News | Jan 12 2018

Who Makes the Best Fabada in Spain?

Spanish chefs compete for a spot in upcoming international competition

 

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Although every day is a good one for fabada, this January 15th will be a banner day for this delicious Asturian bean stew at the Centro Asturiano de Madrid, a popular regional cultural center where fourteen restaurants from all over Spain will compete for their chance to vie for the tile of La Mejor Fabada del Mundo (the world's best fabada) at an international competition that will take place in March in the town of Villaviciosa, Asturias.

This will be the eighth edition of this annual contest, which helps bring a measure of well-deserved attention to this iconic Spanish dish and enduring culinary tradition of Asturias.

With fourteen pre-selected participants representing Barcelona, Ciudad Real, Valencia, Toledo, Mallorca, Alicante, Madrid, La Coruña and Murcia, this competition is open only to chefs from outside of Asturias, thereby underlining the fact that this typical Asturian stew – made with large, elongated and flat white beans called PGI Fabes Asturianas – is beloved all over Spain.

Three of the restaurants competing in Monday's competition will go on to participate in the grand finale of La Mejor Fabada del Mundo competition on March 6th, during which time they will compete against chefs from both Asturias and beyond Spanish borders.

After the competition ends, bystanders will get a chance to feast on fabada during the twenty-fifth edition of the Jornadas Gastronómicas y Culturales de las Fabes de Villaviciosa (Gastronomic and Cultural Celebration of Fabes in the town of Villaviciosa).

 

This will be the eighth edition of this annual contest, which helps bring a measure of well-deserved attention to this iconic Spanish dish and enduring culinary tradition of Asturias.
Adrienne Smith /@ICEX
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