Spanish food lovers can rejoice, as the city hosts "The Festival of Spain" in celebration of the European country’s National Day (October 12). Mediterranean restaurant Amadeus, in association with the Consulate of Spain, brings in famed dishes, flamenco dancing and cooking demos by chef Guillermo Hidalgo to the city.
Says Farrokh Khambata of Amadeus, “This festival is an attempt to offer Mumbaikars an insight into Spanish food and lifestyle. Since, Amadeus specialises in the Lavantine cuisine, the Consulate of Spain thought it would be ideal to celebrate it here.”The gourmet cum cultural festival includes a degustation menu created jointly by Farrokh and chef Guillermo, who has come down from Barcelona especially for the fest. Some of the dishes on the menu include tapas, octopus Galician style and Spanish omelette. Mains like watermelon gazpacho, salad with manchego cheese, concasé tomato and pork chinstrap will also be served. Spanish desserts like torrijas and custard cream will be on the menu.
But the festival’s highlight is the Anthologia Flamenca, an energetic dance performance by the Spanish Flamenco Company, on October 14. With their foot-tapping beats and colourful costumes, they promise a night of fun and revelry. Besides this, the chef and his team will demonstrate and teach patrons some of Spain’s famed dishes like tapas and paella, at Amadeus today.
Says Chef Guillermo, “We had an amazing response to the cooking demonstration on Tuesday, where we taught more than 40 people how to make different varieties of tapas.”