Sunday, 16 September 2012

Feria de la Tapa - Valencia's Tapas Fair

We are always on the look out for things to do that we can't do at home, so that we make the most of our time in Valencia, however long that might be.  So when we saw large green buses roaming around the city plastered in details about the Feria de la Tapa, I knew that we had to make a trip to the port.

The event is in its thrird year and was certainly popular.  We arrived at around 10.15pm and queued with hundreds of people to be let in.  Luckily the queue moved quickly and we only waited around 5 minutes.  This would probably be the busiest time as Spanish people tend to eat between 10pm and midnight before going out but I wanted to go when it was busy.  It had a great buzz, the music was loud and made you want to dance and the views over the marina were great.

On arriving you exchange cash for tokens which you then exchange for beer and tapas.  Each token cost just €1.20 and each tapa and beer was  token so an absolute bargain.  There were 24 restaurants from Valencia and the surrounding area offering a wide variety of tapas; each restaurant had 3 on a mini menu.

It was packed and difficult to choose but we were very impressed with all of our selections.  I meant to take more photos of the food but you know how it is when you're hungry!

Helpfully each restaurant was clearly marked and it also said where it was.  We have a good handle to hunt down now and go for a full meal.

So many people!  It was a good sign that so many Spanish people were there eating, there were obviously some very popular restaurants represented there based on the queues!

My favourite tapa- a brushetta of brown read with goats cheese and onion relish.

I had to queue for ages so they remade these melt in the middle chocolate puddings but OH. MY. GOD. so worth it.

WE found ourselves thoroughly stuffed and watered for only 12 tokens between us, costing €14.40.  Not bad for a Saturday night dinner.

The Feria de la Tapa is on until tonight and I am genuinely wondering if Rich will be up for a lunchtime visit today.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds wonderful and delicious. I love Tapas. I would love to go!