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communal pouring jug that's passed from
person to person. Warning: wear a bib, this
can get messy!
It's a joyful celebration of the soul of
Catalonia and Barcelona - and Vilarnau has
partnered with a number of restaurants to
bring all the fun of the calçotada to the UK.
Owen Morgan has hosted calçotadas at his
Bar 44 tapas restaurants in Cardi for the last
two years. "When the calçots come to the
table they look like a big pile of burnt onions,
but when you peel back the outside layers
you get a lovely sweetness," he says. Drinking
Vilarnau Cava from the porrón "adds to the
entertainment". People may be shy to get
stuck into the messy fun initially, "but after 10
minutes you'll be having a great time," says
Morgan, who is already planning at least three
calçotadas for April 2016.
Zoe Plummer attended her rst calçotada
in January this year and decided to recreate
one at her restaurant Ambiente Tapas in
Leeds. "It's not something that many people
outside the north of Spain are familiar with
- it was even a new concept to some of our
sta from the south of Spain," she explains.
Plummer decided to call in an expert to
help: Plazas Torné from Vilarnau. "It was a
wonderful opportunity for our customers
to meet the lady responsible for the cava
that we were serving. It was nerve-wracking
for us trying to pull o our rst calçotada with
native Catalans in attendance. They were,
however, impressed and highly amused that
our attempt at an indoor barbecue resulted
in the re alarm being activated!"
Meanwhile at Boqueria in the capital, John
Scott has been holding calçotadas since 2012
and plans to host four next year. "They've
become increasingly popular. We're now the
biggest one in London
and last year over 800
people came. We get
a big Catalan crowd
and lots of families
coming along with their kids," he says. "Cava
is the Catalan drink and when the calçots
are in season, the rst Cavas of the year are
ready to drink, so it's a very seasonal thing - a
celebration of spring!" he concludes.
Isn't it time you joined the celebration?
TRY VILARNAU CAVA
Vilarnau Brut Reserva, £11.99, Cambridge
Wine Merchants, Ocado, winedirect.co.uk
Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé, £11.49,
Cambridge Wine Merchants, Ocado
Vilarnau Gran Reserva, £19.99,
The General Wine Company, Vinea
Vilarnau Demi Sec, £11.99, Ocado
Come to the calçotada!
Would you like to join the party and firstname.lastname@example.orgCalçotada next spring?
Here's where to nd one and email@example.com Alquimia, 30 Brewhouse Lane, SW15 2JX; info@firstname.lastname@example.org="_blank" title="Visit alquimiarestaurant.co.uk">email@example.com
23 February 2016 Boisdale, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, E14 4QT; firstname.lastname@example.org
28 February 2016 Boqueria, 192 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5UL; email@example.com
13 March 2016 Boqueria, 192 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5UL; firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CALÇOTADA IS A JOYFUL CELEBRATION OF
THE SOUL OF CATALONIA AND BARCELONA