Gastrotur 2013, a delicious gastronomic tourism fair!

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During the second edition of the gastronomic tourism fair “Gastrotur 2013”, held in Granada from Feb. 23rd to the 26th, we had the chance to enjoy some delicious olive oils, as well as other culinary delicacies.

We tasted the extra virgin olive oil “Amarga y Pica” (Bitter and Peppery) from the olive oil producer “Conde de Benalúa”. This is a bold olive oil that surprises you, since as it name says, it’s bitter and peppery! You have to be brave to taste it! We also tried their organic olive oil, which is quite soft and light in the palate.

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  • memelada amarga y pica

We also enjoyed the Gordal olives produced by Amanida. These tasty olives are marinated with extra virgin olive oil, saffron, paprika, lemon juice and herbs.

In this fair we found several olive oils with the designation of origin Poniente de Granada. One of these oils was Orodeal, produced in Algarinejo with the picuda, hojiblanca and picual olives.

We also had the chance to taste several olive oils produced by Castillo de Íllora. We really liked the one prepared exclusively with the arbequina variety. These olives, harvested early in the season, give a golden green olive oil, fruity, with a touch of banana and apples. The oil is silky and not at all bitter nor peppery.

We also tried Ecolomar, an organic extra virgin olive oil that caught our attention, since it is produced exclusively with an autochthonous variety of olive called “lucio”. The olives are harvested early in the season. This oil, prepared by the mill Casería de la Virgen, is unfiltered and has a profound green colour. It charms with its almondy touch and, curiously, is neither bitter nor peppery!

At the stand of the extra virgin olive oil De 10 (from Cordoba), we tasted their oils (elaborated with the picual variety) with salted cod and orange marmalade. What a tasty combination!

This year the invited country to the fair was Italy, so we were very lucky to enjoy some Italian culinary specialties! Our palates were pleasantly surprised by a pesto cheese and a paprika cheese.
We also loved 3 delicious pestos prepared by La Casa Della Pasta, a traditional one with basil, another one with dried tomatoes, and the last one with pistachios. Last but not least, was the parmesan cheese with balsamic vinegar. Yummy!

To finish our visit, we were driven by our nose to a charming stand of teas and spices full of aromas and colours! What a joy!

Definitively, Gastrotur 2013 is a fair that delights all our senses! We cannot wait for the 3rd edition next year!