Once the wedding celebrations are over, guests take home unforgettable moments. A few months after the wedding, they may not remember the colour palette chosen by the couple or what the centrepieces were like, but they’ll never forget what a good time they had or how good the food was. It’s well known that one of the best ways to a person’s heart is through their stomach.
As you have chosen the Canary Islands as the perfect place to say “I do”—because of the fabulous climate, the extensive range of accommodation options, the dreamy beaches, the wonderful contrasts of scenery, the professional quality of their services and many other reasons —we recommend you also enjoy our island gastronomy on such a special occasion.
To start with a good taste in everyone’s mouth, the cocktail has got to include two of our local products that are highly valued by gourmets the world over: our cheeses and our wines. 36 awards were given to cheeses from the Canary Islands at the Cheese Awards 2017 (4 super-golds, 7 golds, 9 silvers and 16 bronzes) and several wines with designations of origin from La Palma, Lanzarote and Valle de Güimar were a great success at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (2 silvers, 4 bronzes and 1 special mention).
Other snacks that your guests will love are mojos (sauces — picón, which is spicy, or coriander or parsley), the almogrote gomero (cheesy paste) and the pata asada (roast lamb) with olive oil, paprika and salt. They all go excellently with bread.
The banquet is a good occasion for serving up some typical Canary Island dishes. If vegetables form an important part of your daily diet, the watercress or chickpea casserole will be good options. Some couples choose to offer their guests a choice of meat or fish dishes. If you want them to be delighted whatever they go for, safe bets are sancocho (a typical stew from Fuerteventura) made with grouper, bass or corvina and sweet potatoes and gofio (flour made from roasted grains) or a slice of cochino negro (pork from the native Canary Island black pig).
The Canary Islanders love good desserts so, if you are looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, here are a few ideas: frangollo, gofio mousse, bienmesabe, príncipe Alberto and huevos moles – you will have to try these to discover what they are like. If you want to add a few typical touches to your desserts table too, you can serve quesadillas from El Hierro, rapaduras, truchas or suspiros de Moya. With so many delicacies on offer, it is highly likely that people are going to want to have seconds.
On your big day, savour the taste of the Canary Islands.