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Gastronomy and wine combine for 14th “PAtaPA” tapas route in Los Realejos 

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A trip to Los Realejos between now and November 26th could earn you an unexpected surprise, as well as giving you a gastronomic experience.

The local council is once again staging “PAtaPA”, a tapas route combined with a competition for guests.

A dish and drink at one of the 12 participating establishments will cost just 2.50 euros and there are free taxi rides on the remaining Thursday, Friday and Saturday within the locality.

Details of this 14th annual event were unveiled by the Mayor of Los Realejos, Manuel Domínguez and tourism councillor, Carolina Toste at Tasca El Gratador which last year gained four of the awards voted on by supporters.

In the 2016 edition, 9,313 tapas portions were served and it is hoped to beat this record.

Sr. Dominguez said the PAtaPA had become a much aniticipated event, not just locally but within the region and showcased the fine local produce and wine.

The restaurants taking part stand to win their own prizes, such as for the best tapas dish, best wine, best service and best creation, as well as the public’s favourite and that of a jury.

For the second year, the novelty of a children’s jury is being repeated, with the youngsters choosing an award for a specific prize. The winning restaurant will receive books and games to be incorporated into the play area of the establishment.

Customers will be able to pick up a scoring book where they can rate the tapas and wine.

These can then be posted into ballot boxes and entered into a prize draw to win treats such as a weekend for two to the peninsula, stays in rural lodgings, a beer tasting tour, lunches and dinners.

One lucky person will also win a trip to La Gomera for two which is the prize for voting via the social networks.

The establishments taking part are La Terracita, Tasca El Tejadito, La Mascletá, Hotel Maritim, Parrilla García Restaurante, Mesón El Monasterio Bodega San Pedro, ‘Casa Julio’ El Mocán, Café Casino, El Lagar del Abuelito, Restaurante Las Chozas, Tasca El Rallador and Bar Cafetería Tejiade.

The agreement over the free taxis covers Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (8pm to 10.30pm) every 15 minutes from the usual stops of this service of San Agustín, La Cruz Santa, La Longuera and Realejo Alto.

Carolina Toste said this was in agreement with the co-operatives which operate in the municipality and always in those that contains the badge corresponding to this edition of the gastronomic contest “.

For more information about the contest and the different gastronomic proposals, you can visit the Municipal Tourism Office, phone 922.34.61.81, see the web www.patapa.es or www.los-realejos.travel, or on the Facebook page ‘Los Realejos’ Town Hall or ‘Los Realejos con los cinco sentidos’.

The initiative has the collaboration of Halcón Viajes, Air Europa, Tierra de Perros, Finca El Quinto, Hotel Rural Casablanca and Finca El Patio.