In the vibrant and ever-evolving landscape of Spanish cuisine, Alicante has emerged as a formidable contender in the race for the title of the 2024 Spanish Gastronomy Capital. This prestigious accolade, bestowed by the Spanish Federation of Tourism Journalists in collaboration with the Hostelería de España association, seeks to recognize cities that exemplify the rich tapestry of Spanish culinary tradition and innovation. Alicante, alongside Antequera, Castellón, and Oviedo, has thrown its hat into the ring, responding to an invitation to participate in this highly competitive selection process.
Alicante distinguishes itself as a gastronomic and tourist destination with more than 1,700 registered culinary establishments. Renowned as the “city of rice,” Alicante boasts a unique local cuisine supported by two quality brands: “Alicante, Ciudad de Arroz” (Alicante, City of Rice) and “Alicante Gourmet.” These initiatives not only enhance the city’s gastronomic profile but also attract hundreds of thousands of international visitors annually, cementing its status as a culinary hotspot.
The final decision for the 2024 Gastronomic Capital will be made by a jury comprising representatives from various sectors, including hospitality, tourism, chefs, and quality agri-food products. This jury is set to convene in Madrid on November 16th to deliberate and announce their decision. The selected city will not only gain a year-long platform for gastronomic and tourist promotion but also secure a place on the Spanish gastronomic map, a testament to the culinary diversity and excellence Spain has to offer.