Gastrofestival: What's new for 2014
This year’s Gastrofestival Madrid is in full swing and is proving to be more tantalising than ever with the addition of new features for 2014 including ‘19th Century Morsels’ and ‘Literary Bites’.
Running until 9 February, Gastrofestival Madrid 2014 features an exciting new workshop called ‘19th Century Morsels’ at the Cerralbo Museum. The workshop involves the Gastrofestival joining forces with renowned chef Íñigo Carreto to run an extensive introduction to cooking some of the most famous dishes from two centuries ago. Participants will be able to learn about cooking traditions and take place in a practical class to replicate some of the most popular dishes from that era, based on menus preserved in the museum. Some of the menus were even used for banquets held by the Marquis of Cerralbo himself, and many have their origins in French cuisine.
Another feature new for this year is ‘Literary Bites’, taking place at the Chocolatería San Ginés café on 30 January and 6 February. The event will look back on famous gatherings that took place in Madrid in the 20th Century and welcome authors including Luis Antonio de Villena, Jesús Ruiz- Mantilla, Elena Medal, Javier Rioyo, Fernando Beltrán and Sophia Rheia to discuss gastronomy.
During the festival special discounts can be found in bookshops and postcards will be given out stamped with important Spanish literary works. In addition, at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, cookery books will be exchanged for free in La Pecera café and on the rooftop terrace in a new feature called ‘Gastrobook Crossing’.
Museums taking part in Gastrofestival
Prado Museum ‘cakes and wine’ 24, 25, 26 and 31 January and 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 February: a route around the museum showcasing artwork featuring both gastronomic treats.
The Garment Museum ‘Cocktail dresses-a garment for a new era’ 29 January to 5 February: a guided tour centred around the origin of the cocktail dress.
The Sorolla Museum 'The orange: the ingredient, dressing and dessert' 29 January: a workshop on the introduction of the orange to Spanish cooking.
The Museum of Romanticism 'Cheers! Glass on 19th Century tables' 28 and 30 January, 4 February: a study of the history of glass and its uses on 19th century tables.