I have just recently arrived home from an amazing trip around Europe. I went to many different countries including the Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, Estonia and finally Spain. Now all of them were amazing in their own way but I definitely loved Spain. Between the amazing places I was able to visit and the amazing food I wanted to design an event theme that would show off the Spanish culture.
This was my favorite part about Spain! The food everywhere I went was just amazing especially when I was in San Sebastian. Below are some of my favorite types of food and would be the best choices to have at your events.
Pintxos (Basque) or Pinchos (Spanish)
These delicious little bites are notorious in northern Spain especially in the Basque areas. They are typically found in bars and taverns and are eaten as small snacks. I could never just eat one so I would just take a few and make that my meal. “Pintxos” consist of small slices of bread upon which an ingredient or mixture of ingredients is placed and fastened with a toothpick. These ingredients include ham, fish, chicken, shrimp, empanadas and croquettes.
Tapas are very similar to pintxos, the main difference is as noted above pintxos are generally eaten with toothpicks and most tapas are not. Also it is rare to see tapas just sitting out on the bars like pintxos in northern Spain. There are many wonderful tapas restaurants throughout Spain so no Spanish themed event should be found without them. Check out some awesome tapas recipes right HERE.
Paella is believed to be one of Spain’s national dishes and consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat (chicken and rabbit), land snails, beans and seasoning as saffron, rosemary and occasionally lemon. There are various other recipes that also include seafood instead of land animal meat.
Of course this is many peoples favorite parts of travelling Spain especially since wine is usually cheaper than water. These drinks are considered to be two of the most recognized drinks from Spain.
Sangria consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up may be added.
Kalimotxo is served in bars in short glass tumblers. Plenty of ice is added, then the 2/3 red wine and 1/3 cola. In other areas the drink is served in tall glasses. Sometimes Ouzo or anise flavoring is added. Another variation calls for a lime twist.
Now that you have food and drinks down it is time to entertain your guests and give them a look into traditional Spanish culture.
Flamenco consists of staccato dancing, castanets, hand clapping and passionate guitar picking. Originally practiced by gypsies, flamenco has grown into one of Spain’s most popular musical genres. Getting a couple to dance flamenco will be sure to entertain the guests at your event.
One thing many people think about when they think about Spain is the famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona and traditional Bullfighting. One way to guest your guests engaged in the theme is to require a red and white dress code. In Running of the Bulls participants are asked to where all white with a red scarf around their neck and then for Bullfighting the infamous red cape to get the bulls attention. If all guests where these colors it will be very festive.
For the events décor you can carry out the red and white theme and incorporate blackout line of Bullfighters, Flamenco Dancers and Bulls.
If one is to incorporate these traditional Spanish traditions into the theme of their event it should be one heck of a party!