Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.

If you’re a tapas fan, you will love the Gastronomic festival that is being held in Cordoba from the 14 to 23 November. With its mission and aim to promote Cordoba as a tourist destination, its gastronomy, and its culture, you can be certain that it is worth a visit.

Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.

The 3rd “Gourmet Cordoba” Tapa Competition is dedicated both to the outstanding “Designation of Origin” products from Cordoba, and to Latin-American cuisine, which is particularly appropriate this year, when Cordoba is the Gourmet Capital of Latin-American culinary culture. This year, 39 establishments are taking part and 71 tapas are on offer, in either of the two competition categories:

-Tapa with “Designation of Origin” products from Cordoba
-Latin-American Tapa

Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.

The “Designation of Origin” products from Cordoba are:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – D.O. from Baena
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – D.O. from Lucena
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – D.O. from Montoro-Adamuz
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – D.O. from Priego
Wine – D.O. from Montilla-Moriles
Vinegar – D.O. from Montilla-Moriles
Ham – D.O. from the Pedroches Valley

Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.

The Cuisine of Cordoba is the result of a long tradition which can be seen in the variety of its dishes, the huge number of restaurants, taverns and bars all over the city and in the prestige which it enjoys on a national level. The different peoples and civilizations which passed through Cordoba also left their mark in the local cuisine.

Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.

The Romans introduced the use of olive oil, which is widely used and highly-prized in this area, and set the norms for what would later become known as Mediterranean cuisine. The Arab influence, too, can be seen in the use of nuts and dried fruit, vegetables, in the mixture of sweet and sour flavours and finally in cakes and sweets, which were also influenced by Jewish culinary traditions. The arrival of the Christians brought an increased use of meat as well as maintaining the best culinary traditions from the cultures previous to the conquest.

Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.

No one can really get to know Cordoba without trying and enjoying its cuisine and joining in the local culture of eating and drinking well.

Last Year’s Event Saw 20,000 Tapas Consumed

During the last edition, as for the number of people in the participating establishments, the opinion about this event and the 1st one was very successful. Even the stocks of some tapas were finished. In general, the owners of the establishments also commented on the remarkable arrival of customers with the map to keep trying tapas as they carried out their own routes. According to a survey made by the Cordoba Local Tourist Board, more than 20,000 tapas were consumed. Visitors came from all over the world, including France, Great Britain, Italy, and Germany.

Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.

An Event For All Ages And Pockets

Young generations are potential consumers because it is a cheap option to taste top cuisine. Only 3 euros is the price of each tapa. It is a funny way of getting to know different taverns, bars and restaurants of Córdoba: We have organized 8 different routes to do, according to 8 areas of the city.

Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.
Photo courtesy of Cordoba Local Tourist Board.

For more information on the event, visit the events main website, www.concursotapascordoba.com, or the tourist board’s website, or call them on +34 902201774.

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