THE SPECTACULAR SALON GOURMETS 2024 AT IFEMA, MADRID’S ICONIC INSTITUTE FOR FAIRS & CONGRESSES

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by Margaux Cintrano
Photos:  Salon Gourmets Media Relations

 

Grupo Gourmets was born in 1976 when the first edition of Gourmets Club, the first magazine in Spain dedicated to gastronomy, enology and traveling, was published, setting its foundation as an editorial group.

The magazine Club de Gourmet’s June 2024 edition

In 1983, the Grupo created another publication dedicated exclusively to wines, the Gourmets Wine Guide, the best in Spain. As a veteran among specialized publications in the viticultural sector, it offers the possibility of incursions into the fascinating world of wine, wineries, specialised retail stores, wine áreas, etcetra. Issue # 39 features the characteristics and prices of 4,187 wines tasted blind, 2,790 with comments and ratings, and 1,196 wine estates.

In 1986, the Grupo created the Gourmets Wine Club, and years later the Cupboard, an exclusive club with more than 6,100 members who receive all the information related to wine selected and gastronomic products month after month.

Another of the grand milestones in the history of Grupo Gourmets was the first Hall of Gourmets in 1987, the most important European trade fair devoted to high-end products, an essential meeting for professionals in the sector attended by 73 exhibitors and 8.000 visitors.


EXCLUSIVE GASTRONOMIC EVENT

Best Cheese of Spain 2024, Category Queao Añejo

Once again, Grupo Gourmets’ Salon Gourmets was celebrated this year (22 – 25 April 2024). Salon Gourmets is the most exclusive international Fine Food and Beverage Fair, Europe’s leader in high-end products. Within the fair’s more than 65,000 m2 in IFEMA, the usual thematic areas of the trade fair have stood out. Among the most popular were the Wine Tunnel, where the best single varietal wines of Spain could be tasted. Then the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tunnel dedicated to the culture of Spanish Olive Oil and last but not least, The Cheese Tunnel, with 100 finalists of Gourmet Cheeses.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Casa Albert, one of the high-enders at the far

All eyes were on the Innovation Area, where the latest market launches were on focus with 1,328 new products, and also the Organic Exhibition area focusing on organic/ecological products. There were more than 200 on display ranging from wines, craft beers, cheeses, cured meats, preserves, pasta, breads, olive oils, chocolates, plant-based materials, sugarcane, flax and hair, body and shower products in addition to the world of vitamins and minerals, and organic canine and feline products.


FERNANDO MAYORAL SANTAMARÍA,
BEST SOMMELIER OF SPAIN 2024

Fernando Mayoral Santamaría, Best Sommelier 2024, with runners-up Tomás Ucha Altamirano and Anna Casabona

Sommelier Fernando Mayoral Santamaría of Restaurant El Rincón de España located in Burgos, won the title of the Best Sommelier of Spain 2024 after winning the 29th Tierra de Sabor Spanish Sommelier Championship.

The jury also awarded the silver and bronze medals to Tomás Ucha Altamirano from Berria Wine Bar in Madrid and Anna Casabona from Juve y Camps, Sant Sadurni d´Ania, Barcelona.

This competition, whose aim was to disseminate sommelier culture as well as to select the best sommelier in Spain to represent the nation at the World Sommelier Championship, was co-sponsored by Bodega Protos.