Thursday, February 03, 2011

Secrets of Isla Baja

Papas AndinasHere are some very different things for you to try in rural Tenerife this month.

Firstly, from the 1st to the 15th of February there’s a gastronomic event in which 14 restaurants in Buenavista, Los Silos, El Tanque and Garachico are taking part, where you can enjoy a three-course meal at a special price of just €12.

The full list of restaurants is available here, but includes a few of my favourites, such as the Restaurante La Cabaña in Buenavista, the Bodegón el Patamero in Las Lagunetas and the Restaurante Mesón del Norte in Las Portelas.

Sunday Market

Show cooking in El Palmar

Meanwhile, amongst parallel events taking place is a cookery demonstration with Chef Pedro Rodríguez Dios of the Restaurante la Gañanía on Sunday, February 6th, 2011 (between 10.30 and 13.30) at the Farmers’ Market in El Palmar (see map).

There at the same time will be an exhibition of the Papa Antigua, which is not your old dad, but old breeds of potato; the ones all the way from the Andes – at least the seeds were – and that are most like the early tubers introduced into Britain by Sir Walter Raleigh in the 16th Century that are still grown in Tenerife today.

Who knew that the humble old spud could be so fascinating, eh?

(Tip of the sombrero to Víctor in Garachico)

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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