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World Tapas Day

Celebrate World Tapas Day with friends and family - try out delicious recipes and explore different flavors from all around the world!
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Gather your friends and family to celebrate World Tapas Day on the third Thursday of June! Tapas originated in Spain over 500 years ago, and have since become a popular cuisine all over the world. They are small dishes usually served as appetizers or snacks, but can also be enjoyed as a full meal. Tapas come in all shapes, sizes, flavors, and textures that will tantalize your taste buds! This is the perfect day to explore new recipes, share old favorites with friends and family, and sample some of the best tapas around. So don't miss out on this delicious celebration – gather your favorite people together for World Tapas Day!

History of World Tapas Day

World Tapas Day Dates

World Tapas Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1500s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Tapas</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tapas are said to have been invented in Spain during the 1500s as small snacks accompanying drinks, with the word "tapa" meaning "cover" or "lid".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tapas Culture Evolves</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 1800s, tapas evolved into a key part of Spanish socializing, with individuals making an evening of moving from bar to bar and enjoying a tapa and drink at each stop.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tapas started to gain international popularity and recognition during the 1980s and 1990s thanks to a global interest in Mediterranean cuisine.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Modern Tapas Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 2010s saw a resurgence in the popularity of tapas with the advent of gourmet tapas and fusion cuisines, bringing a new creative edge to this traditional Spanish fare.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inaugural World Tapas Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Spain's tourism agency organized the first World Tapas Day in 2016, to celebrate the culinary delight and its cultural significance.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Tapas Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for Tapas</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a local Tapas restaurant to celebrate World Tapas Day.  Enjoy a variety of tasty dishes and drinks.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create your own Tapas</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative in the kitchen and try your hand at making some delicious Tapas dishes.  You can try traditional recipes or make up your own unique creations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Tapas party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a fun Tapas party.  Gather a selection of small dishes and allow everyone to sample a variety of flavors.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore different cultures</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend some time researching the different countries that celebrate World Tapas Day.  Learn about the various styles of cuisine and what ingredients are used in each dish.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try new recipes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look up some new recipes to try on World Tapas Day. Experiment with different flavors and ingredients to create something truly unique.</p></div></div>

Why We Love World Tapas Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Tapas are flavorful</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Tapas are a great way to enjoy a lot of different flavors in one meal. From crispy chorizo to roasted vegetables, there is something for everyone on the plate! Plus, because tapas portions are usually small, you can try lots of new things without getting overwhelmed with too much food at once.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>They can be inexpensive</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Apart from dinner out and drinks at the bar, tapas are also an incredibly affordable option for dining. Most restaurants offer tapas plates that are reasonably priced and portions come in sizes appropriate for both individuals and larger groups.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a Social Experience</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Sharing Tapas is all about bringing friends or family together for good conversation and shared laughter. With dishes big enough for people to share (but not too big!), it's the perfect setting for making memories over delicious food!</p></div></div>

5 Flavorful Tidbits for World Tapas Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tapas Vary By Spanish Region</h3><p class='facts-content'>The type of tapas you'll snack on can vary greatly by the Spanish region, reflecting local ingredients and culinary trends. For example, you might find seafood tapas along the coast, while inland areas may feature meats and cheeses.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Concept of Tapas Is Designed To Promote Conversation</h3><p class='facts-content'>Traditionally, eating tapas is not done at a table, but standing at a bar. The small dishes are designed to be only a nibble that staves off hunger and promotes conversation, as it's not necessary to focus too much on eating a large meal.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Many Tapas Dishes Have Humble Origins</h3><p class='facts-content'>While some modern tapas can be exotic and luxurious, many traditional tapas dishes have humble origins, using simple, inexpensive ingredients to create flavorful bites, making tapas an accessible food tradition enjoyed by all social classes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tapas often Contain Healthy Mediterranean Ingredients</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many tapas dishes contain ingredients that are staples of the Mediterranean diet – such as olive oil, fresh vegetables, whole grains, fish and lean meats – making them a healthier snacking option as well.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tapas Teach the Art of Good Portion Control</h3><p class='facts-content'>Given their small size, tapas can teach diners the art of portion control. Rather than feasting on big meals, the Spanish often enjoy several small meals a day, with tapas serving as the perfect sized mini-meal.</p></div></div>

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