Pick up a ‘pincho’ at Cava this month

To celebrate the annual Seville Tapas Fair, Cava Spanish restaurant and tapas bar has launched a special pincho menu which will be available each day throughout February. Popular in Spain, pinchos are small Spanish canapés which can be eaten in one or two mouthfuls and are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack while socialising with friends. As part of the celebrations, Cava will also host a free sherry tasting evening each week throughout February on Thursdays between 6pm and 7pm.

Spain is the home of the fiesta and one of the first festivals of the year is the Seville Tapas Fair which takes place in February. A four-day event, the festival involves almost 50 restaurants and bars creating mouthwatering tapas and inviting guests to sample them with the accompaniment of beer, sherry, or wine. Regarded by many wine experts as an underappreciated and neglected wine treasure, sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes which are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Spain.

Cava’s pincho menu will include, among others, Serrano ham, quince and manchego cheese; dry aged sirloin with caramelised onions; grilled free range pork and torta del Casar; piquillo pepper stuffed with crab; smoked octopus; and chicken with roasted garlic mayonnaise. Serranitos, which are small sandwiches of grilled pork ham popular in Seville, will also be available. They are served with patatas bravas and mojo picón sauce.

Pinchos or tapas offer groups of friends the perfect opportunity to taste and to share a wide selection of dishes from different regions throughout Spain. Three pinchos cost €4.50 while a serranito costs €6.50.

For more information see www.cavarestaurant.ie or phone 091 539 884.

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