One of the many things I love about Spain is that they still have a strong sense of community. We attended the coqueta y tapas fiesta last evening, this was intriguing as coqueta translates to “flirty” and this is the advertising poster…

IMG_3350It transpires that coquetas are a local delicacy similar to bagels. According to Wikipedia Benabarre has a population of 1,111 – all of them, and many more, must have attended which makes the evening rather special.

But I get ahead of myself – any decent party needs fire!

IMG_3347After negotiating the rather complicated token policy (yellow for food, blue for drinks) we joined the lengthy queue for food which was cooked by local restaurants. Judging by the length of the queue Can Pere must be the best restaurant in town – this was their menu…

IMG_3359I had the Ravioli – sausage meat wrapped in courgette with a mushroom sauce, and mushroom risotto from another stall. Both were delicious, and as you can see, washed down with a glass of red from Sommos. More of that at a later date.

The atmosphere was terrific and we’ll be back next year for sure. But would we go for the coquetas? In all honesty probably not! Maybe because they were barbecued they were a bit dry and didn’t taste of much. What were the cauldrons for? Well I’m not too sure, maybe one of the doughy breads was boiled. It was difficult to say. But the cauldrons and massive barbecue provided impressive theatre.

Coquetas….

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The whole town turned out….

IMG_3368and all overlooked by the castle…

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