Nears XVIII Edition de la Show of the Cuña del Pinós from 20 to 25 in February and 1 to 4 in March. Eighteen editions, eighteen years old, are said soon but a lot has happened since that February of the year 2000 that launched the first Show.
During the presentation of this new edition, the Michelin star chef, María José San Román she said that when she was proposed to be the godmother of The ExhibitionHe immediately said yes, we had to go to Pinoso to see and learn, and I can not agree more. Great personalities of the gastronomy have participated in the different editions as Kiko Moya, for its streets and restaurants have passed figures of society, politics and, of course, gastronomy as Ferran Adria. But what is it that makes it so attractive to Pine trees, as they say in Valencian?
"Thanks to Eva Jara, Neus Ochoa, Jesús Martínez and Lázaro Azorín"
I was fortunate to be invited to the presentation of this XVIII Edition de The Show of the Cuña del Pinós. The warmth of the reception by the Mayor Lázaro Azorín Salazar and of all his team, (Eva Jara, Neus Ochoa and Jesús Martínez) was impressive. They invited us to eat at the restaurant Tower and then they gave us a brief tour of the town, where we could meet The Clock Tower In the square Town hall, the artisan pastry shop Montserrat House of Marble and Wine and some of its streets. It was in those moments that I could begin to understand the "Why" people fall in love with Pine trees: "The philosophy of sharing".
This small town is located to the west of the province of Alicante, in the region known as the Vinalopó Medio and it has a population that borders the 8,000 inhabitants. Reach Pinoso it is not exactly simple, since public transport is very limited, the access roads are small (with very good maintenance), there are no hotels to stay, and nevertheless, it has two of the ten best restaurants in Spain who prepare their famous "arroz con conejo y serranas" (small snails from the mountains), extraordinary wines made mostly with native grapes M, has the largest quarry in Europe, it supplies from its salinas almost 40% of the salt to Torrevieja, and if that was not enough, it has one of the most important aquifer systems in the province.
So, why do so many visitors travel from all corners of Spain y Europe? My personal impression is that its people "share" with the visitor their gastronomy, their products, their way of life; giving each one a little of them. In this way, people come to visit a town, but they say goodbye Pinoso Feeling it like your own house. This is the feeling that I myself have taken.
Eighteen Editions of The Show of the Cuña del Pinós, eighteen years celebrating it, a festival that is destined for success. Highly recommended.