As the nights get longer and the sun sets earlier, the winter season months in Ibiza can be quiet and dull at times. However in recent years, the winter shoulder months are now witnessing the growth of a foodie movement aimed at the islands 150,000 residents and an increasing number of visitors, who travel to the island for sporting and local cultural events. Hotels significantly drop their prices and there seems to be a rise in the number of them remaining open longer this year. A search for 2 nights accommodation for two people in Ibiza next weekend, yielded a return of 119 establishments open. The lowest price available for a double room was €30, with a rate of €130 available for a 5 star property. While direct flights to Ibiza from Northern Europe are limited, fares via Spanish Airports on the Peninsula are cheap starting at just €9.95, half that if you are an island resident.
Food themed events are becoming more popular with venues running promotions and parties around food this winter. One of the first I can remember starting was the Pintxa Trail in San Antonio, where you can get a delicious Pintxo and a drink for just €2.50, there is even a small train to ferry revelers from one location to the next. Another interesting food event being organised, is the Ibiza Sabor Festival which runs until December 2nd, with over 40 restaurants offering special three course €25 tasting menus, alongside a tasty tapas and drink offer for €7. Over in Santa Gertrudis, where the cows outside are blue and white, Sluiz, is drawing the crowds to its family friendly Ibiza Food Factory which attracts artisan producers, home bakers and restaurateurs to its kitsch styled tea rooms, a hidden gem for those in the know. Local vineyards are also open during the winter with tours laid on at Bodega Can Rich and Sa Cova in San Mateo. Also to check out over the winter is the organic Forada market which take place every Saturday morning at the Can Tixedo crossroads in Buscatel. They are also organising the Forada Fiesta this winter with workshops, cooking classes and local wine tastings.
After the success of the well organised Amorevore Food and Arts Festival at Casa Maca, the Mambo Group are getting behind local food events on the island. Its Hostal La Torre restaurant, was the winner of the Best Pintxos last year and its new venue Casa Maca, is now offering traditional Sunday Roasts with live music and warm fires every Sunday, following an outdoor grill every Saturday off season. Sunday Roasts are now a trend on the island and we will be blogging our Top 5 Sunday Roast venues soon. The quality of the food that is grown locally has really been the star of the show, with a number of young and talented producers, adding their creative touches to help make it shine in the winter sun. It’s so refreshing to see the passion many local producers have for their food and this organic movement is hopefully here to stay.