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Saborea Lanzarote Celebrates Cochino Negro

Tourists visiting Lanzarote this week are in for a real culinary treat as the islands latest Gastronomy Week gets underway from November 9th to 16th. These regular events are organized by a local called Saborea Lanzarote – or Taste Lanzarote in English – and they are designed to showcase both the quality and variety of local produce, encompassing both wine and foodstuffs.

Poster, Saborea Lanzarote

Celebrate Gastronomy Week...

Each Gastronomy Week focuses on a different type of produce and this time around it is the turn of the Cochino Negro, or black Canarian pig, which is the start of the show. The Cochino Negro is bred exclusively in the Canaries and a number of restaurants in Lanzarote will be creating their own special recipes using this base ingredient to mark the event.

These participating restaurants include the Monumento al Campesino, La Canada in Puerto del Carmen, Isla de Lobos in Yaiza, Getaria in Costa Teguise, Casa Roja branches in Puerto del Carmen and the Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca, Taberna de Nino in Puerto del Carmen, Isla Bonita and Marea in Costa Teguise, La Cantina in Teguise and La Puntilla in El Charco, Arrecife.

Despite being an island race many locals prefer meat to seafood and demand for traditional specialties such as kid, rabbit and goat is reflected in the fact that these items often crop up on menus in restaurants serving Comida Tipica – local Canarian food. Despite its aridity Lanzarote still produces plenty of vegetable crops and farming remains a way of life for many, especially in the north of the island, where locations such as the Valley of Temisa are home to numerous working fincas. Where local farmers grow a variety of crops such as maize, potatoes, tomatoes and onions as well as papaya, banana, mango and much more besides.

Saborea Lanzarote was formed a couple of years ago to help boost demand for and appreciation of local produce and to date the organization has staged a number of very successful tasting weeks that have encompassed foodstuffs from tuna through to island grown beans. They hope that the latest celebration of Cochino Negro will help to raise awareness of this delicacy and provide a shot in the arm for local producers.

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