Capital culinary triumph

THUMBS UP: Fernandez-Pacheco said the city would be “the country’s gastronomy showcase.” CREDIT: Almeria City Council

ALMERIA city is celebrating being named Spain’s culinary capital.

The selection panel has officially rubber stamped the provincial capital’s triumph as Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2019.

Almeria Mayor, Ramón Fernández-Pacheco, said the city would be “the country’s gastronomy showcase.”

Plans will now go ahead for around 300 food related events next year.

The Spanish Capital of Gastronomy is an annual event promoted by the Spanish Catering Federation and the Spanish Federation of Tourism Journalists and Writers. The jury, headed by Secretary of State for Tourism Isabel Oliver, valued Almeria’s candidacy for its “solid institutional backing, the more than 10,000 letters of support, an excellent offer of land and sea, a revolutionary production model which is a commitment to sustainability, and a creative cuisine which combines tradition and innovation.”

The national Food Capital crown will be passed on to Almeria from current title holder León during the Fitur International Tourism Fair in the last week of January next year.