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León, the Spanish capital of Gastronomy 2018


If there is something that defines the city of León above everything else, it has to be its great gastronomic culture. Leon is the Spanish city with a greater number of bars and restaurants with respect to its registered population.

As a result of this love and passion for flavoursome and aromatic foods, the city of León has recently participated in the national gastronomic contest to compete against other Spanish cities for the title of Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2018.

The jury that had to evaluate the various cities aspiring to such a prestigious gastronomic award was made up of various professionals from the world of tourism, hospitality and institutional representatives belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture such as the Spanish Hotel Confederation, the Institute of Quality Spanish Tourism, National Paradores, the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies, FITUR, Turespaña, Saborea Spain, FEHR, Euro-Touches European Community of Chefs, Young Restaurant Owners, Circle of Centennial Restaurants and the Association of Restaurants the Good Table among others.


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In the 2017 edition, the winning motto that crowned León as the Spanish capital of Gastronomy for the upcoming year, 2018, was "Food of the Kings", which is an allegory relating to the historical tradition of the Catholic monarchs, Fernando de Aragón and Isabel de Castilla. This motto has made a deep impact on the jury's decision thanks to the highly popular and authentic culinary dishes such as cecina (dried meat), the dazzling botillo (meat-stuffed pork intestine), Valderón cheese and the ever so appetising Bierzo roasted peppers.

The current winner of the Capital of Gastronomy in 2017 was the city of Huelva, but next year, it will be León taking the throne for 365 days. 

León will begin its mandate as a Spanish gastronomic capital from January 1st, 2018. The city will have a perfect opportunity to convince its inhabitants about its authentic food as well as to encourage tourists to come to the beautiful city. This award was based on scoring up to 155 different types of food related to every city's local cuisine. As an example, visitors were able to sample the wide range of flavours from the gourmet foods that were specially selected to represent the city of León. 

If before there was no excuse to come to León and enjoy its wide cultural offer, during its reign as the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2018, a visit to this city will be a must in order to satisfy your taste buds and fill your stomach.

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