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Showcasing local produce

Showcasing local produce
/ ÁLVARO CABRERA
  • This year's Gran Feria Sabor a Málaga sees 90 companies promoting the gastronomy of the province

The Gran Feria Sabor a Málaga this year is in the Paseo del Parque and is running from midday until 10pm every day until Sunday.

The event showcases local products including the traditional Spanish Christmas sweets (turrón or nougat) and cakes (mantecados and polvorones which are small cakes flavoured with lemon, chocolate, rum etc, among others). There will also be stalls selling the best local cured ham and cooked meats, different breads, extra virgin olive oil and even speciality gins.

This year is the fifth edition of this festival and there will be approximately ninety stalls offering gourmet and local products.

Besides the commercial side of the festival, complementary activities such as tastings, presentations, cocktail workshops with Víctor Varela, provincial champion Young Barman. María Rojo, creator of the Chatidieta (the Chati diet), will be demonstrating healthy Christmas cooking and bloggers Reme Reina and Mari Ángeles Sánchez will be encouraging children to cook for Christmas. Manuel Morales will be matching Malaga wines with festive desserts and Ángeles Ballesta with Belén Díaz will be presenting traditional Spanish sweets for Christmas.

The company Pastelería Ramos from Vélez-Málaga who in the last few years have created an innovative list of sweets, chocolates and turrones, will be presenting their new turrón which contains goat cheese and sweet PX wine.

Craft beers will be available to sample as will cooked meats, cheeses and olive oils.

During the event, a selection of chefs from various areas of the province will be show cooking live. They include Serán Sergio Garrido, Andalusian representative for Eurotoques (a community of chefs dedicated to Real Food) and chef at Vincci Posada del Patio; Aitor Perurena, from Restaurante 1870 and Estudio Gastronómico; Daniel García Peinado, chef at AOVE; Roberto Soler, director of the Escuela de Cocina Sabores de Torre del Mar; José Manuel Marfil, chef of Restaurante El Convento, and Carlos Navarro Björk, Japanese cookery expert and finalist in the World Sushi Cup in Tokyo 2016.

The last day of the festival will be celebrated with live concerts. Visitors who purchase products during the event will be entered into various raffles for hampers and gift packs from Sabor a Málaga.