Oviedo named as the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2024 

Oviedo, the capital city of the Spanish region of Asturias, has been awarded the prestigious title of Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2024, with the runners-up being Alicante (Region of Valencia), Antequera (Andalucía) and Castellón (Region of Valencia). 

Situated in the mountainous north of Spain, Asturian cuisine is famed for its rich meat dishes (such as carne gobernada – beef braised in white wine), fresh seafood, creamy cheeses, savoury stuffed breads (bollos preñaos) and hearty, rich bean stews, the most famous of which is fabada. The region is also well known for its apples, the core ingredient in traditional Asturian cider (sidra), a local delicacy which is customarily poured from a great height. 

Taking over from Cuenca (Castilla-La Mancha), Oviedo was crowned the 2024 Spanish Capital of Gastronomy earlier this month by the Spanish Federation of Hospitality and the Spanish Federation of Journalists and Tourism Writers (FEPET). Having previously held this prestigious title in 2012 and 2022, Oviedo is a gastronomic powerhouse, renowned for its fantastic produce, traditional dishes, culinary heritage and renowned restaurants, including NM by Nacho Manzano, which won its first Michelin star in November 2023.  

Throughout 2024, visitors to Oviedo and its environs can expect to enjoy the many events taking place throughout the city in celebration of Oviedo’s gastronomic traditions, with dishes such as cachopo (a fried cheese-and-veal dish similar to escalope or schnitzel) guaranteed to take centre stage. 

Visitors looking to explore the wider region and taste traditional Asturian cuisine can continue to do so with a stay at one of three nearby Paradores, Spain's state-run network of historic and cultural hotels and restaurants. Dishes offering the perfect blend of classic and modern interpretations of local flavours – ranging from local cheeses and seafood – await guests at the Monasteries Parador de Cangas de Onis and Gijon, as well as at the century-old mill Parador de Corias, where renowned Asturian cider takes precedence. More information is available at https://paradores.es/en. 



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