Annual Tapas Competition – Round I

Every year in November, Toledo mounts a tapas competition, “La Jornada De La Tapa”. Bars and restaurants create their own special tapa, and our job is to trawl from place to place until we cannot squeeze in another morsel for fear of bursting out of our seams.

Of course, a glass of wine or beer is mandatory with every sampling, I leave it up to you to imagine the state of the judging panel by the end of a 3-hour assessment round. But someone’s got to do it.

The tapas are priced at €2 this year, and there are 82 participating bars and restaurants in Toledo.

This is serious stuff, you understand - this is the voting slip.

This tapas contest is serious stuff, you understand – here are the leaflet and the voting slip.

My co-judges Olga and Carmen

My (already a bit tipsy) co-judges Olga and Carmen

Olga can't wait to tuck in to hers ;-) Steak cooked in soy sauce, with foie gras and and fig salsa.

Oh, the anticipation 😉
Steak cooked in soy sauce, with foie gras and and fig salsa.

Fried Iberian pancetta, chickpea stew with vinaigrette.  Sounds like a weird combo, but it was delish!

Fried Iberian pancetta, chickpea stew with vinaigrette. Sounds like a weird combo, but it was delish!

I didn’t take pics of all the tapas we snarfed, but the one below was the definite winner for me:

Iberian pork glazed with hummus and onions

Glazed Iberian pork with hummus and onions. The meat was melt-in-the-mouth tender and the flavour out of this world.

We finished off with cake, of course:

La Malquerida has probably the best carrot cake I've eaten anywhere. And I've eaten a lot of carrot cake in my life...

‘La Malquerida’ has probably the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten anywhere. And I’ve eaten a lot of carrot cake in my life 😉 This one’s very moist and not too sweet, and I even love the frosting, which I usually just scrape off.

We’re planning on another tapas judging expedition next Sunday. I hope to be a bit more consistent when it comes to taking photos of those lovely creations before gobbling them up.

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54 thoughts on “Annual Tapas Competition – Round I

  1. Jennifer Avventura

    Yummy! Every year small towns in the interior of Sardinia do just the same. I’ve already gone to two and am looking forward to the third. I’m usually tanked and full by the end of it but there’s always a big smile on my face. 🙂

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  2. camparigirl

    This sounds like one of the most fun nights out! I love tapas to death and there are some good Spanish places here in LA but they can’t rival the experience of eating tapas on a Sunday morning before lunch, shoulder to shoulder with a throng of locals!

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  3. Locky

    Zu der fresstour muss ich mich natürlich auch äußern hehe.
    Fressen und saufen Kreuz und quer durch Toledo ? Ich flieg schnell rüber!

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      1. Debbie

        How dreadful, you poor thing!
        Is it feasible to do a day trip to Toledo from Madrid or am I being over ambitious? I am free Tuesday but would have to be back in Madrid by 4ish!

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