REGENT Street in central London will once again be filled with food from 10 Spanish autonomous regions, the Balearics among them, in June for an open air gastronomic exhibition which will also have an exhibition of Spanish tourism running alongside it.
The Regent Street Festival last September was a great success with the public.
That festival had Spain as its main featured country and had half a million visitors in just one day.
Following on from this, Regent Street will host this new event, entitled A Taste of Spain for nearly a month.
Organised by the Spanish Tourism Office in London in collaboration with the Association of Regent Street Businesses, the festival will start on May 31 with a display of Andalucian classic guitar and flamenco dancing. This will be complemeted in the middle of June with a parade representing the famous Canary Islands Carnival (which is one of the biggest in Spain) and a performance by a Spanish musical quartet from Castilla and Leon.
Together with the shows, which will last until June 30 and will also take place in Heddon Street, the gastronomic street off Regent Street, the bars and restaurants in the area will offer menus based on tapas and typical Spanish dishes.
The Balearics, Asturias, Catalonia, Madrid, Murcia, La Rioja and Valencia are among the regions taking part in the festival.
The festival will have tastings and promotions from each autonomous region taking place in fifteen commercial establishments in Regent Street.
According to Ignacio Vasallo, director of the Spanish Tourism Office, British tourism to the Balearics will rise by two per cent this year, even though bookings at the moment are ten per cent down on this time last year.