Tasting San Fermín!

Menestra de verduras / Toya Legido - ICEX

Menestra de verduras / Toya Legido – ICEX

People around the world associate annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona (Navarre) with the running of the bulls, but Sanfermines (as it’s known to locals) also involves a range of local traditions and folkloric customs that are carried out year after year in honor of this region’s patron saint.

Going on right now (from July 6th – 15th), it should come as no surprise that revelers and runners attending Sanfermines should take time out to enjoy the fantastic gastronomy from this area. Aside from classic area restaurants like Pamplona stalwart Restaurante Alhambra, which offer special, Sanfermines-themed menus on these dates, there is no shortage of bars and other local establishments where one can get a taste of this city and its traditional gastronomy.

And  if you can’t make it to Pamplona but you still want to sample its cuisine, try these two classic recipes that are characteristic of this area, and that together make the perfect Sanfermines meal.

Bull’s tail, or Rabo de toro, is understandably a staple during this week long event, characterized by its bullfights and daily running of the bulls (the general term for this dish is “Ox Tail” in English, but in this case it is from Spanish bulls).

Navarre is known for its wonderful vegetables, and perhaps one of the best ways to highlight these products is with this delicious and simple Vegetable medley, or Menestra de Verduras.

Now all that’s left is to pair these dishes with one of the wonderful wines from Navarre, and you’re all set!

 

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