With the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, Spain's Basque Country is a foodie's paradise. Some of the best produce in this region is 'pintxos': eaten standing up in a bar with a glass of Txakoli (white wine from the region) or Basque Rioja wine.
At this summer's Taste of London (14th – 18th June) visitors will be able to experience the culture of pintxos as if they were in the Basque Country with the pop-up pintxos bar “Basque Country by Ibérica”. The pinxtos bar will be hosted by group head chef of Ibérica, César García, and created by the Basque Country and Spanish Tourist Office (at stand A6).
Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of Basque wine with a complementary delicious 'Pintxo' (the Tapas of northern Spain). There will also be food and wine tastings and cookery demonstrations by renowned chefs from the Miniature Pintxos Congress and Ibérica Restaurants.
Basque Country by Ibérica will offer a stunning range of dishes from Ibérica restaurants prepared by their head chef César García and based on their menus at their popular UK restaurants. Dishes have been designed to delight guests and to highlight the diversity of Basque Country's many twists on traditional pintxos:
Spanish Omelette and Green Pepper from Gernika
Cod Fritter with Vizcaína, an onion and red dried pepper purée sauce
Sautéed Baby Broad Beans with Serrano Ham and Fried Quail Egg
Guindilla de Ibarra Chilli Pepper and Crab Meat Mayo Salad
Mushroom and Prawn in a Pil-Pil Sauce
Gilda: Ibarra Peppers, anchovies and olives
Spain has long been known for its excellent cuisine such as traditional tapas or the pintxos of San Sebastián, Bilbao and and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The basis of Spanish cuisine is good quality ingredients and simple home cooking, both key elements of Ibérica's menu.
Javie Piñanes, Director of the Spanish Tourist Office said: “The Spanish Tourist Office is looking forward to bringing some of the unique flavours the Basque County to Taste of London as well as offering a gastronomic journey through the Basque Country; one of Spain's greatest culinary regions.”
To celebrate World #TapasDay, the Spanish Tourist Office is offering you the chance to win a sumptuous dinner for two at any of Ibérica's restaurants across the UK worth up to £150. To enter just upload your Spanish tapas or pintxos pictures on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TapasDay