country) is your city. This year Vitoria-Gasteiz in northern Spain launches its ‘special menu’, and is laying on a whole range of original events including an ‘Exchange of chefs’ from various areas in Spain, the ‘Vitoria Gourmets awards’, the creation of a cookbook, the recovery of old recipes, gastronomic courses at the Gamarra Catering School… And what about you? How can you make the most of this treat for your palate?
January is the month of the Álava Black Truffle Fair (a unique opportunity to sample this delicacy).
In February we encourage you to take part in the Week of the Cazuelita (mini-casserole) and Rioja Alavesa wine.
March brings the Gasteiz On fashion shows, when bars and restaurants throughout the city prepare ‘pintxos’ (gourmet canapés) fit for the catwalk.
Don’t miss the festivity of San Prudencio in April. You’ll be amazed at the bands of drummers made up of chefs as they roam the streets. And of course, you must try the scrambled eggs with ‘perretxikos’ (wild mushrooms) and snails.
And from May to August the fairs and festivals come thick and fast. For example you’ll be able to choose from among the Spring Honey Fair in Antoñana, the ‘Wineries on the street’ event in Labastida, Txakoli Day in Amurrio, the Azkena Rock Festival, the world-renowned International Jazz Festival and the festivities in honour of the patron saint of La Blanca.
And September is wine harvest time, and with it comes the Medieval Market and the Rioja Alavesa wine harvest festivities, so you can see for yourself how the grapes are trampled while you sample some exquisite wines.
And to round off the year, several important events: the Álava Pintxo and Rioja Alavesa Wine Week (you can vote for your favourite ‘pintxo’!), the Aldoaraba event (featuring the best Rioja Alavesa wine, ‘txakolis’ and cider in the province) and the Night of the Candles, when 15,000 candles illuminate the city as you sample the popular hot wine.
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