The annual gastronomy event returns to the capital from January 23 to February 5 with a vast array of activities and culinary experiences
Over 300 establishments are taking part in this event, which combines different disciplines to showcase one of the city’s main tourist attractions: gastronomy.
This year, alongside Sensory Experiences, Gastroculture, Madrid – A Gastronomic Capital and Gastrofashion, visitors can enjoy two new sections: Gastrohealth and Wine Culture
”Dinner with the Stars” will feature several international chefs who are taking part in Madrid Fusión, including José Avillez from Portugal, Juan José Gómez from Mexico, Yung Sik Yim and GiHo Yim from Korea, Aidin Demir from Turkey, and Masato Nishihara from Japan.
Leading museums, galleries and cultural institutions, like the Spanish Film Library, have prepared an appealing menu that will delight lovers of gastronomy and culture.
The Gastroculture section will include the presentation of Hannah Collins’ book “The Fragile Feast,” in an event with the author and celebrated chef Ferrán Adriá.
Gastroculture, Madrid – A Gastronomic Capital, Gastrofashion, Gastrohealth and Wine Culture, offering activities to suit every taste and budget.
New in 2012: Gastrohealth and Wine Culture
On this occasion, Gastrofestival (organised by the Madrid City Council, through the Madrid Visitors & Convention Bureau, and Madrid Fusión) is devoting a section to healthy eating habits that will help us feel good inside and out.
Gastrohealth will include healthy cooking courses and nutrition workshops, organic menus in restaurants, and health and beauty treatments using fruit, chocolate and spices, as well as interesting discounts in spa circuits.
The Wine Culture section will allow wine lovers and connoisseurs to enjoy a variety of wine tastings, wine-matching courses (to learn how to combine wine and gourmet products), guided tours and even an independent music festival focusing on wine at Palacio de Vistalegre, featuring artists such as Nacho Vegas, The Right Ons and Christina Rosenvinge.
Dinner with the Stars
This edition of Madrid – A Gastronomic Capital will be structured around eight main ingredients. One of the most appealing proposals will once again be “Dinner with the Stars,” which affords diners the unique opportunity to enjoy delicious menus prepared by international chefs from Madrid Fusión and served in the city’s premier hotels and restaurants for only 75 euros.
For instance, this year diners can sample food by Portuguese chef José Avillez at the Pedro Larumbe restaurant, while Mexican chef Juan José Gómez will be at Jardín del Orfila, Korean chef Yung Sik Yim at the Westin Palace Hotel, Korean chef GiHo Yim at Terraza del Casino (two Michelin stars), Turkish chef Aidin Demir at the restaurant recently inaugurated in the Cibeles Palace, and Miyama Castellana will be graced by the art of Masato Nishihara.
Almost 100 establishments, including traditional taverns and longestablished old restaurants, serving Spanish, international and signature cuisine, will create special menus featuring their best recipes, priced from 25 to 40 euros, to introduce the public to the infinite variety of food available in the city.
Bars and taverns will be focusing on the art of the tapa, offering beer and a tapa for 3 euros, while some of the leading cocktail bars in the capital, like Le Cabrera, Chicote, José Alfredo and O’Clock, will be preparing their most exquisite mixed drinks for the occasion. Cookery schools, gourmet shops and homeware stores will also be taking part with activities and a range of special offers during the festival.
Gastrofestival’s Sensorial Experiences section focuses on introducing new gastronomic sensations through an extensive selection of wine tastings, gourmet product tastings and gastronomic routes around the city. In this section two of the capital’s new gastronomic landmarks, San Miguel Market and San Antón Market, will be taking part, with special activities to introduce their services and products.
Gastronomy and culture
Gastronomy is part of our culture. With this in mind, Gastrofestival has organized a stunning programme of activities linking gastronomy to disciplines such as painting, theatre, cinema and literature. Gastroculture reflects this relationship through special shows organised in some twenty galleries, with tempting exhibitions, talks, guided tours and workshops organised by the leading museums and institutions in the capital.
Some of the most notable venues are the Cerralbo Museum (“Gastronomy and etiquette at the 19th Century Table“), the Lázaro Galdiano Museum (“Art and Gastronomy at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum“), the Sorolla Museum (“From the painting to the table”, with a special menu inspired by the painter’s family at the Doña 59 restaurant), and the National Museum of Romanticism (“Dinner is served! Traditions and trends in nineteenth century dining”), the Thyssen- Bornemisza (“Thyssen cuisine”, an itinerary that is rounded off with a tapa created specifically for the occasion), the Costume Museum (encounter with designers Modesto Lomba and Roberto Torretta), the Museum of Anthropology (“The Spice Agora“) and the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts (guided tour).
Films at the Spanish Film Library
To link gastronomy to the silver screen and the stage, the Spanish Film Library will offer a thematic cycle with movies like “Bon appétit,” “Fast Food Nation” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” among others and Microteatro por dinero will organise short plays lasting under 15 minutes, each for 15 spectators, who will be able to enjoy a glass of wine (admission 4 euros).
The relationship between literature and gastronomy will be explored in the Joaquín Leguina Regional Library and in Ivorypress Art+Books, which will host the presentation of Hannah Collins’ book “The Fragile Feast”. The author and celebrated chef Ferrán Adriá will be attending the event.
The finest design will be present thanks to Gastrofashion, which will dress the windows of important fashion stores using gastronomic motifs. Celebrated designers like Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada with who we already have a confirmed appointment, Roberto Verino and Adolfo Domínguez will be taking part in this edition.
For a complete programme of activities, go to (www.esmadrid.com/gastrofestival), the special section of the esMADRID.com portal, official website for tourism in the City of Madrid./