As of January 1st, 2018, the city of León will take its place as next year’s Spanish Gastronomy Capital.
In a decision voted by representatives from the Spanish Restaurant Industry Federation (FEHR) and the Spanish Federation of Travel and Tourism Writers and Journalists (FEPET), León beat out the other finalist city of Cuenca for this honor, which is annually given to a Spanish city that offers excellent cuisine in quality restaurants, while also promoting gastronomy tourism, quality products and traditional cuisine.
It also recognizes the coming together of culture, heritage and gastronomy in the creation of exceptional visitor experiences. León’s candidacy was presented under the slogan “León, manjar de reyes” (loosely, “morsel for kings”), and promises to showcase both the traditional products of this city and province, as well as its haute cuisine and the gastronomic innovation of its restaurants. Support for León’s candidacy was widespread, with famed Spanish chefs such as Juan Mari Arzak, Martín Berasategui and the Roca brothers lending their support.
León expects to organise over 150 culinary events in 2018, some of which will run all year, such as the Gaudí – Casa Botines Museum Nights, with tastings, tours, and concerts, and monthly lecture-workshops taught by prestigious chefs, concluding with a charity dinner