TORREVIEJA celebrated International Tapas Day in style this weekend with nearly 30 bars and restaurants showing off their culinary kudos.
Like many other food festivals, those involved compete to see who is the best in their area, and competition is always very intense.
Great value is guaranteed, as anyone can sample one of two or three specially-chosen dishes along with a drink, for only €2.50.
The organisers, Torreviejagastronomic, insist that they want to ‘promote value and offer our know-how, dedication and affection with our hope you will live and feel authentic gastronomic experiences’.
The Olive Press spoke with three County Durham ladies holidaying in the area and making the most of the tapas and the hospitality.
Anne Muldoon, 50, has been living between Torrevieja and her native Consett for 16 years.
She said: “I’m very gregarious, so love anything that gets people out, and gets people together.
“I’ve been introduced to some of my favourite restaurants here through the regular tapas festivals.”
Sue Smith, 60, from Rowley, said “It’s perfect for introducing people to Spain and to tapas, without any risk or expense – if you don’t like a dish, move on!”
Sarah Barker, 49, from Lanchester added, “It’s a great way to see the city and sample different dishes – and it takes you out of your comfort zone.”
The ladies enjoyed dishes as diverse as Tosta de salmon (salmon on toast) from La Cantina and Saltedo del solomillo (sautéed sirloin) from Taparia los Zamaranos.
With 27 other bars and restaurants taking part, there was certainly more to choose from.
As well as the International Tapas Day being celebrated, Torrevieja also hosts two other ‘tapas trails’ at different times of the year.
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