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  • The 2015 Gastronomic Calendar was launched from the rather windy 20th floor terrace of the Hotel Madeira in Benidorm on Friday - the very same terrace where the Mayor greeted Holloywood icon Joan Collins last year. The event was introduced by the Councillor for Tourism Gema Amor together with Mayor Agustin Navarro and representatives of the participating restaurants and those in the tourism & catering industry. It has only been in the last five years that Benidorm has been holding events to promote the town's gastronomy – the first of which was a "Tapas and Pinchos" competition. The week long event proved so popular, not only among the restaurants, but also with customers that more such events were added throughout the year. In her speech Gema said that it was important to continue to highlight the quality and standard of cuisine on offer here in Benidorm for the discerning diner.

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  • Think of Spain and the three S’s instantly spring to mind - Sun, Sea and Sangria! But food wise, certainly in Benidorm you’d be led to believe that it is all typically British fare. But Fish and Chips, Pie and Chips, English fry-up's… the renowned greedy mans breakfast has been well documented here and Sunday roasts are not the only things on offer. Certainly down in the Rincon area, where the majority of British holidaymakers go it may be. When it comes to food, countries are automatically associated with a certain dish: Italy - pasta and pizza; the UK once upon a time it was fish & chips, now it’s more than likely to be curry; Austria – schnitzel; Hungary – goulash; Greece - moussaka and here in Spain, tapas and paella. Now ask anyone for the best place to try tapas and you will undoubtedly hear two words – Tapas Alley.

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  • One of the exciting things about going abroad is sampling the local cuisine and the two things that most people associate with Spain is Tapas and Paella. The Spanish never ever eat paella in the evening – only at lunchtime as they say it will sit on your stomach. Here in Benidorm, the best place to sample Tapas is in the Old Town on Calle Santo Domingo, better known to most as Tapas Alley. Located just off the walking street, the entire road is lined with tapas bars and here you will be able to sample some exceptional top-quality Spanish gastronomy. The Brits normally associate the word tapas with all the little snacks on offer, but officially they are categorised as either tapas or pinchos. Traditionally pinchos are slices of bread with things on top whereas tapas come in little terracotta dishes, which can either be served hot or cold, but need to be eaten with a folk

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  • The fifth Tapas & Pinchos competition was officially launched up at the Mirador in the Old Town today - a fabulous iconic setting. 26 restaurants are taking part this year – a record, showing the popularity and competitiveness of each.

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  • Benidorm is hosting the sixth annual "Tapas and Pinchos" competition – which starts on Saturday June 4 and lasts until Sunday June 12. It is part of the hugely successful Gastronomy Calendar, which aims to highlight and promote the standard and quality of cuisine on offer here in Benidorm.
    In total 28 establishments are taking part, many of which are located down Calle Santo Domingo – better known as Tapas Alley, in the Old Town.

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