Toledo, Spain’s Capital of Gastronomy in 2016

Toledo, Spain’s Capital of Gastronomy in 2016

It was in Toledo where the first treaty in Spanish cuisine , the Book of Casseroles by Ruperto de Nola was published in 1529, coinciding with the stay in the city of Emperor Charles V. The traditional cuisine of Toledo can be defined as tasteful and evocative, expressive, bright, forthright, consistent and nutritious.

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The City of the Three Cultures welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, who visit to experience its unique culture, typical cuisine and also enjoy nature at its very best. Due to its eclectic mix of unique civilizations and gastronomical heritage, Toledo was chosen as the Spanish Gastronomy Capital for 2016 by the Spanish Federation of Journalists and Tourist Writers and the Spanish Hotel and Catering Association. Beyond its designation as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Toledo is home to loads of local cuisine worth trying out. 2016 in Toledo was definitely a year of celebration and fun, as it featured series of gastronomic activities and astounding events to be celebrated all year round. Toledo is the fifth Spanish city to have won the title of Spanish Gastronomy Capital after Caceres (2015), Vitoria-Gasteiz (2014), Burgos (2013) and Logroño (2012).

The traditional cuisine of Toledo can be defined as tasteful and evocative, expressive, bright, forthright, consistent and nutritious.

We had the opportunity to enjoy great tasting cuisine grounded in tradition and the use of freshly produced ingredients. Toledo’s reinvented cuisine which can be simply described as nutritious, expressive and delightful, is worth exploring. The culinary term as the Spanish Gastronomy Capital for 2016 coincided with the celebration of its 30th anniversary as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city’s rich heritage originates from unique cultures, varied languages and religions that had been in existence on the streets of this intricate old town since time immemorial.

Program of Gastronomic activities

Toledo, Spain Capital of Gastronomy 2016

Toledo hosted a lot of great gastronomic activities all year round. Listed below is a list of the program of events:

  • “Puchero” and “Cazuela” (typical local casseroles) events in the province took place between the months of February and March;
  • Competition “Out for tapas around Toledo” was scheduled for June;
  • In November: tapas events and “Out for cocktails around Toledo”;
  • The “Toledopass Gourmet”, an activity which offered visitors the chance to enjoy typical tapas in any of the bars and cafes throughout the year.

However, there are other lovely activities and events worth exploring in Toledo.

The unmissable dishes from Toledo

Toledo, Spain's Capital of Gastronomy in 2016

There are plenty of traditional bars and restaurants where visitors can enjoy local cuisine. One of the most popular dishes Toledo is synonymous with is marzipan, local sweet made with almonds, sugar and egg yolks. Another specialty worth trying is carcamusas, the most typical tapa in Toledo, made with slow cooked pork, peas, tomatoes and white wine and served in a cazuela, a small clay dish. The carcamusa is accompanied with chunks of crusty bread and best combined with a glass of red wine, better if it is local. The acclaimed game meat is enormously appreciated, the region’s rugged terrain and extreme seasons is homeland of big and small wild game. Venison and red partridge are not to be missed.

To immerse yourself in the Toledo cuisine is being immersed in history. Its food recounts the same as its streets; every bite is a book page; every meal is a chapter. Let us assist you in planning your private trip to Toledo, or join us at our small group tour CÚRATE Trips to delight your five senses.

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