Ángel León, Jose Avillez, Maca de Castro and Carolina Álvarez, chefs confirmed at the VI D*na Festival Dénia

The event will take place at Marineta Cassiana, on September 30 and October 1, with the sea as the conceptual axis
Photos / Javier Zamora

Ángel León, the Torres brothers, the Portuguese chef Jose Avillez, Maca de Castro and Carolina Álvarez are some of the names that have confirmed their participation in the VI edition of D*na Festival Dénia.

This gastronomic event will take place at Marineta Cassiana, on September 30 and October 1, with the sea as the conceptual axis.

The official presentation was this morning, from chef Quique Dacosta's Llisa Negra restaurant, in Valencia, with the presence of the festival's curator, the Minister of Innovation, Commerce and Tourism, Nuria Montes; the mayor of Dénia, Vicent Grimalt, and the cook of the La Giralda restaurant in Dénia, Rosa Martí, who was in charge of preparing an octopus, after the presentation, which everyone present was able to taste.

Organized by the Dénia Creative City of Gastronomy Foundation of the Valencian Community - made up of the Dénia City Council, the Association of Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurs of the Marina Alta (AEHTMA), the Business Circle of the Marina Alta (CEDMA) and the Baleària shipping company as patrons - and with chef Quique Dacosta as curator, it returns to reaffirm itself as an event par excellence of Mediterranean gastronomy. An exclusive meeting that brings together the best professionals in the sector with the aim of highlighting the gastronomic culture and the excellence of the gastronomic products and projects of this region, promoting public interaction with gastronomy.

This new edition of the D*na Festival Dénia has the sea as its conceptual axis. So, under the leitmotiv of the sea, D*na Festival 2023 will explore the relationship between human beings and the sea and its importance as an economic, cultural, gastronomic and tourist axis. In that sense, all the presentations, workshops, stands, products and suppliers will converge there both conceptually and physically, since they will be exhibited and developed throughout the Marineta Cassiana, which this year expands its route to host even more scenarios and activities.

The sixth edition of the festival will bring together the main players in the national gastronomic sector along the Marineta Cassiana promenade to celebrate and highlight the great culinary wealth of this Mediterranean region. For two days, the capital of the Marina Alta will become a large table of more than 700 meters where you can eat, drink, chat, listen and meet again around the sea.

The main stage of the Festival will host presentations and showcookings by renowned chefs representing the autonomous communities of our seas, from Galicia, Asturias, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Catalonia, Comunitat Valenciana, Murcia and Andalusia, to the Balearic and Canary Islands; with a special nod also to Portugal.

Thus, among the chefs who will participate are the chef of the sea himself, Ángel León; the Torres brothers, Jose AVillez (from Portugal), Maca de Castro (from the Balearic Islands), and Carolina Álvarez.

Among the novelties that we are going to find, the presentations will take place in the afternoon, to avoid the hours of maximum heat.

A second stage will be dedicated to the product, and renowned professionals from the kitchens of the Valencian Community will pass by to talk about seafood cuisine through the stew and the regional cauldrons of Castellón, Valencia and Alicante. This setting will also host interesting cooking and seafood workshops, open to the public upon registration.

In addition, the product and its producers will also play a leading role through the number of tasting stands available to the public that will be located in a central plaza.

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