DENIA and the Valencian Tourism Agency have collaborated to organise the first D*NA gastronomy festival from September 30 to October 1.
The festival aims to bring together prestigious chefs and experts to explore today’s Mediterranean gastronomy and is just one of the events to be organised since the tourism agency granted the town €190,000 in support of the project ‘Denia, Creative City of Gastronomy’ organised by UNESCO.
The event was presented at the CdT of Valencia by Denia Mayor and Councillor of Tourism,Vicent Grimalt, as well as Regional Secretary of Tourism Francesc Colomer and three Michelin stars, Quique Dacosta.
Dacosta will be hosting the festival alongside Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca), Angel Leon (Aponiente), Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz) and Jordi Cruz (AbaC).
The event will be held on the Paseo de la Marineta Casiana with 300 metres of stalls offering traditional dishes, along with avant-garde creations, regional products and local handicrafts.
Two large stages will host different live cooking sessions in which the hosting chefs will explore how tradition and innovation work together in today’s Mediterranean gastronomy.
The gastronomy industry is one of Denia’s main economic drivers, with more than 500 enterprises generating 2,500 direct jobs.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is currently formed by 116 Members from 54 countries covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.
In its promotion of Denia on its website, it describes the town as ‘a Mediterranean port city with an ample space for traditional fishing, a sector which contributes about €15 million in sales annually to the local economy’.
The festival promises fun for all the family, with workshops for all ages.