A true taste of Catalonian culture is arriving in Manchester this March as the city gets geared up to celebrate the famous ‘Calçotada’ Catalonian festival – taking place within Deansgate’s independent restaurant, bar and deli – Lunya.
Sunday 17th March will celebrate the seasonal arrival of the unusual ‘Calcot’ – a Spanish vegetable, best described as a cross between a spring onion and a baby leek.
Ok…so what’s it all about?
The Calçotada, is, as Catalan culture knows best – a total celebration of food, diversity, life, and those we share it with!
The traditional calcots will be charred over flames making them super soft and sweet on the inside, with a rustic, smoky flavour. At the event they’ll be served just as they would be in the place itself – wrapped in newspaper, and eaten with the hands – after being dipped in Romesco sauce (almonds, roasted peppers, olive oil & sherry vinegar). Mmm-mmmm.
For the carnivores among you, a range of chargrilled meats will also feature – and though the event’s an early one (it starts at 12pm sharp!) that doesn’t mean it’ll be a dry affair. The pouring the of cava from a great height using a porron (a traditional Catalan wine pitcher) is absolutely expected 😉
Needed too, to wash down a succulent feast of traditional Catalan bread, lamb chops, chicken with rosemary, and of course traditional patatas bravas with aioli (just don’t bank on kissing anyone that evening ;))
Here’s just a small taster of what you can expect…
Booking is essential and you can do so via the official website here.