The article here on the Ideal site has details of an upcoming gastronomy event in El Ejido this coming weekend.
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El Ejido, capital of gastronomy from September 21 to 23
Michelin stars, tastings, talks, meals and workshops are the fourth edition of Almería Gourmet
El Ejido is already preparing itself to become one more year, during a weekend, in the Spanish capital of gastronomy. It will be from September 21 to 23 when the Ejidense Auditorium is transformed to host the most important congress in the province, the one organized by IDEAL and which this year reaches its fourth edition: Almería Gourmet.
The possibilities to participate in the gastronomic congress are varied and attractive. From participating in a workshop, a wine tasting or a presentation to lunch or dinner in the exclusive restaurant that is mounted on the stage of the Auditorium, which will parade the most exquisite dishes of three Michelin stars, the most renowned chefs of Almería and the gastronomic restaurant that Pago de Carraovejas has in its Peñafiel cellar.
In addition to this, the hall of the auditorium will again host the gastrobar area, which will delight anyone who wants to attend, as admission is free. The creations of such renowned restaurants as 'Espacio Gastronómico Tony García', 'Ikari' or 'Barra de José Álvarez' will match perfectly with the official beer of the congress, Punta Este, a delight. As a novelty, this year taking advantage of the weather possibilities that gives the new date, will use the Calle Hermanos Lirola (which will remain cut all weekend) to generate a space in which to taste the creations of the restaurants and bars of Almeria invited to the congress.
Almería Gourmet starts this Monday with the contest to the best vegetable dish of the province that will be developed throughout the week in a dozen restaurants and bars of recognized prestige in the province. In addition, on Wednesday will be held in the Auditorium the second edition of the award ceremony Almeria Gourmet, which last year fell, among others, José Álvarez, chef of La Costa or Antonio Gázquez de Las Eras.
Already Friday, in the morning, the technical program is concentrated, with presentations and show cooking of great chefs that will move to the Auditorium ejidense to show the latest techniques and creations of their restaurants. At midday, the culinary restaurant Manuel Alonso, from Casa Manolo (Daymuz), who won the Michelin star three years ago at a beach bar, will premiere. He will be accompanied on stage by Pepe Ferrer, ambassador for the gastronomy of the wines of Jerez, who is already touring the wineries with more tradition of the frame to select the jewels with which he will travel to Almería.
In the evening he will take over the Ambivium, the gastronomic restaurant that Pago de Carraovejas has in his Peñafiel cellar, accompanied by his best red wines and the Ossian whites, a winery of which they are also owners. The lamb will not be lacking in the menu of the restaurant that houses one of the most recognized wineries of Ribera del Duero.
Almería 12 hands
On Saturday and coinciding with the days before deciding if Almería will achieve the gastronomic capital of 2019, there will be a meal of 'Almería 12 hands' in which, in addition to the main chefs of Almeria, the Almeraya Hotel School will participate. They will be accompanied by the best wines of Almeria, selected expressly for the occasion by one of the most prestigious sommeliers in Andalusia, the Almeria-born Francisco Freniche.
Tony García, from 'Espacio Gastronómico Tony García', Pablo Fuente, from 'Bacus', Joseba, from 'Joseba Añorga Taberna', Borja González, from 'Club Playa Serena Restaurante' and Antonio Gázquez from 'Las Eras' will share the stage with the Teachers of the School who have prepared the main fish dish for the occasion.
On Saturday night, the host chef, José Álvarez (Michelin star), from La Costa Restaurant, will be on stage, and he has already prepared an unprecedented menu for the delight of the attendees, along with his chef, Carlos Cervilla. The chef of La Costa will be accompanied by another of Ribera's large wineries, Pago de los Capellanes.
On Sunday will close the restaurant Diego Gallegos, Sollo, Fuengirola (Michelin star), known as the chef of caviar, for the use that makes this exquisite and exclusive product in your kitchen.
Reservations in Oferplan
To attend the meals of the restaurant, you must buy before the entrance through Oferplan, with a price of 60 euros per person.
But anyone who wants a more informal plan can also enjoy high cuisine in small bites, which will offer restaurants that are going to establish in the gastrobar area, located in the Auditorium hall and Hermanos Lirola street, which will be cut to to be able to celebrate the congress.
Punta Este, the leading beer in the West, will bring to Almería its brewing master to teach the best techniques for throwing beer and teach attendees the secrets of this exclusive roasted beer.
Coca Cola will also be present in Almería Gourmet, with tastings of its Appletiser aperitif drink for all attendees and with the Brand Ambasador, Mario, who will prepare the best and most innovative cocktails mixed with Royal Bliss in the cocktail area.
The workshops will also have a great role in this important gastronomic event. In them, chef, bartender, mixologists and sommeliers will explain the best kept secrets of the most prestigious kitchens, besides giving practical lessons that attendees can apply in their homes to surprise their guests.
In short, the El Ejido Auditorium will become the epicenter of gastronomy next weekend, one more year, hosting the only annual gastronomic congress of the province and one of the most important in Andalusia. And it is that IDEAL, which organizes it, belongs to the Vocento group, organizer of Madrid Fusion, the most important gastronomic congress of the national territory.