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Celebrating World Tapas Day

Celebrating World Tapas Day

15/Jun/2023 | The Spanish Way

World Tapas Day is a celebration that pays tribute to one of Spain's most beloved culinary traditions – tapas. Tapas are small, savoury dishes that are typically served as appetizers or snacks, often enjoyed with a drink. They have become an integral part of Spanish culture and gastronomy, renowned for their diverse flavours and communal dining experience.

The origin of tapas is rooted in Spanish history and folklore. There are several theories about how tapas came to be. One popular theory suggests that the tradition of serving small plates alongside drinks began as a way to cover glasses with slices of bread or cured ham (such as jamón) to prevent flies from entering. The word "tapas" itself comes from the Spanish verb "tapar," which means "to cover." This practice eventually evolved into serving small, tasty bites with drinks, and tapas as we know them today were born.

What makes tapas special is the variety they offer. From traditional classics to innovative creations, tapas encompass a wide range of flavours, ingredients, and cooking styles. Popular tapas include patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce), albondigas (meatballs), gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns), tortilla española (Spanish omelette), and croquetas (croquettes).

In Spain, going out for tapas is a cherished tradition that brings people together. It's a time to relax, socialize, and enjoy good food and company. The sharing of different tapas encourages conversation, camaraderie, and a sense of community.

To celebrate World Tapas Day using products from your website you can create a delightful tapas spread. Here are some ideas:

  • Olive Tapenade Crostini: Toast slices of bread and spread them with a flavourful olive tapenade made from our delicious olives. Top with a slice of preserved seafood like marinated sardines for an extra burst of flavour.
  • Pickled Vegetable Skewers: Skewer pickled vegetables like piquillo peppers, baby onions, and olives. These tangy and crunchy skewers make for a refreshing tapa option.
  • Seafood Stuffed Peppers: Stuff sweet piquillo peppers with a mixture of preserved seafood like shrimp or crab, along with cream cheese or goat cheese. Bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is golden and bubbly.
  • Olive and Cheese Platter: Create a beautiful platter featuring an assortment of your finest olives paired with different types of cheese. Add some crusty bread and crackers for a complete tapas experience.
  • Tapas Tasting Menu: Curate a selection of tapas dishes using our products. Offer a variety of options, including stuffed piquillo peppers, pickled vegetables, and an array of preserved seafood. Encourage guests to mix and match flavours for a truly personalized tasting experience.

Remember to pair these tapas with authentic Spanish beverages such as a glass of red wine from Rioja o a white wine from Rias Baixas.

By showcasing the versatility and quality of olives, pickles, and preserved seafood, you can explore the art of tapas at home and inspire your guests with a taste of the rich Spanish tapas culture. Whether you're in Spain or elsewhere, celebrating World Tapas Day can be as simple as gathering with friends, ordering a variety of tapas, and savouring the diverse flavours. It's a chance to indulge in the vibrant tapestry of Spanish cuisine and experience the joy of sharing food, stories, and laughter around a table. So raise a glass, grab a plate, and join in the global celebration of World Tapas Day!

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