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Rioja Tapas Fantasticas 2012

tapas fantasticasIf you’re looking for yet another reason to visit London this summer, the free, award winning Spanish food and wine festival Rioja Tapas Fantasticas, courtesy of Wines from Rioja, returns as part of the capital’s busiest summer ever on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July 2012.

Now in its fifth year, the popular festival celebrates the produce of the Rioja region in the north-east of Spain, renowned for its great tasting food and wine. Come and make your way around over 40 vibrant wine and tapas stalls – tasting a spectacular variety of red, white and rosé wines from some of Rioja’s most famous vineyards and eat mouth-watering tapas from London’s best Spanish restaurants.

Last year’s event saw 15,000 food and wine lovers descend on Potters Fields Park by Tower Bridge over the course of the two day festival, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with activities including live cookery demonstrations by famed Spanish chef José Pizarro and tasting workshops with wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins where you can learn more about Rioja and discover what tickles your taste buds!

A free festival, visitors can purchase a wine glass on entry with tokens which can be exchanged for samples of top class Rioja wines. Visitors will also be able to purchase tapas dishes and glasses of wine from all exhibiting restaurants and wineries throughout the day.

So get down to Rioja Tapas Fantasticas to explore the region’s culinary delights! For more information and to sign up to the wine seminars and wine walks please visit www.riojatapasfantasticas.co.uk.


The Little Tapas Book

the little tapas bookAn absolute bargain of a book. No lenghtly pre-amble to distract from the dozens of recipes; a book packed with atmospheric photographs of Spanish bars, market stalls and sights of Spain in addition to each recipe having its own tempting dish displayed in mouthwatering detail.

The Little Tapas Book is divided into sections offering recipes on meat, seafood and for the vegetarian. Most are simple to prepare, have limited ingredients but result in the most delicious of dishes. Increase the quantities and you have a full-sized mela if the thought of sampling multiple dishes too much.

“Tapas, or little snaks may have originiated in Spain but the cutom of lingering over three or four delectable mouthfuls – empanadillas, perhaps, or chilli olives, say – with a glass of wine or two has heen happily embraced in countries all around the world. Inspired by Spanish cuisines and many others, this little book of goodies will keep the tradition alive and well”

Recipes include Garlic Lamb Skewers, Chilli Beef Quesadillas, Cordoban Pork Balls, Chorizo in Cider, Broad Beans and Jamon, Prawns and Romesco Sauce and Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters.

The Little Tapas Book is available from Amazon.co.uk for just £5.19.

Experience Traditional Spanish Tapas Tours In London This Autumn

tapas_tourThis autumn Londoners will be able to experience traditional Spanish style tapas crawls in the city. Eat tapas, drink Rioja wine and experience a taste of Spain with the ‘Tapas Tour’, brought to you by Wines from Rioja and London Restaurant Festival in October. The Rioja Tapas Tour recreates the spirit of bar hopping that is typical to the Riojan region, where people pop into different tapas bars tasting speciality tapas dishes alongside glasses of Rioja.

On sale now, Londoners can purchase a Tapas Tour ‘passport’, allowing them to hop across five of London’s best tapas restaurants, where they will be offered a different tapas dish expertly matched to a glass of Rioja wine in each location. Visitors will be able to make their way around tapas restaurants Brindisa, Pix, Copita, Fernandez & Wells, and Ibérica during the weekends of the 8th, 9th and 15th, 16th October.

Ricardo Aguiriano from Wines from Rioja comments “The Tapas Tour is the perfect way to learn more about Spanish food and wine matching at London Restaurant Festival. Your passport will take you on a unique journey – tasting mouth-watering dishes such as Jamón Ibérica croquetas and delicious boquerones on tomato toast. With each dish matched perfectly to a glass of Rioja, you can guarantee fun conversation alongside fine wine and food during the Rioja Tapas Tour at London Restaurant Festival!”

Rioja Tapas Tour passports are available through London Restaurant Festival and are priced at £50.00, visit http://www.londonrestaurantfestival.com/2011/05/22/tapas-tour/ to purchase tickets.

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas – Spain on the Southbank

Summer officially begins in London at the end of June as Rioja Tapas Fantasticas, an award winning free Spanish food and wine festival returns to the city, courtesy of Wines from Rioja.

Now in its fourth year, the popular festival celebrates the produce of the region of Rioja in the north-east of Spain, renowned for its excellent food and wine. Come and taste a spectacular variety of red, white and rosé wines from some of Rioja’s most famous vineyards and savour a diverse selection of tapas from London’s finest Spanish restaurants as you make your way around the vibrant wine and tapas stalls.

Last year’s event saw 20,000 food and wine lovers descend on Potters Fields Park, by Tower Bridge and this year promises to be even better with activities including live cookery demonstrations by famed Spanish chef José Pizarro and tasting workshops with wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins where you can learn more about Rioja and discover what tickles your taste buds! A festival for all the family, there will be plenty more to entertain, including live Spanish music and a shaded area especially for children, where they can create a huge, colourful paper vine along the Thames – perfect for keeping your little ones amused.

Visitors will receive tokens which can be exchanged for samples of top class Rioja wines when they buy a wine glass on entering the festival. Visitors can also purchase tapas dishes and glasses of wine from all exhibiting restaurants and wineries throughout the day.

So get down to Rioja Tapas Fantasticas to explore the region’s culinary delights! For more information and to sign up to the wine seminars and wine walks please visit www.riojatapasfantasticas.co.uk .

Event Information
Dates: Saturday 25th June – Sunday 26th June
Location: Find Rioja Tapas Fantasticas in Potters Fields Park, on the South bank of the Thames between Tower Bridge and City Hall (entry behind City Hall, accessed from the More London development)
Address: Potters Fields, Tooley Street /The Queenswalk, Southwark, London SE1 2AA
Nearest tube stations: London Bridge or Tower Hill
Timings: Saturday 12:00 – 20:00 Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00
Price: FREE ENTRY

Camino ‘Puerto del Canario’ Opens in Canary Wharf

Join Camino in celebrating the opening with a free bottle of Cava for everyone! Download voucher here – http://www.camino.uk.com/canarywharf/page/cava-for-you

Following the success of the original King’s Cross location a new Camino opened to the public on the banks of the Thames last week.

The new location boasts views south and west down the river from a spacious terrace partly shaded by a canopy of trees. Large sherry barrels add to the unmistakable Spanish feel and parasols protect outside diners. Windows form the entire front and side of the building and are fully opening on the bar side. Patterned Andalusian tiles are set into the floor at the front of the building, reclaimed oak and pine floorboards make up the rest of the ground space and reclaimed Victorian brickwork adds an earthy charm.

Inside the bar is a dominant feature and the large open kitchen faces out across the whole premises. A large painted mural runs across the front of the kitchen from the bar to the restaurant featuring La Boqueria – one of the world’s most famous food markets on La Rambla as well as barrels, a castle, classic Andalusian tiles and vines post-harvest in an Autumnal shot fading away into the hillside.

The menu consists of tapas made with ingredients head chef Nacho del Campo, who has been in command at King’s Cross for 2½ years, makes extreme effort in sourcing. Whilst the roots are traditional in terms of the best ingredients, simply served, with gutsy flavours, there are also some contemporary twists. The restaurant has imported a charcoal grill from Bilbao to ensure steaks (which come from Mather’s Gold cattle in Scotland), can be cooked in the proper Basque way – studded with sea-salt, chargrilled and sliced. Lamb, iberico pork and fish are also charcoal grilled. Seasonal specials feature at all times.

A succinct wine list details the grape variety/ies, region and a short description. All are Spanish, and many are available by the glass and carafe.

‘Los Cañónes Grandes’ (The Big Guns) have been introduced for the Canary Wharf location. This is an additional list that includes many of the absolute finest wines from Spain. The exception to the all-Spanish rule here is some sparkling wines made in the cava method but from outside Spain, like Nyetimber, Louis Roederer, Bollinger Grande Année and Krug.

A range of Spanish beers include crisp lagers, a pale ale, a malty dark brew from Zaragoza, a super-premium lager and a wheat beer made in conjunction with Ferran Adrià – ideal for matching with food. Agua de Valencia, Sangria and a number of Latino cocktails form the backbone of the cocktail list.

The location means customers can shun the Tube or bus – with the adjacent Canary Wharf Pier making it possible to arrive and depart from central London by Thames Clipper from early morning until just before midnight.

Camino Puerto del Canario
28 Westferry Circus
E14 8RR
Enquiries: 020 7841 7331
Tube: Canary Wharf (Jubilee), Westferry Circus or Canary Wharf (DLR)
Bus: D3, D7, 135, 277 all go from Canary Wharf to Westferry