A very short distance from the coast and at the foot of a mountain range, Oviedo enjoys and offers an extremely varied cuisine, prepared with care and based on the best products from the sea, the mountains, the valleys, and the vegetable gardens of this Natural Paradise that is Asturias.
It is a compelling cuisine of local dishes and flavours, some as legendary as the “fabada” (bean stew), and sweets – the “carbayones” (almond cakes with yolk cream covering)- which is also the word used to refer to the people of Oviedo. All this combined with our popular cider; poured from a height to quench the thirst at all our celebrations
Many of the festivities in Oviedo are celebrated with specific dishes, a calendar that starts in the autumn with “El Desarme” when, on October 19, it is almost obligatory in every restaurant and home to gather around a table to enjoy the “carmelitano” stew (chickpea stew with cod and spinach), freshly prepared tripe and rice pudding. During carnival (“Antroxu” in Asturian), the typical dish is collard stew (pote de berza), potatoes and “compango” (chorizo, blood sausage, and bacon) and at Easter, we visit tapa bars to enjoy the “Bocados del cofrade”. The fourth menu of this promotion, in which the bars and restaurants have joined forces with the City Council, is La Ascensión, a spring festivity that is the city’s way of paying tribute to the countryside through dishes such as a seasonal vegetable stew, the Oviedo style “carne gobernada” (meat stew), and cherry pie.
Not forgetting the “bollo preñao” with all the substance of a good slice of chorizo cooked inside a piece of bread and that can always be found at every popular festivity and party.
Treasuring this heritage – in Oviedo, the “guisandera” club (stew-makers club) even has a sculpture – does not clash with the creations of innovative chefs who surprise us in their restaurants with new recipes.
Whether new or traditional, the ingredients are always the best and, in Oviedo, they can be acquired at the El Fontán market. The stalls tempt shoppers with meat, sausages, chicken (the best variety of which is “pitu de corral” (free-range chicken)), seafood and the best 0-km vegetables and fruit that Asturias has to offer, particularly apples and strawberries, not forgetting products that were once new but have become mainstays, such as kiwis and blueberries. Next to all this, stalls that prove why Asturias is considered to be the region with the greatest number of cheeses in Europe: more than 40 varieties of cheese, a delicacy with which you can start or finish any banquet.