Ocean Village’s First Festival of Flavours – a delicious experience

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The contestants for Mrs Gibraltar 2017 and Sean Acris

THE weekend’s Festival of Flavours showcased a diverse range of signature dishes from many of the restaurants in Ocean Village Gibraltar.

Julia Martin, a popular jazz and blues singer, kicked off the two day culinary event on Saturday morning, hosted by Katy Docker from the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation who spoke about the history and most popular dishes of each restaurant.

The Mrs Gibraltar 2017 hopefuls made an appearance, and posed for photographs with host, Mr. Gibraltar Sean Vincent Acris, who entertained the crowd during the afternoon with his natural flair and jokes.

Wagamama were first out of the gate, cooking up an incredible combination of flavours with four dishes and one of the most attractive demonstrations was the huge paella that The Arena’s head chef cooked up, which provided servings for up to 30 people.

Chef Amit of the Little Bay Indian cooked up three batches of his spicy Chicken Murgh 65, each with more chillies than the last whilst Ben, head chef from O’Reillys and Bridge Bar & Grill was applauded for his hilarious Mexican-inspired demo of spicy beef tacos, complete with tequila and sombrero.

Several of the cooking demonstrations were interactive with members of the public joining in.

Pizza Express, gave one lucky woman the chance to try her hand at making her own creation and The Cuban, who took up the offer of assistance from a little helper, who wowed everyone with his Michelin-starred enthusiasm for the criolla toast, and orange and honey glazed ribs! 

MJ from Benjamin’s Gourmet Foods challenged host, Sean to a “plating contest” for her delicious Baked Alaska dessert.

Sunborn Hotel closed the Festival, and they kept things traditional with a twist; steamed bread buns with pulled lamb sprinkled with juicy pomegranate seeds and a vegetarian option of falafel.

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