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Bembibre’s Botillo Festival

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Gastronomy, culture and tradition

The Botillo festival is one of the most relevant gastronomic events of northern Spain and it is also considered a Festival of National Tourist Interest in the country.

Bembibre’s Botillo Festival have been an annual gastronomic and cultural event since 1973. It enlightens the bond of this village population with this meat-stuffed pork intestine preparation.

Botillo is a meat-stuffed dish typical from the county of El Bierzo, in the Spanish province of León. Its main ingredients are the pork ribs and tail. It can also include the pig’s tongue, cheeks, shoulder blade, and backbone, but never exceeding 20% of the total volume.

Botillo is a kind of embutido (cold meat) normally consumed in the winter season for its high amount of calories. It is a product that has remained in popular culture as an emblematic food and tradition coming from the ancestors of the region.

Nowadays, this product is endorsed by the official logo of the Protected Geographical Indication. A sales description that certifies its quality of production in a specific area, which coincides with the limits of El Bierzo county.

With this background, the celebration of Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo keeps its popular culture with the elation of this delicacy in a party that has become one of the most important gastronomic events in north-western Spain. Not surprisingly, botillo has the capacity to bring together more than a thousand people in each edition.

The Festival consists of two parts: on the one hand, the institutional and cultural act, which includes the mantenedor’s (chairperson) speech and, on the other, the tasting of the botillo in a great gala dinner.

The main act also includes the, often musical, performance of groups or artists recognized on the national scene. Bembibre’s Botillo Festival has been attended, among others, by artists such as José Mercé, Bertín Osborne, Café Quijano, Shayla Dúrcal, Carlos Núñez, Diana Navarro, el Consorcio, etc.

After dinner, the event finishes with a ball to end this celebration that continues to gain followers every year.

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Gastronomy, culture and tradition

The Botillo festival is one of the most relevant gastronomic events of northern Spain and it is also considered a Festival of National Tourist Interest in the country.

Bembibre’s Botillo Festival have been an annual gastronomic and cultural event since 1973. It enlightens the bond of this village population with this meat-stuffed pork intestine preparation.

Botillo is a meat-stuffed dish typical from the county of El Bierzo, in the Spanish province of León. Its main ingredients are the pork ribs and tail. It can also include the pig’s tongue, cheeks, shoulder blade, and backbone, but never exceeding 20% of the total volume.

Botillo is a kind of embutido (cold meat) normally consumed in the winter season for its high amount of calories. It is a product that has remained in popular culture as an emblematic food and tradition coming from the ancestors of the region.

Nowadays, this product is endorsed by the official logo of the Protected Geographical Indication. A sales description that certifies its quality of production in a specific area, which coincides with the limits of El Bierzo county.

With this background, the celebration of Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo keeps its popular culture with the elation of this delicacy in a party that has become one of the most important gastronomic events in north-western Spain. Not surprisingly, botillo has the capacity to bring together more than a thousand people in each edition.

The Festival consists of two parts: on the one hand, the institutional and cultural act, which includes the mantenedor’s (chairperson) speech and, on the other, the tasting of the botillo in a great gala dinner.

The main act also includes the, often musical, performance of groups or artists recognized on the national scene. Bembibre’s Botillo Festival has been attended, among others, by artists such as José Mercé, Bertín Osborne, Café Quijano, Shayla Dúrcal, Carlos Núñez, Diana Navarro, el Consorcio, etc.

After dinner, the event finishes with a ball to end this celebration that continues to gain followers every year.

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The literary and poster contests of the XLIX Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo have been called

The Department of Culture, Festivities, Tourism and Commerce of the Town of Bembibre has called the poster and literary contests of the XLIX Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo, with a significant increase in their economic amount. On the one hand, the poster contest prize raises the amount [...]

Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo launches its website

Bembibre’s Botillo Festival has a website, www.festivaldelbotillo.com, to promote botillo’s cultural and gastronomic event. It is a dynamic site that will be updated periodically in order to give information about each edition. The objective was to achieve an attractive web page, with a strong visual impact, easy navigation. A site [...]

Bembibre will celebrate in 2022 the XLIX Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo

Bembibre will celebrate its National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo next year, after being cancelled last February due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bembibre Town Council launched in August its calling for public tenders in order to arrange the catering services, decoration and supply for marquees, anticipating that the [...]

Bembibre’s Botillo Festival, one of the outstanding elements of the municipality in the ‘World Map Challenge’

Bembibre participated last May in the so-called ‘World Map Challenge’, an Ecovidrio initiative to stimulate recycling. The challenge was overcome. It involved increasing the amount of recycled glass by 10% for May and June. The municipality got its prize: five containers vinyl with representative elements of the municipality. The big [...]

The Botillo Festival receives the recognition of ‘festival of regional tourist interest’

The National Festival of Exaltation of the Botillo de Bembibre adds a new tourist recognition that highlights the importance of the event, which has been held in Bembibre since 1973. The El Bierzo County Council has approved a series of manifestations of regional interest in which it could not be missing this gastronomic event, which already has the declarations of provincial, regional and national interest.

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The literary and poster contests of the XLIX Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo have been called

The Department of Culture, Festivities, Tourism and Commerce of the Town of Bembibre has called the poster and literary contests of the XLIX Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo, with a significant increase in their economic amount. On the one hand, the poster contest prize raises the amount [...]

Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo launches its website

Bembibre’s Botillo Festival has a website, www.festivaldelbotillo.com, to promote botillo’s cultural and gastronomic event. It is a dynamic site that will be updated periodically in order to give information about each edition. The objective was to achieve an attractive web page, with a strong visual impact, easy navigation. A site [...]

Bembibre will celebrate in 2022 the XLIX Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo

Bembibre will celebrate its National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo next year, after being cancelled last February due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bembibre Town Council launched in August its calling for public tenders in order to arrange the catering services, decoration and supply for marquees, anticipating that the [...]

Bembibre’s Botillo Festival, one of the outstanding elements of the municipality in the ‘World Map Challenge’

Bembibre participated last May in the so-called ‘World Map Challenge’, an Ecovidrio initiative to stimulate recycling. The challenge was overcome. It involved increasing the amount of recycled glass by 10% for May and June. The municipality got its prize: five containers vinyl with representative elements of the municipality. The big [...]

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