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"World Tapas Day 2019" on horizon

Released at: 19:33, 03/06/2019

"World Tapas Day 2019" on horizon

Photo: Thuy Duong

Celebrations to be held from June 20 to 23 at 20 Spanish restaurants in four major cities.

by Jessica Nguyen

As a special event to introduce Spain’s culinary culture to the world, “World Tapas Day 2019” is being co-organized by the Spanish Embassy in Hanoi and the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office in Ho Chi Minh City, with the participation of more than 20 restaurants in Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.

“I’m happy to invite you to celebrate World Tapas Day, which is being organized for the first time in Vietnam,” said H.E. Jesús Figa, Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam. “Twenty Spanish restaurants in four major cities will celebrate these days with various exclusive types of tapas that will bring surprising flavor to Vietnamese tables.”

On June 20 in Hanoi, Da Nang and Hoi An, and from June 20 to 23 in Ho Chi Minh City, certain bars and restaurants will offer “a glass of wine with tapa” at a special price of VND100,000 ($4.5). Guests can also get their “tapas passport” stamped at any of them. Collect all the stamps in one city by having a drink and a tapa in each of the participating restaurants and join a final raffle to get one of the organizer’s delicious prizes. Quick Spanish-language lessons will also be held at selected restaurants. Throughout June, online quizzes on Spanish gastronomy and an online contest for tapa recipes will be launched on the embassy’s Facebook page.

Tapas are bite-sized portions of food served together with a drink. In Spain you can often order a drink and the bar will treat you to a small “tapa”. Legend has it that it was King Alfonso X, in the 13th century, who started this tradition, when he decreed that all wine served should come with a small bite to eat, to avoid unruly drunkenness.

Taverns began serving wine in glasses covered with a slice of bread and ham or cheese on top as a lid, or “tapa”, which also helped keep insects away. And that is how tapas were born. Today the tradition remains. Going out for tapas, visiting several bars and restaurants, is one of the favorite pastimes of Spanish families and groups of friends.

Spain welcomes about 80 million international visitors every year, with its cuisine considered a tourist attraction.

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