Every time we set off on a tapas route, passport in hand and juices flowing, most of the other people we see tucking into tasty creations in the tapas bars and restaurants we visit are Canarios.
We know from conversations on facebook and Twitter that visitors to Tenerife who like to try the gastronomy of the places they visit are keen to take part in tapas routes. So why don’t we see more non-Canarios on these culinary pilgrimages?
Information is partly to blame. Local councils are notoriously bad at getting publicity about tapas routes on Tenerife out to the masses until the last minute. Even then it’s usually in Spanish and if you don’t know where to look, the chances are you won’t know a fraction of the great things that are going on.
This year is different. This year we know when and where some tapas and gastronomic routes will be taking place. So for all you foodies out there, here’s the heads up for some delicious sounding gastronomic routes taking place on Tenerife during the rest of 2014.
The Tenerife gastronomy trail begins this month in the town of the famous Drago Tree, Icod de los Vinos where the theme is one of the island’s most popular dishes, rabbit.
In May the focus changes to offerings from the sea when restaurants in towns and resorts in Granadilla de Abona will be creating special dishes with a pescado azul (blue fish such as tuna, sardines, mackerel etc.) theme.
The theme in Los Realejos in July is a Tenerife favourite that is the king of the papas arrugadas, the papa bonito. Many visitors rave about papas arrugadas and mojos, but most papas arrugadas dished up in the resorts don’t feature this little cracker.
Adeje casts a wide net for its gastronomic route in September with dishes including three tasty Tenerife specialities – cheese, honey and gofio.
But Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, does even better with papa borralla (a type of potato), melon, bubango (courgette family) and batata rajadilla (a type of sweet potato) all getting in on the act.
There’s loads of gastronomic routes in October. In Puerto de la Cruz it’s all about fish and bananas; in Guimar the star is sweet potato; in Arico it’s honey; Candelaria also favours sweet potato whilst La Matanza concentrates on dishes which include apples.
Anyone who knows Tenerife should be able to guess what the culinary star of tapas and gastronomic routes will be in November – castañas (chestnuts). The whole Acentejo region devotes its route to the chestnut whilst Arafo also adds sweet potato.
Guia de Isora bucks the trend by having honey and almonds as the theme for its route.
Normally these gastronomic and tapas routes last for two week to a month. Although we don’t know the dates yet, as long as you are aware they’re taking place you should be able to find more details in the town or resort in which you’re staying closer to the time. Cultural centres are excellent places to find out this sort of information.
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