Lobster and Cociña Festival Mariñeira in A Guarda
Our neighbors in A Guarda held this weekend, from 4 to 7 July, the Lobster and Cociña Mariñeira Festival, one of the gastronomic festivals more acclaimed as a genuine recognized delicacy is exalted in all world. This year also, the celebration is recognized as Tourist Festival of Galicia. The banquet will take place in the area of the port of A Guarda (Pontevedra). Check here the festival program.
Prices are 35 euros for a whole entire room and 18 euros half lobster. Besides the tasty crustacean, the festive menu is complemented by a wide range; typical of the kitchens of the coast, as the skewer Xouba, pie scallops, squid, cuttlefish and squid dishes; seasonal products such as Padrón peppers and traditional desserts such as pancakes, the roulade yolk or "pilgrim Bastons do."
The origins of this festival date back, like most of those held in Galicia, in the nineties. Promoting tourism in the community began pulling pantry off the supply of perpetual sunshine and beach offering direct competitors in the south and the Mediterranean.
The passing years have shown that while the Atlantic beaches are superior to Mediterranean on the state of water and sand, access and quality of stay, few communities can boast of beaches of white, clean, LF sand in the desert you do not need to get up at dawn to catch the lack of site-days of sun forces the tourism sector to strive in such celebrations. And boy have you got.
A Guarda is known as the lobster capital since the quality of the shellfish in this area so the celebration in 1991 of the first lobster feast was soon supported by the public. But there was not just stay there and leisure activities was increasing to make a mere gastronomic event a real holiday.
It is a curious case how they have been incorporated into the traditional festivities, mostly related to daily work and dedication to the patron saints, celebrations linked to the food. It is almost a commonplace to emphasize the product quality of the Rias Baixas, so good that hardly requires accompaniments such as sauces or marinades but never tire of remembering and, why not, they are a source of brotherhood among the common people and those come to find out in situ.
A you do you think? Dining holidays should be a holiday such as holy ones?