To the right, “Tosta el Gucho”, third best tapa at last year’s Tapapies
by Rose Maramba
Photos & videos supplied/Manuel Diaz
“We have recovered the essence of a street concert and theatre festival that has made us a singular [tapas event],” declares Maria Esteban, president of the Asociación de Comerciantes de Lavapies, Tapapies’ organizer. For two years Tapapies (Tapas+Lavapies) had had to forego its exciting “side dish,” the street party comprising free concerts and theatrical performances on account of the pandemic.
This year the street party, which adds great vibe to the tapas ambiance, will be held at Arturo Berea, Cascorro, La Corrala and Lavapies Plazas as well as on the streets of Argumosa and Miguel Servet.
At Tapapies 2022 (20-30 October) more than 100 bars and restaurants plus some twenty stalls in the San Fernando and Anton Martin Markets will be offering gourmet-quality tapas created by tapas chefs from five continents like in the previous editions. No wonder the two best tapas of 2021 were foreign. Last year’s winners of the tapas contest (out of 105 entries from 20 countries) were the Portuguese “capricho de bacalao” which was Best Tapa Tapapies, followed by the Cuban “papalulu”. The third placer was a local tapa, the Basque-Asturian “tosta de Gochu”.
The 2022 contest promises to be tougher, with cash prizes at stake for the first time in Tapapies history.
Another thing: You might not want to miss gastro-influencer Clara P. Villalon’s tapas show-cooking, quite an interesting feature of Tapapies.
Tapapies 2022 will kick off at the Centro Cultural La Casa Encendida on Ronda de Valencia, 2.
Sign of the times: In a world reeling under the impact of careening inflation, Tapapies is not spared. While during last year’s Tapapies, a tapa with an Estrella Damm beer cost a succulent €1.50, the price has doubled in 2022!
Starting 17 October 2022 you can check out Tapapies 2022’s complete programming at https://enlavapies.com/
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