Some Exciting news for Kerry food lovers this April when the All Ireland Tapas and Pinxto Championship will be hosted at the IT Tralee. Two days of competitions where chefs from all over the country will showcase their skills and will be judged by some experts in this field …JUDGES INCLUDE Juancar Ayerbe ( ACYRE Pintxo Euskadi Championship, Miniature Congress) Gorka arrieta( Co-ordinator AITPC)
Robert Curley (World Championships 2018(Ireland) ) Oyvind Boe Dalel (World Champion 2017) John Harty ( TasteKerry) Alicia Gomez ( Gastro Actual )
Schedule of events for the 3 days of the All Ireland Tapas & Pintxo
Championships will begin with a launch event by Sua, hosted on Monday night April 8th in the intimate surroundings of Sol-y-Sombra. This evening will be presented by head Chef and one of the judges of the event Gorka Arrietta who will be joined by a host of chefs in the kitchen who will ensure a night of delicious food. There will be a menu of Spanish wines to accompany and these will be presented by wine critic with the Irish Examiner Leslie Williams so a fantastic night is guaranteed. This night runs from 7-10pm and there are some very limited tickets available contact Sol y Sombra to book yours.
The competition starts in earnest on Tuesday April 8th where the public can attend and view the finalists in action at the IT Tralee from 9 am on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each day will begin with Talks and demonstrations on Spanish Food with several high profile Spanish/Irish food companies displaying and sampling their products in the HCT Building at ITTralee. Competitions will start at 10am with 10 finalists taking part each day. A Street Food Themed food market will also be open to the public on Campus, with the whole event being live streamed.
Tuesday night The Ashe Hotel is the place to be where again a feast of Tapas and Pinxto will be available for the public to taste, this will be produced in the Kitchen using the finest local ingredients from local suppliers, accompanied with fine Spanish wines and beers and Chad Byrne a founder of ChefCoLab, and executive chef at the Brehon will chat to the judges on the production of Pintxo and Tapas and those attending can come away with lots of ideas for themselves from the night

The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday afternoon and will receive an amazing prize of a specially commissioned trophy along with an all-expenses paid trip to the World Tapas Championships Valladolid 2019 as part of Team Ireland