Malaga Gastronomy Festival enters its 6th year and is one of the biggest events in Malaga. This year, the celebration of food takes place around the province 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 in Malaga province between early May and 26 May here.
Please note that specific events below refer to the 2018 Gastronomy Festival. We’ll be posting up-to-date information as soon as we have it. Watch this space!
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 Basque flavour. This world-famed foodie destination is the featured guest region and several Basque top chefs will be attending the festival.
Calle Larios gets to showcase the very best in Spanish cuisine with an exhibition of Spain’s top produce. See the 44 photos from 18 May.
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 24 and 27 May. Top chefs include:
Thursday 24 May: the 2 winners of the latest edition of the Sabor a Malaga Young Chef competition and Benito Gómez from Bardal restaurant in Ronda, awarded a Michelin star this year.
Friday 25 May: Yolanda García from Roquetas del Mar in Almería who also has a Michelin star.
Sunday 27 May: Kisko García from Choco, one of the best restaurants in Cordoba and with a Michelin star.
Basque putxeras stew – Malaga pays tribute to the guest Basque Country with a pot of traditional stew in Plaza de la Marina at lunchtime on Sunday.
Wine – numerous wine workshops and tastings take place over the 3-day event. Ronda wines take centre stage on Thursday 24 May and vermouth is on Friday 25 May. Wine experts will also be explaining how to pair wines and cavas.
Cheese – Malaga cheese and Basque cheese also feature heavily. The Festival starts with a cheese and wine tasting on Thursday and follows on with a talk about the iconic Basque cheese Idiazábal (El Ambigu de la Coracha uses this cheese in one of its dishes).
Cocktails – Sailor Duck talks about cocktail pairing and also gives a couple of workshops on making them.
Cakes and cookies – this year has a nod towards the sweet end of the menu with a workshop on cookie making and celebration cakes, both on Saturday 26 May.
Basque products – top chefs from the Basque Country will be giving workshops on typical Basque produce and showing the locals how to grill meat, use cod and hake cheeks, and pair Basque dishes with wine from all over Spain.
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 24 to Sunday 27 May from noon in Plaza de la Marina.
Concerts at Malaga Gastronomy Festival
Cncerts take place in Plaza de la Marina on Thursday (Hula Hula Hawaiian sounds) and Friday (Free Soul Band – one of our favourites!) at 10.30pm. On Saturday, a giant screen will be set up to broadcast the final of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
If your kids are into cooking then they’ll love the Junior Masterchef classes that take place on Saturday and Sunday 11.30am-12.30pm on the stage in Plaza de la Marina.