To celebrate the asparagus harvest our local hotel, Cortijo de Tajar, is holding a gastronomic weekend. Its restaurant, which is regarded as one of the best in the area, is offering 3 course dinners with 3 choices per course. Every dish includes locally grown asparagus and produce from the area. For example, one first course is crunchy cakes of langostine and green asparagus; a second course is lamb from the Sierra de Loja stuffed with asparagus and a pudding course is vanilla ice cream with asparagus marmalade. The cost is €32 per head but includes an aperitif, wines from the region, liquors and coffee.
At midday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the hotel is offering a tasting of local wines, cheeses and tapas. For information about the hotel have a look at their web site www.cortijodetajar.es.
Today, Saturday, we attended the wine and tapas tasting. The wines were from the Bodegas Pago de Almaraes in the north west of Granada. Their white, elaborated mainly with Muscatel grapes was superb and has won a gold medal. We shall visit the vineyard later and report in more detail. www.bodegaspagodealmaraes.es
Also on display for sampling were the vegetable marmalades from Casa Rufino, Huétor Tájar. The marmalades are produced from asparagus, artichokes, red peppers, beetroot and tomatoes. www.mermeladascasarufino.com. We were also served with the most delicious tapas prepared in the hotel’s kitchen.