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Take a gastronomic break to San Sebastian, northern Spain.

Foodies might like to make a last minute booking to Blibao, northern Spain, then drive east for an hour along the coast to San Sebastian, the gastronomic capital of the Basque Country. Considered to be Spain’s culinary mecca, it’s common knowledge amongst those passionate about food that San Sebastián has more Michelin stars per capita than any other city in the world.

From elaborate pintxos (the Basque name for tapas) to avant-garde fusion cuisine, great food is on offer in and around town at any time of year, but the XII ‘Congreso Internacional de Gastronomía San Sebastian Gastronomika’, will be held from the 21st to the 24th of November in the Palacio Kursaal (pictured) of this genteel seaside resort. Ticket holders can watch some of the best chefs in the world in action, including this year’s special guests, chefs from New York, then taste the wonders they produce.

Locals and visitors to the city can enjoy ‘Gastronomika Popular’ on Sunday 21st, with free entry to the Palacio Kursaal, where a group of well known young Basque chefs will give practical tips on how to prepare a delicious dish in ten minutes, how to prepare a feast with what’s in the fridge etc. There will then be a chance to join in an outdoor barbecue on a grand scale, for €5. Funds raised will go to the NGO Ethiopia Utopia. Then shed the calories with a walk along the famous Concha beach and a stroll around the beautiful old town.

Read more at http://www.sansebastiangastronomika.com/

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