On World Tapas Day, June 20th I´m sharing my experience at the fifth edition of ´Bocados´ festival.

This gastronomic event in Granada was earlier this month. Located on Paseo del Salon, along the river, it lasted four days.

Celebrated annually in Granada, this year it was also held in Valencia on 14th-16th June.

Accompanied by Jazz music it took place in the Parque Doctor Lluch.

Alvaro Arriaga and Food Blogger Piccavey in Granada Spain

Granada Food Festival

This years Granada edition ran from 30th May until 2nd June 2019 and 8 local chefs competed.

Open to the public from 12h to 4.30pm and 8pm to midnight its a great way to discover new culinary ideas. Discovering the latest ideas from local chefs in Granada.

All eight chefs congregate at this culinary meeting point. As well as the delicious food on offer there are other activities such as showcooking demostrations,  beer tasting workshops, live music and DJ´s.

Opened by Álvaro Arriaga (Restaurante Arriaga) Paco Morales (NOOR) and Celia Jiménez (Restaurante Celia Jiménez) it was a busy day. Attended by local authorities, top chefs and the organisers from Michelin Spain and Mahou San Miguel.

Chef Jose Carlos Garcia Granada Spain.jpg

Michelin Bib Gourmand

An important part of the four day foodie event was the presentation of 2019 Bib Gourmand restaurants in Andalucia. Since 1997 Bib Gourmand Red guides by Michelin offer locations where you can dine for under 35 euros.

This years publication recognised 38 restaurants across Andalucia. The chefs were presented with their embroidered chefs jacket in Granada by the director of Michelin Spain. It was great to see that so many places listed in the Southern Spain region.

Restaurants from all Andalusian & Spanish provinces feature in this years red guide

This years ´Buenas Mesas a Menos de 35€´ covers 407 restaurants in Spain and Portugal, also including the 38 Andalucian locations.

Michelin Bib Gourmand Red Guide Spain

The Andalucian listing is as follows:

Great food under €35

Almeria

  • Asador La Chumbera, Agua Amarga
  • Juan Moreno, Vera

Cadiz

  • Casa Bigote, de Sanlúcar de Barrameda
  • El Duque, de Medina-Sidonia
  • La Condesa, Jerez de la Frontera
  • Sopranis,  Cádiz
  • Venta La Duquesa,  Medina Sidonia
  • Casa Paco, Chipiona
  • Arohaz , Zahora

Córdoba

  • La Cuchara de San Lorenzo,  Córdoba
  • La Lonja,  Córdoba
  • La Taberna de Almodóvar, Córdoba
  • El Envero,  Córdoba
  • Casa Pedro, Puente Genil

Jaen

  • Canela en Rama,  Linares
  • Cantina la Estación,  Úbeda
  • Amaranto,  Úbeda
  • Mesón Leandro, de Cazorla
  • Oliva Garden, La Guardia de Jaén
  • Los Sentidos, Linares

Granada

  • El Chaleco, Almuñécar
  • La Cantina de Diego, Monachil

Huelva

  • Aires de Doñana , El Rocío
  • Casa Dirección, Valverde del Camino
  • Arrieros, Linares de la Sierra

Aires de Donana Huelva

Malaga

  • Aderezzo, Marbella
  • BiBo,  Marbella
  • Café de París, Málaga
  • El Palangre,  Estepona
  • Figón de Juan,  Málaga
  • Platero y Co, Gaucín

Sevilla

  • Agustina, Cazalla de la Sierra
  • Az-Zait,  Sevilla
  • Cañabota, Sevilla
  • El Gallinero de Sandra, Sevilla
  • Torres y García,  Sevilla
  • Manolo Mayo,  Los Palacios y Villafranca
  • Deli, de Montellano

Beer tasting Activity Bocados Granada

Bocados Granada Food Festival

Back to the food festival.

The participating chefs, restaurants and dishes in the Granada 2019 Bocados were:

  • Crunchy Veal Carpaccio from Panema Gastrobar by Iván Serrano
  • Smoked Canelon from 4U Restaurant by José Angel Leyva

4U Granada Bocados Foodie fair.

  • Gachas + Motril Shrimp ´Quisquilla´ from Tasca La Tarasca by Javier Feixas
  • Nasrid Legacy from La Seda by José Pablo Frias
  • Alpujarra Style Ribs from Gastrobar Qubba by José M Magin
  • A bite of Soup from la Taberna 2.0 by Roberto Parejo
  • Air of the Fair from Las Tinajas by Miguel Angel Rincón
  • Stuffed Red Pepper from Bar Rojo by Carmen Bullejos (shown below)

Bar Rojo Stuffed Pepper Bocados in Granada Spain

In this fifth edition the dishes were closely matched and all impeccably presented.

The judges must have had quite the task to decide on the winner.

Bocados Jose M Magin Qubba Granada

Bocados Winner 2019

This year the winning entry was Alpujarra Style Ribs. Created by Gastrobar Qubba by Chef José M Magin. (shown above)

Qubba is located on Calle Professor Tierno Galván, Granada. Although this only opened in September 2018 but is already getting a great reputuation for contemporary cuisine. It is in the same building as Hotel Saray, close to Palacio de Congresos and easy for parking too.

After trying all eight entries, my personal selection from the ´bocados´was Nasrid Legacy. The entry from La Seda and chef José Pablo Frias. I actually tasted it four times. It was so delicious. (seen below)

A take on Pastela Moruna (Moroccoan inspired chicken pie with cinnamon) the presentation was just immaculate.

So delicate and perfectly mouth sized. La Seda restaurant on Plaza Bib Rambla offers Organic food. They also do a fabulous kiwi and fresh cheese toast for breakfast.

Bocados Granada Spain La Seda

(more details in Spanish here: Festival Gastronomia Bocados )

Food Pairing with Beer

Organized by Mahou San Miguel there were some great beers on offer to accompany and pair with the tasty dishes. They also did some blind tasting activities or beer pouring competitions over the 4 days.

  • Alhambra Reserva 1925
  • Alhambra Roja
  • Alhambra Vintage
  • Alhambra sin Especial (Alcohol free)
  • San Miguel Magna
  • San Miguel Manila
  • Mahou gluten free
  • Mahou toasted 0,0
  • Mahou Original

Cervezas Alhambra Pilsen Vintage Beer Granada Spain

There were specialist beers on offer too. Such as barrel aged ones with sherry notes or Baltic porter. The Baltic porter has licorice notes and is a deep brown almost black colour.

  • Alhambra Baltic Porter
  • Alhambra with Pedro Ximenez
  • Alhambra with Amontillado
  • Alhambra with Palo Cortado

Bocados 2019 Foodie Fair in Granada Valencia Spain

Tapas in Granada

Find out more about gastronomy in Southern Spain reading about the difference between Raciones Tapas and Montaditos 

Or discover my post on Tapas Bars in Granada or Restaurant Recommendations for Granada

or you may want to find out more about the Granada de Tapas Festival which is celebrated in March.