Tenerife concluded its presence in the 36th edition of the Gourmets Salon in Madrid by highlighting its wines and vermouths, and surprising with a presentation on fig coffee, which has already attracted interest from companies from Germany, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.
Throughout four days of work, renowned chefs, companies, sommeliers and professionals from the gastronomic and hotel and catering sectors have visited the island’s stand. In addition, the Cabildo of Tenerife has held several meetings with importers and international distributors from countries such as Germany and Sweden.
All of them have been able to get to know and taste some of the best products from Tenerife’s primary sector, such as fresh meats, honeys, liqueurs, chocolates, fish, extra virgin olive oil and figs from Fasnia.
In terms of wines, Tenerife brought the uniqueness and diversity of its wines to more than 3,000 people, through 48 references from the island’s six designations of origin (Abona, Orotava Valley, Güímar Valley, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Ycoden-Daute-Isora and the Canary Islands).
The various culinary demonstrations, presentations and tastings were fully booked. Of particular interest were the pairing of Lava chocolate with Tenerife wines, as well as the two culinary demonstrations with tastings, whose preparations were focused on promoting the island’s traditional fish, meat and agricultural products.
The Tenerife stand was visited by leading figures from the world of wine, communicators and sommeliers, such as David Robledo, winner of the National Gastronomy Award for Best Sommelier in Spain 2014, and Manuel Isoler, sommelier to the Royal Household.
Other renowned chefs, such as Teresa Azafrán, Juan Pozuelo and David Luengo, also got to know the island’s culinary proposals. The presence of Emilio Gallego, General Secretary of the Spanish Hotel and Catering Industry, and David Ríos, winner of the award for best bartender in the world in 2013, also stood out.
Tenerife’s culinary proposal also attracted many gastronomic journalists, such as Celso Vázquez (Trotamanteles), Ana Rojo (Periodista Digital), Carla Royo Villanova (Hola Viajes), Juan Carlos Carpintero (Aquí la tierra), Sergio Crovetto (Muy sibarita), Miguel Ángel Sánchez (Las manos en la mesa) and Marga Rodríguez (Gastroamantes).
The thirty-sixth edition of the Salón Gourmets featured 70,000 square metres and more than 2,000 exhibitors, where participants were able to discover and taste more than 55,000 quality products and beverages. Competitions, championships, prizes, tastings and culinary demonstrations were organised, among many other activities linked to the world of wine and gastronomy.