The National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo will formalize next February 3th a new twinning protocol taking advantage of the institutional act that will take place in the City Council of Bembibre. This time it will be with the Casa de León in La Coruña, the only Leonese community in neighbouring Galicia.
This twinning will achieve a new link between the National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo, and what it represents from a gastronomical and cultural point of view, with the Casa de León in La Coruña, which was re-established in 1988 and promoted in the city with a wide broadcast throughout the province of León in general, and Bierzo in particular.
The protocol, to be signed by the president of the Casa de León, Avelino Abajo, and the mayoress of Bembibre, Silvia Cao, entails the commitment of both institutions to establish cooperative relations, mainly in the cultural context.
The institution that brings together the Leonese community in La Coruña stands for the promotion of numerous recreational activities and aspects of culture, among which are the recognized Cultural Contests in various artistic and literary disciplines.
It is worth mentioning that in the last edition of these contests, four members of the association Martes Literarios from Bembibre were awarded prizes, as well as the presenter of the National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo in 2023.
About the twinning
The City Council of Bembibre began in 2016 a series of twinnings with other towns and institutions with the aim of spreading the cultural value of the National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo. At first it was with municipalities producing different ingredients of the sausage: Jaraíz de la Vera in 2016 (for paprika), Guijuelo in 2017 (the pork itself), La Bóveda de Toro a year later (for garlic) and, in 2019, Chozas de Abajo (potato).
In 2020 the twinning was with the Festival Cante de las Minas de La Unión (Murcia). The last two have been with two León communities in other provinces, such as the Casa de León in Seville (2022) and the Casa de León in Madrid (2023).