New Capital of Gastronomy 2016 announced
Cáceres was bestowed the title of Spanish Capital of Gastronomy last year, a position which it has held since 1 January 2015.
The judging was tough this year, but after beating entrants such as Huelva, Toledo has been voted the next province capital to take the title for 2016.
The jury decided to award Toledo as the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2016 due to its “creative combination of cultural and gastronomical heritage, which will attract visitors to the area next year in order to commemorate the 30th anniversary since UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site and the 400th anniversary since the death of Miguel de Cervantes who resided in Toledo for a great part of his life.”
Therefore, from 1 January 2016 Toledo will relieve Cáceres of the title to become the new Spanish Capital of Gastronomy, an honour that is bound to attract many visitors to the city, enhancing its profile both nationally and internationally, and bringing with it a huge boost to the city’s economy and tourism.
In order to entice visitors who want to find out more about the gastronomy and patrimony of Toledo, the city has programmed a number of events that will take place throughout the course of the year. These include the “Gastro Patios”, which combine gastronomy and music from Toledo and will be held in many of the city’s hidden courtyards, or the “Rutas Gastroconventuales”, through which visitors will discover the taste of the food prepared and eaten in many of Toledo’s convents.
It must be pointed out that there are 800 restaurants in Toledo and 72 inns, which all offer traditional cooking from the area. This generally consists of stews, hotpots, ratatouille, ‘migas’, bread, vegetables and pulses.
In fact, the first cookery book written in the Spanish language, “Libro de Guisados” by Ruperto de Nola, was published in Toledo in 1529.