Casares celebrates the fifth edition of ‘Degusta Casares’, a weekend to enjoy Casares with a Tapas Route, local food market, tour of the historic town centre, along with performances of the Fandango casareño, live flamenco, floral decoration contest, and a programme of workshops to learn traditional food preparation and about the nature of Casares.
Degusta Casares offers an ideal opportunity to get to know Casares and enjoy its culture and cuisine that features the goat as its main ingredient, said the mayor, Pepe Carrasco.
Degusta Casares showcases the richness and variety of local cuisine and culture whilst enhancing local commerce in the area. The Secretary of CIT Casares has also indicated that in this edition the Fair’s programme is divided into four parts that complement each other: the Tapas Route, the handicraft market, the cultural section with its various workshops, conferences and live music and two competitions of traditional and avant-garde cuisine.
Tagarninas with goat, quesadilla, black pudding, goat stew with chickpeas, goat stew with garlic and brandy sauce, kid chops, goat cheese, black pudding with tomato or onion are some of the dishes that will be available to sample during this weekend in the local bars and restaurants that participate in the Tapas Route.
Along with the gastronomic offerings, Degusta Casares, brings with it a market in the Paseo de la Carrera with a score of food and artisanal stalls, including olive oils, cured meats, cheeses, craft beer, honey, wines, soaps, nougat, innovative ice cream, the Botika Educasaluss sweet stand and bars with tapas and drinks.
There will also be a children’s area where children can have fun in the care of supervisor, doing activities, and the tent where the workshops will take place.
The workshops are also a fundamental part of the programming of this Gastronomic Fair, providing an opportunity to learn traditional recipes and the nature of Casares. Those interested can register the same day, in advance of the activity at the information table in the marquee in Paseo de la Carrera.
At 12 noon on Saturday, a honey-making workshop is presented by the local beekeeper Nicolás Castañeda, followed at 12.45 pm with another on the manufacture of candles. On the same Saturday, at 1 pm, the young local photographer Andrés Rojas Sánchez will speak about “Birds of Casares”; and in the afternoon, at 4.30 pm, there will be a cheese making workshop by Juan Ocaña from Quesería Sierra Crestellina.
Workshops continue on Sunday at 11.30 am with David Chapman offering a workshop on Solar Cooking; Then, at 12 noon there will be the presentation of the Casares Dragonfly Guide, and at 4.30 pm a workshop on essential oils in hygiene and cosmetics by Ely Lozano.
Degusta Casares also has a stage in the Plaza de España where on Saturday at 6 pm the Negra Negra group will perform, and on Sunday a flamenco show with Eva Cabrera and Javier Pineda. In addition to the route of the Fandango Casareño, a show with music and live dancing of the Panda Fandanguera de Casares and the Municipal School of Dance that include representation of the traditional fiesta of fandango casareños in different parts of the historic town centre.
The programme is completed by cooking competitions with prizes of 300 euros each, to encourage participants to reproduce traditional recipes, or to innovate in the creation of recipes for the new cuisine. The open kitchen will be Saturday morning in the kitchen in calle Carrera; and the traditional cuisine on Sunday at 1.30 in calle Carrera.
In addition, throughout the weekend the contest of decorated facades and alleys with plants and pots, which offers a tour of the historic town centre to enjoy its most beautiful streets.