The Malaga Gastronomy Festival 2018 focuses on Basque cuisine

One of the show cooking activities last year.
One of the show cooking activities last year. / SUR
  • The festival this weekend is all about food, and Basque food in particular. It includes food trucks, wine and cheese tasting, workshops and cookery demonstrations

This year will be the fifth year of the Malaga Gastronomy Festival which is one of the biggest foodie events on the city's calendar. It started on Thursday and runs until Sunday 27 May with the main events taking place in the Plaza de la Marina. The popular food trucks are parked there, serving a variety of international foods from approximately midday onwards. The Plaza is also the site where cookery demonstrations are taking place.

Every year, the festival features a region of Spain and this year it is the turn of the Basque Country, a world famous foodie destination, and some top Basque chefs will be in Malaga for the festival.

The tastings will concentrate on wines and cheeses from the Basque region and there are also workshops demonstrating the diversity of the gastronomy in the area.

Several tasting sessions are held daily, giving visitors a chance to sample a wide range of cavas, vermouths and beers.

Every day there are several cooking demonstrations, featuring mainly Basque dishes but also some traditional Andalusian recipes, Mexican, sushi and cake-making.

There are workshops on different ways of preparing tuna, making cocktails and pairing wines with foods.

Children can watch the winners of Junior Masterchef demonstrate their skills (Saturday, 12 noon) and there will be a contemporary dance performance by the Basque dance group, Aukeran DK (Saturday 6pm).

Music will be provided by various DJs and include reggae, songs of the 80s and a concert by the Free Soul Band (10pm tonight, 25 May).

All the activities are free.