IF YOU fancy a taste of exotic food and drink coupled with a hopefully balmy night together with music, dance and even cookery demonstrations then do visit the 10th Calentita night which runs from 7pm to 1am in Grand Casemates Square on Saturday June 18.
This annual Gastronomy Festival, presented by Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Word of Mouth, promises to be a grand evening reminding visitors of the wealth of different cultural influences that are not only to be seen, but also to be tasted in Gibraltar.
There will be one omission from the night, as because the festival is being held during the Muslim Festival of Ramadan, the usually highly popular Moroccan Community Association food stall will not be present as the festival begins before nightfall.
This will however still be the largest Calentita ever held and includes some novel new contests including Best Gibraltarian Desert and Best Torta. In order to ease congestion, it will run from Casemates into Market Place and Corral Road so that all of the different food offerings which will see British, German, Gibraltarian, Indian and Portuguese cuisine to name a few can be prepared and enjoyed in comfort.
In an effort to save on waste and additional work, Newton Store have donated an iPhone 6s so that anyone who brings their own plates and crockery can be entered into a draw to win it.
The Minister for Culture, the Hon Steven Linares, said: “The Government’s Gastronomy Festival, ‘Calentita’, is once again upon us and this year is extra special, given that we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary. Calentita proves to be a popular event in our cultural calendar that has grown year-on-year. Calentita shows how Gibraltar’s multiculturalism is an example to the world: Our family values, our diversity and harmony are all represented at this event.”