Tenerife Becomes the Capital of Gastronomy and Restoration this Week

Tenerife, Spain

Gastrocanarias has opened its doors this morning in the fairground, now a benchmark for the Tenerife sector

The Tenerife Trade Fair hosts the sixth edition of the Gastronomic Exhibition of Canarias-GastroCanarias 2019 until next Thursday [day 23], a specialized event that has become a reference point for the sector of gastronomy and the restoration of the Island.

The beginning of the Absolute Championship of Cooks of the Canary Islands has marked this morning the opening of the hall, an activity that has counted on the presence of the president of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso; the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, Narvay Quintero; the mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdez; and the president of the Cabildo de El Hierro, Belén Allende, a guest island this year, as well as several island councilors.

The record presence of 215 stands spread over 12,000 square meters, making this event a great showcase for the promotion of agri-food products from the Canary Islands, both national and international, as well as serving as a space for the exchange of information and knowledge between professionals and food amateurs. 

The presence of El Hierro as a 'guest island', the assistance of the seven islands with their own spaces and the possibility that the winner of the 2nd Pizza Canaries Absolute Championship will participate in the world championship to be held in Parma are some of the novelties of this sixth edition of the Hall, which will host a total of 10 championships this year: six for cooking and four for drinks.

They will be the 15th Absolute Championship of Cooks of the Canary Islands; the 8th Canary Islands Absolute Championship of Ham Cutting; 8th Canary Islands Young Chefs Championship; 6th Author's Snacks Canary Championship; 4th Absolute Championship of Canary Confectioners and 2nd Canary Islands Absolute Pizza Championship. Regarding the drinks competitions, the 7th Classic Cocktail Championship of the Canary Islands will be held in the Tenerife Fairgrounds; 7th Specialty Cocktail Championship 'Gin-Tonics'; 6th Canary Islands Absolute Beer Brewing Championship and 6th Canary Islands Absolute Championship of Acrobatic Cocktails.

Activities of the Cabildo

The Insular Corporation has organized in its space a score of activities, designed jointly by the Area of ​​Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing and Tourism of Tenerife within the framework of the Gastronomy Plan. It consists of 10 workshops about local products, three about Tenerife wines and a wine tunnel with access for professionals only, as well as culinary demonstrations and the II Wine Tasters Contest of Tenerife.
Thus, today [Tuesday 21] there will be an activity on the onion of Guayonje by the technical specialist Catalina Tascón and the chef Pablo Pastor, president of the Association of Cooks and Reposteros de Tenerife (Acyre). Later, it will be followed by a workshop on the local beans that will be given by the insular technician Desiré Afonso with the chef Isidro Álvarez, from the San Diego Restaurant. After a wine workshop of the DO Valle de La Orotava, the activities organized by the Cabildo will continue with 'The art of cooking the black pig', with the technician Fidel Pérez, of the Asociación del Cochino Negro, and the chef Samuel Hernández, of the Char-Grupo Venture Restaurant.

In the afternoon session, and after the presentation of the red wines of the Enomac project by technicians Francisco Calixto and María Hontoria, a workshop will be given on the honey of Tenerife that will have as speakers the director of the House of Honey, Antonio Bentabol, and chef Esteban Gómez.

The activities planned for tomorrow [Wednesday 22] will start with the wine tunnel, which will give way to the Canary Islands tuna workshop taught by Juan Ramón García (IslaTuna) with the chefs Juan Carlos Clemente and Jesús Manuel Marrero, from El Ancla Restaurant. The wheat chin will be the protagonist of the following activity, which will include the participation of the technician Desiré Afonso; the president of the Cereal Association of Tenerife (Acete), Nieves González, and Yaiza Martín, of the craft bakery 'Miga's'. Subsequently, the workshop 'Extra virgin olive oil from the Atlantic' will be held with the insular technician Guacimara Medina and the chef Pablo Pastor. The day will end with a wine workshop of DO Abona and Valle de Güímar.

The last day of Gastrocanarias [Thursday 23] will start at the Cabildo's stand with the wine tunnel. The magic of the ancient potatoes of Tenerife will be the talk offered by Domingo Ríos, an island specialist specialized in this product, who will be accompanied by the chef Pedro Rodríguez Dios. After a presentation of wines from the Actorjo Tacoronte DO, the next workshop will be dedicated to avocado, a product that Eduardo Torres (AgroRincón) will discuss with the chef Josué Mendo