Bonica Fest: Food Market Festival

Foodies unite! After an overwhelming success last year, Bonica Fest Food Market Festival is back with a vengeance. Let’s hope that the organisers have learnt their lesson from last year when it all quickly spiralled out of control… WHAT? 14 local markets across the city of Valencia will open their doors outside usual opening hours…

Terraceo en Valencia: Experience Valencia’s Outdoor Terraces

In Valencia we are blessed with such pleasant weather all year round that we can enjoy time on outdoor terraces of bars and restaurants instead of being cooped inside like animals in captivity. Come summer, however, the amount of time spent outdoors doubles and dedicated summer season restaurants, bars and nightclubs open their doors once…

Ruta del Tardeo: Evening Tapa & Cocktail Crawl

Tardeo is a relatively new concept that is mainly concentrated in Alicante, Murcia, Albacete and more recently Valencia. Tardeo basically means to live life to the max especially during the the tarde (afternoon/evening). In other words, it’s just another excuse to socialise, have some tapas and get tipsy on cheap cocktails. I’m in, are you?…

De Tapas con Turia: Tapas & Turia Beer Crawl

De Tapas con Turia is back this year. Great time to discover new bars and restaurants that you haven’t got round to or didn’t even know existed. WHAT? 34 different establishments have specially prepared two tapas of their own creation which they will offer with a 33cl bottle of Turia Beer for just 3€! WHEN?…

Clòtxina Fest: Valencian Mussel Festival

According to an English (and Spanish) saying, mussels (and other shellfish) should only be consumed on months that contain the letter “R” (September – April). This is true because during the months without the letter “R” (May – August) most mussel species are spawning and therefore their taste and texture can be affected. Furthermore it…

Andalusian Fair: Flamenco, horses & Sherry

You are not in the minority if when you think of Spain you automatically picture a sun-drenched land stained with the blood of bulls where people wile away the day having a siesta, eating tapas, drinking sangria while singing and dancing Flamenco. However, this is all more representative of Andalusia and not Spain in general….

Valencian Wine, Cava, Liquor & Traditional Food Fair.

Can you think of a better way to get to the heart of a city than by discovering what the locals produce, eat and drink? If not, then you need to take advantage of this upcoming event. WHAT? Known in the local language as XXIX Mostra de Vins, Caves i Licors & XVII Mostra d’Aliments Tradicionals de…

Mislata Tapas Crawl 2nd Edition

Following success from last year’s 1st Tapas Crawl (Ruta de la Tapa), Mislata has decided to repeat the event this year too. WHAT? 30 establishments will take part in this year’s edition and each will offer a drink & tapa of their choosing for a set price of 2.50€. You can download the official leaflet…

Top 5 places to enjoy Buñuelos during Fallas

Ahh that “sweet” smell of fried oil wafting through the streets of Valencia and impregnating your clothes can only mean one thing: Fallas is here! The source of this smell is the countless stalls set up in the street all over Valencia selling what in Spain we poetically call “fruits of the frying pan” (Frutas…

Valencian Breakfast Week: Free Orange Juice

Valencia: Land of oranges! I’ve never understood how a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can be so expensive in Valencian bars and coffee shops; we are after all at the source of some of Spain’s best oranges. I’ve also never understood the obsession with either adding sugar or serving it alongside a couple packets…

Wenzhou: The Search for Hot Pot Continues

Back in what seems like a thousand years ago, I was at University and lived with International students from China. It was a great experience which broadened both my cultural and gastronomical horizons; it did also, however, broaden my waistline. One glorious day I was invited to a friend of a friend’s birthday party at…

La Pascuala: Valencian “Esmorzaret”

If you want to be a proper local you need to get yourself down to this traditional bar that has been in business since 1921 and immerse yourself in the local institution of what is known in the local language as l’esmorzaret. L’esmorzaret (or almuerzo in Spanish) is the second mealtime of the traditional five-a-day…