Gastrofestival in Madrid 2011
Amongst the many events that are currently keeping you very busy in the Spanish capital, the 2nd edition of the Madrid Fusión Gastrofestival 2011, which is taking place from the 24th of January to the 6th of February respectively, is definitely one to mark in your diary. Christmas has officially been extended for all you foodies out there because this post-festive gastronomic event will be converting the Spanish capital into a culinary exhibition for the entertainment of visitors and locals alike.
Last year’s edition of the Gastrofestival took place for a week, however due to the raging success of last year’s food event, foodies and festivalgoers will be able enjoy not one but two scrumptious weeks of this gastronomic fiesta taking place all throughout the city with numerous culinary offerings and experiences of the most delicious kind.
Three main activities will be developed throughout this food fest and they are the “Sensory experience”, “Gastroculture”, and “Madrid Gastronomy”. There will be dishes on offer for all kinds of pallets and numerous activities running alongside these culinary offerings all throughout Madrid.
In the Sensory experience section there will be food and wine tasting events for all those attending where they can try some of the highest quality food products. They will be taking place in Mercado San Miguel, Poncelet, and enotienda Lavinia, amongst many other locations in the Spanish capital. .
In the Gastroculture section, festivalgoers will be able to participate in guided tours of museums and special exhibitions in important art galleries that discovered artists and works of art that focus on culinary or gastronomic topics. The Museo Thyssen, Museo del Romanticismo, Museo Sorolla, la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano, and la Real Academia Bella Artes de San Fernando in particular are amongst those that will be participating. In this year’s festival visitors can also expect an exciting new addition comprising that of the Filmoteca Nacional, who will be offering gastronomic events and film screenings including a selection of some top films and documentaries in which food will be playing the star role.
Finally, under the “Madrid Gastronomy” section, their famous “Dine with the stars”, will once again be lighting up the Madrid nightlife. If you think that the top chefs are whipping out some wonderful creations by day in the Fusion GastroFestival, then by night you will be delighted with the dishes they will be knocking up in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the Spanish capital.
André Chiange, Carlo Cracco, Kevin Cherkas, Ryan Cliff, and Matthew Bax are amongst those chefs that will be taking up the challenge and creating these special menus that you will be able to try at very reasonable prices (between 25 and 40 euros). In addition, some of the more well-known bars in the capital will be offering tapas with a beer for a mere 3 euros, and there will be discounts and promotions in gourmet food and household goods stores, as well as cooking schools.
It’s all enough to make your mouth water….. So, if you’re lucky enough to be in Madrid this January, Christmas gorging has officially been extended in honour of this edible event. Que aproveche!