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Requena’s Sausage Fest: The Aftermath

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On Saturday morning, we bundled up and took the train from Valencia’s Sant Isidre station to Requena; a beautiful 90-minute continuous ascent into the mountains. Snow was falling, lightly dusting the trees, ravines and cliffs we passed. This was the first time all year I’d seen snow.

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The sausage festival was about as we expected it — sausagey. For €9, we got 5 little sausage plates, 2 glasses of wine, a water, bread, and something vaguely described as a “Product from the Housewives Association”. It was cheesy and fishy, and I don’t think I’d like to dwell on it any further.

The festival was a bit smaller than I anticipated; but then, how many sausage stands does one need? We bravely munched through 4 of our 5 desgustaciones of chorizo & morcilla, before hoisting the white flag.

– Stay over night in Requena: Requena Hotels

The best part of the day came after we left the festival — an extended visit to Meson del Viño. This is an awesome little pub/restaurant, decked out in bullfighting paraphernalia. We had a couple hours to kill before our train back home, and didn’t feel like walking around in the freezing cold, so we were happy to spend some time in this extremely loud and lively bar. Worth a visit when you’re in Requena.

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February 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm Comments (4)

Dum Dum Dum Dum…. SAUSAGETIME!

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Tomorrow, we are on our way to Sausage Land! Where sugar, spice, and all the other things which make up little girls… are crammed into pig intestines AND CONSUMED!!!

Longaniza, Morcilla, Chorizo, Salchichón. Sweet, delectable morsels, every one. I plan on acquainting myself with each of you, on an… intimate basis. You naughty little vixens, I’m going to gobble you up, yes I am!

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Requena’s Muestra del Embutido has become an important date on Valencia’s culinary calendar. In this, its 17th year, the festival is celebrating recognition as an Event of Touristic Interest.

Requena is also known for its Vendimia (wine harvest) festival in the summer. Close to Utiel, the region is renowned throughout Spain for its excellent food and drink. The sausage fest runs from the 12th to 14th of February. Requena can be reached from Valencia on Renfe Cercanías, for a negligible fee.

Festival’s Official Site

Crazy festivals in Valencia

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February 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm Comment (1)

First Feria de Gastronómica in Valencia

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2009 has been Valencia’s year of “firsts”. The first ATP tennis tournament, US style rodeo, and Oktoberfest were among the highlights.

So now, Valencia presents the very first Feria de Gastronómica. It’s the same concept as the wine fest or the tapas fair. You buy food & beverage stamps which allow you to sample from different stands.

It’s a feast and if you see something you like you can buy larger amounts of it. Mmm, those cheeses … delicious!

Feria Gastronómica runs until this Sunday and it’s located inside Plaza de Toros.

More yummy pictures:

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November 12, 2009 at 7:49 pm Comments (0)