Discovering inland Spain
In inland Spain, gastronomy is much, much more than simply sitting down to eat. It is a genuine way of life in which you are warmly invited to take part. Scouring the forest in search of wild mushrooms, enjoying the pleasures of Spain's gastronomic festivals, visiting food-themed museums... and even the chance to form part of a culinary team led by one of Spain's top chefs! Come and savour life to the full.
If you've ever wondered what it's like cooking for one of the best restaurants in Spain, here's your chance to find out. In La Rioja you can do so for a few hours with the award-winning chef Francis Paniego, and the whole kitchen team at the Hotel Echaurren in Ezcaray . Picture yourself there!
Where can you sample all La Rioja's most typical products? In its gastronomic festivals of course! At these traditional festivals in this region of Spain you're guaranteed to find a range of exquisite dishes. The Vegetable Festival, the Trout Festival, the Truffle Fair… Discover what events are held in each town and village and what dates they take place (you'll find there are various on offer at any time of year).
Cast aside the idea that good wine can only be enjoyed at the table, and come and discover that in La Rioja it can be experienced at every turn. You'll be able to visit its great temples to wine, enormous avant-garde and modern wineries, which are distinctively different from many other more traditional buildings. You can take part in a wine harvest and even help to bottle the crop. You'll also learn the secrets of wine tasting, serving wine, and combining wine with food. You'll have the chance to enjoy a spa treatment based on wine. And as a souvenir, as well as your favourite wine, don't forget to take away a wineskin, an urn, or a handcrafted water jar.
Are you tempted by the idea of combining accommodation with fine dining? La Rioja's gastrohotels are a chance to do exactly that, as they include the gastronomic experience as one of the most important features of their offer. Find out where they are.
The activity 'Experiencias Echaurren' takes place only in Spanish, but it is so entertaining and participative that fun is guaranteed even without any knowledge of the language.
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