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TaPalma 2017, Mallorca's best tapas festival

TaPalma starts next week in Palma

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Ana Hernández | Mallorca Editor | Published: 7th November 2017

TaPalma returns to Mallorca in 2017, much to the delight of all the foodies on the island. Around 40 restaurants and bars will participate in this year's edition which will be two days longer than in 2016.

As one of the most celebrated gourmet events in Mallorca, we're sure you won't want to miss it! Here's all you need to know to make the most of it.

The concept

2017 marks the 13th edition of this gastronomic festival that fills the streets of Palma every autumn. Organised by the local bar's and restaurant's associations, this event attracts lots of people looking to taste the best traditional and contemporary tapas in Mallorca. Over 40 venues have signed up this year, all offering tapas and cocktails specially created for the occasion. 11 of them will take part in the tapas contest, while 5 will be battling for the title of best cocktail.

The routes

The TaPalma organisation have devised seven routes that will take foodies around the city and its outskirts. The largest one is also the easiest one to follow, as it takes place inside the brand new Mercat 1930 Gastronomic Market. Having fastly become one of the trendiest spots in the city for great food, this market located right in front of the sea hosts ten stalls that will participate in TaPalma including Txapeldun (Basque pintxos), Takesushi, omelette-specialists Eggsquisitas, Burger Doze and Thai joint bdkitchen.

The second largest route will take Palma's old town by storm. Firm favourites like the Bruselas SteakhouseBocalto Restaurant or 800º Celsius Steakhouse are unmissable stops in this central tapas route. Palma's sea promenade, the Paseo Martítimo, will be the hotspot for cocktails. Famous bars and nightclubs like La Bolsa del Martítimo or Mira Blau will serve special cocktails wile Pesquero and La Parada Restaurant will offer sea-inspired tapas.

Palma's gastronomic district, Santa Catalina, holds a special place in this festival with four restaurants participating in TaPalma. The remaining routes will take diners to Genova, a quiet district on the south-west outskirts of Palma, Marratxí and Playa de Palma.

The tapas

Judging from past editions, you can expect anything tapas-wise from TaPalma 2017. Traditional nibbles like croquetas and Serrano ham will surely be featured, as will be modern creations. Last year, the winner was Ca Na Joana Restaurant in Genova, and their 'Tempura of scallop aromatised with Kaffir, tomato sponge and Parmesan cheese with braised octopus with kimchee and sea air', which was not only delicious but also visually striking. What's even better, tapas in Tapalma can't cost more than 2.50€!

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The cocktails

Cocktail bars in Palma raise the bar for this event. In 2016, the best drink was awarded to Bolsa del Marítimo nightclub's 'Liquorice Gin & Tonic', while 'Adriana Lima', a concoction made by barman Ursula Truyols from Bar Nicolás, won the best cocktail prize. All for only 4€.

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The competition

Two days before the official start of TaPalma, on November 13th, there will be an awards ceremony at the Escola d'Hoteleria de les Illes Balears. Two tapas prizes will be awarded: the TaPalma 2017 and the Best Themed Tapa which this year has to be made with Quely crackers. Made in Inca for 150 years, these crackers were originally produced to be stocked on ships undertaking long voyages. There will also be a Best Cocktail prize. To get a free invitation to the event, just send an email to tapalma@com365.es.

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If you're looking for last minute accommodation, Palma has some of the best boutique hotels in Europe with TaPalma routes on its doorstep.

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