Malaga Gastronomy Festival enters its 7th year in 2020 and is one of the biggest events in Malaga.
Note that the information included in this post refers to 2019. Bookmark this page for 2020 dates and details – we’ll be posting them as soon as we have them.
This year, the celebration of food takes place in 4 restaurants around the province between 22 May and 4 June before ending up in Malaga city itself for a feast of show cooking, delicious produce and some fun events.
Here’s our guide to what’s on at the Malaga Gastronomy Festival from 6 to 9 June in Malaga city. You can find a full programme of events here.
Main stage for Malaga Gastronomy Festival
As usual, Plaza de la Marina acts as the central stage for all the main events at the 2019 Malaga Gastronomy Festival. This is where the food trucks and stalls sell their wares, and the giant show cooking stage is set up.
Main events at Malaga Gastronomy Festival
This year’s Gastronomy Festival has a distinctly Jaén flavour. This province in the north of Andalucia is the featured guest region and several top chefs from the area will be attending the festival. They’ll be showcasing Jaén specialities that include game, lamb from the Sierra del Segura mountains and olive oil. On Sunday 9 June at lunchtime, Jaén chefs will prepare several typical dishes with lamb taking centre stage and serve them up to the audience.
Where to eat in Malaga
The Malaga Gastronomy Festival happens just once a year, but during the rest of the year you can enjoy great food in Malaga at many of the restaurants and bars in the city. Check our list of recommended venues – tried and tested for quality and value!
Main events at Malaga Gastronomy Festival
One of the highlights at the Malaga Gastronomy Festival is the show cooking and this year a succession of top chefs will be taking to the stage on Plaza de la Marina to show how it’s done. See them between 6 and 9 June. Top chefs include:
Thursday 6 June: the 2 winners of the latest edition of the Sabor a Malaga Young Chef competition will be showing how to make their winning dishes at 4pm.
Thursday 6 June: Pedro Sánchez (the only Michelin star holder in Jaén) from Bagá restaurant in Jaén city will take to the stage to demonstrate his culinary magic at 5pm.
Other highlights include Japanese cooking with a touch of Malaga and creative quick bites using EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).
Full details are available on the Malaga Gastronomy Festival website.
Lamb like Jaén makes it – Malaga pays tribute to the guest Jaén with traditional dishes including lamb in Plaza de la Marina at lunchtime on Sunday 9 June.
Salchichón de Málaga – the local coldcut has its moment on Saturday 8 June at noon with tastings and pairings.
Wine – numerous wine workshops and tastings take place over the 3-day event. Malaga wines from Ronda and the Montes de Málaga take centre stage. Wine experts will also be explaining how to pair wines.
Cheese – Malaga cheese also feature heavily. The Festival includes several cheese and wine tastings and you can try local cheese and wines on the stalls.
Craft ales – Cruzcampo is running 3 tasting sessions. Those on 6 and 8 June try the company’s 3 new types of ale while the event on 7 June includes a class on how to make beer.
All events are free but you need to get a ticket. Go to the Malaga Gastronomy Festival site (in Spanish only), click on the event you’re interested in and then click on ‘Inscríbete en este evento’.
Marina Street Food
Marina Street Food is a collection of food trucks and stall selling tasting portions and tapas from the best restaurants in Malaga as well as lots of delicious produce from Malaga. Stalls are open from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 June from noon in Plaza de la Marina. Participating venues include Batik, Bertani, Cávea, Yubá and La Niña Bonita.
Concerts at Malaga Gastronomy Festival
Concerts take place in Plaza de la Marina every evening during the festival and at lunchtime on Saturday.
If your kids are into cooking then they’ll love the Junior Masterchef classes that take place on Saturday between 11am and 1.30pm on the stage in Plaza de la Marina.