Food in the region of Valencia offers a variety of traditional flavors and culinary delights! As part of the Mediterranean family, Valencian cuisine is full of delicious and healthy recipes, based around fresh fish, seafood, rice, fruit, and vegetables. Although paella (the famous rice dish from Valencia) is the one people usually associate with Valencian cuisine, the region of Valencia has many typical dishes as it has towns. Below you can find the major culinary festivals and events in Valencia which take place in the first few months of 2020.
FESTin, the Festival of Art and Gastronomy of Valencia
The first gastro-cultural festival in Valencia will take place from January 24th to February 2nd in 14 locations in Valencia. This is the best way to enjoy unique gastronomic experiences in some of the city’s best art galleries. The event will feature workshops, show cooking demonstrations and debates with some of Valencia’s best and most prominent cooks. Some of the locations reserved for the event are the Convent of El Carmen, the Bombas Gens Gallery, and the Bancaja Foundation.
The Wine Fair of Gandia
From January 31st to February 2nd, the Fair of Gandia will host its first edition of the year – the Wine Fair, bringing together local cellars, wine producers and distributors with a lot of extra activities like tastings, discussions on wine-related topics, and presentations.
Artisanal Sausage Sampler Festival in the town of Requena
From February 7th to 9th, the town of Requena celebrates the Artisanal Sausage Festival with lots of stands offering high-quality sausages. The gastronomic delights of the festival will be accompanied by an abundant choice of excellent local wines.
Valencia Culinary Festival
From February 24th to March 8th, for the fourth consecutive year the best Valencian chefs, sommeliers and traditional producers will offer their culinary delights to the public. There will be 18 restaurants taking part in the event. The festival will also feature gatherings, tastings, and culinary workshops, as well as gastronomic films at Convent Carmen. The culmination of the festival will be a Gastronomic Night at the Veles e Vents building in the Marina of Valencia on March 1st.
The Fair of Craft Beer in Gandia
From February 28th to March 1st, Gandia will host the Craft Beer Fair. It will bring lots of local producers of family-owned as well as small breweries from the region offering craft beers with exclusive tastes.
The Black Truffle Tasting
On February 22nd and 23rd, the town of Culla (near Castellón) will host the 17th edition of the Black Truffle Tasting (La Mostra de la Trufa Negra). It is an unforgettable event for lovers of the vegetable known as the “black gold of gastronomy”, which is held every year in a different part of the Valencian region. The event brings together truffle growers, companies linked to the sector, hoteliers, and people fond of the black truffle and dishes made from it . Over three days the visitors will see a truffle dogs contest, black truffle tastings, truffle-related presentations, and cooking demonstrations presented by distinguished professionals.
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