Good enough to eat!

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Edible tourism is the theme at Culinaria 2018

The Culinaria 2018 event was launched yesterday in Adeje, and will see the coming together of some of gastronomy’s top Spanish and Michelin stars over the coming days.

Organised by Acyre Canarias (the association of Canarian chefs and pastry makers) in partnership with the Adeje Council, the Tenerife Cabildo and the regional government, the 2,700 places available for events in the busy three days calendar are already booked. The president of the association, Pablo Pastor, told press at the inauguration that “expectations have been superseded”. He thanked everyone for taking part, the sponsors and supporting institutional bodies, adding that he hoped the event would encourage hotels and restaurants too. Acyre vice-president Juan Carlos Clemente said “Culinaria 2018 is committed to use of local produce”, adding that bringing together top chefs from the islands and outside should add to the promotion of that produce.

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For Adeje, the councillor for economic development Manuel Luis Méndez Martín emphasised the importance of gastronomy in a first class tourism destination such as Costa Adeje, “the Town Hall recognises that gastronomy is a fundamentally important part of the tourism offer, complementing the ‘sun, sea and beach’ attractions.” He encouraged people to continue to organise events such as this one “where training and the presence of recognised professionals improves the quality and excellence of the service”. He commented that there is an ever increasing demand for good local produce, and of course an emphasis on local gastronomy also creates more employment in the sector.

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For his part, Alberto Barnabé Teja, the Cabildo tourism councillor, congratulated the private sector for organising the event. “There are still millions of visitors who have yet to discover our local gastronomy and produce so there is a still a lot of work to do”. He said “the slogan for the event. “El turismo que se come” (translated, ‘tourism you can eat’) was an excellent choice, with the challenge being to convert tourists through their palate. In Tenerife we have 42 million overnight stays, which is also breakfast, lunches and dinners, a year. That’s 126 million chances to feed our tourists, so it’s a responsibility and an opportunity”.

Narvay Quintero Castañeda, the regional minister for agriculture, said they were looking forward to three intense days of work with local produce at the core of the event, “something we see as extremely positive as we recognise that linking this to a primary sector such as tourism and relevant other sectors has far-reaching benefits, as we can sell fresh produce locally.

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During the inauguration a new television programme, “El Chef Viajero” (the travelling chef) was also unveiled. To be broadcast in the Canary Islands and the rest of Spain as well as a number of other European countries, the show would feature Spanish chefs travelling to the different Canarian islands in search of local gastronomic delights.

During the three days of Culinaria 2018, being held in the CDTCA in Adeje, there will be talks, workshops and demonstrations. Those taking part include, Miguel Navarro, restaurant Es Fum (Mallorca), 1 Michelin*, Andrea Bernardi and Fernanda Fuentes, Restaurant Nub (Tenerife) 1 Michelin *, Oliver Peña, Restaurant Enigma (Barcelona) 1 Michelin *, Erlantz Gorostiza, Restaurant MB Abama (Tenerife) 2 Michelin*, 2 Repsol Suns, Susi Díaz, Restaurant La Finca (Elche) 1 Michelin *, 2 Repsol Suns, Javier Aguiar, Restaurant Tickets (Barcelona) 1 Michelin *, Juan Carlos Padrón and Jonathan Padrón, Restaurant El Rincón de Juan Carlos. (Tenerife) 1 Michelin *, 2 Repsol Suns.
The full programme is available online:

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November is Gastronomy month in Adeje


For a number of years now November has been gastronomy month in Adeje and the 2017 DegustaMe (Taste Me) programme has just been launched. And as in previous years there are a range of workshops for all members of the family, trips, events, and of course the Tapas route with prizes for the best restaurants as well as for the public.

The councillor for economic development, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín said, “Degusta.Me is a gastronomic get-together for different sectors of the food industry, offering culinary creations promoting the best of cooking in the region.

“The Adeje council knows that the tourist industry is the economic motor of the south of the island, and in this regard we have top class hotels attracting about 2 million visitors last year. We also have over 50,000 residents, so our gastronomy must offer different and diverse elements as well what is good locally, and create jobs for our residents here, always bearing in mind that gastronomy is one of the determining factors in a tourist destination”.

The tapas route will run from November 17th to 26th with 14 establishments taking part: El Puente, Taberna Amores, Loren’s tasca , El Rincón del Sushi, Tasca Italiana La Favorita cake shop, cafetería Atlántida, La Salud bar, tasca El Cañón, cafetería Casa Juan, Compostela restaurant, Metro pizza, León de Venezia and Rincón de Aranda.

The full programme of events runs until December 9th and 350 people have already signed up for events on offer. Most of the workshops will take place in the CDTCA (The Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre), and registration is already open. The full programme is available in Spanish and English on the borough’s webpage,, and flyers are available with the programme in public buildings in the town


Fusing Adeje’s gastronomy in Madrid!

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Adeje’s councillor for economic development, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, is in Madrid this week at ‘Madrid Fusión’, an international gastronomy event celebrated every year in the Spanish capital with professionals from all over the world in attendance.

The Adeje councillor says he has three main objectives during his visit: “Attend the talks to make sure Adeje’s ideas are part of the mix; be there for the professionals from our borough who have travelled to demonstrate their skills, creativity and ability, such as Pablo Pastor, Braulio Simancas or Juan Carlos Clemente; establish contacts in the world of gastronomy that may help the borough in the future.

Méndez Martín has meet with Rosario Barrios Cono during his stay. She is the Spanish director of ‘Le Cordon Bleu’ the main school dedicated to this branch of cooking in Europe. The school is located in the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, in Madrid, and following the meeting with the Adeje councillor, Barrios Cono confirmed she will visit Adeje in the coming months to get to know the borough’s installations ahead of agreeing a series of training projects here.

Madrid Fusión runs from January 23rd – 25th with Tenerife as one of the invited destinations with the chance to show off the island’s gastronomic values and local produce.

Two thousand tastes of Adeje


Adeje’s gastronomy month is well underway

One of the big events during the Adeje Gastronomy days during this month is taking place this Saturday, November 14th, with the (try my) fair in the Plaza de España in the town.

This week, at the official launch of the event, details of the annual Tapas Route were also announced, and organisers hope that these will introduce many new people to the delights of Adeje gastronomy. The Tapas Route will run from this Saturday until November 29th and between the two events organisers plan to serve over two thousand tapas to members of the public.
The councillor for economic development Manuel Luis Méndez Martín oversaw proceedings at the launch of the events alongside Pablo Pastor, well known chef and representative of the Canarian association of chefs and pastry makers (ACYRE), Efrén Santana from Grupo Miquel, Manuel Rodríguez Jiménez, technical director from the Abona wine denomination and chefs Carlos Clemente, Pablo Aznar, Yuned, Alexis García, Miguel Barrena, and Javier Mora, from some of the finest restaurants and hotels in South Tenerife.

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Councillor Méndez Martin said that “the clear objective is to energise the restaurant sector in the borough as well as offering leisure alternatives for Adeje residents and those in general in South Tenerife.” He thanked the many hotels and companies sponsoring events, including Grupo Miquel, Gastro Market El Duque and the Hoteles Iberostar chain. “We are also grateful for support from Turismo de Tenerife, with whom we are working to let people know the culinary richness we have on offer in this part of the island. We are also delighted with the co-operation and participation of the many bars, cafeterias, and restaurants in the borough”.
The Degustame Adeje Fair will see over 30 stands in the Plaza de España with bodegas from all over the south of the island taking part, and cocktails courtesy of Tenerife Barmans Association. Food-wise there will be sweet treats, cheeses, breads, cakes, a huge variety of tapas, crepes, and much much more. The public can buy their tickets and then pick their tapas, or purchase a glass to sample many of the fine wines on offer.

The “Ruta de la Tapa Adeje 2015” (Tapas Route) works to promote the restaurant sector and encourage residents and visitors to use bars and cafes and restaurants as local meeting points as well as allowing them explore local gastronomy and discover new tastes and gastronomic inventions. The ‘route’ runs until the eve of San Andres and will end with a Show Cookery demonstration in the Adeje Farmers Market.

26 establishments are taking part in the Tapas route and you can vote for your favourites. There will be prizes for the best 5, 4 and 3 star tapas as well as some ‘special mentions’ and there will also be a draw for the public taking part with two prizes, a hotel overnight stay for two in an Iberostar hotel in Tenerife, and a meal for two in one of the participating establishments. The full list of participating restaurants, cafes, and bars is on the council webpage,

What’s on in Adeje this Weekend?


There’s a busy weekend ahead in Adeje, so even if the sun don’t shine, there’s no need to be in the slightest bit bored!

Tonight you can watch a top-notch basketball game between the Fraport Skyliners Frankfort, who play in the German Bundesliga, and CB Canarias, the regional side currently playing in the Spanish ACB league. Match time is 8.30pm, tickets just €3.
If basketball isn’t your cup of tea, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra are playing a free concert at 8pm in the Convento de San Francisco, sponsored by the Adeje Council and the Cabildo. The orchestra will play pieces by British composers William Boyce and John Ireland and Germany’s Georg Philip Telemann. Places are limited so arrive early if possible. The convent building is just beside the town hall.
Feeling peckish? The Adeje DegustaMe, or TasteMe series of gastronomic events continues this weekend, and if you fancy a bit of show cooking head down to the municipal Farmer’s Market (up the street opposite Makro) on Sunday at 11am.

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The Degusta.Me, or Taste Me campaign is underway in Adeje with a terrific tapas route (63 restaurants are taking part), and displays and offerings of the featured products of cheese, honey and gofio at commercial centres this weekend.