One thing I love about Tenerife is the many different fiestas it has. Different fiestas taking place year round and across the island, there’s always one to get involved with. The latest one we heard about was located in El Medano just past Tenerife South airport. Sensaciones is a wine and tapas summer festival which takes place annually and always has a massive turn out. It’s a festival we were told is the favourite night of the year for many, dirt cheap and you have a great time so we decided to check it out.
We hopped in a taxi rather than driving up because being a wine festival, you don’t really want to be the designated driver. The taxi cost us just short of 30€ but to be honest, about 7€ of that was just sitting in traffic driving into El Medano. Bumper to bumper traffic signalled that this was a big event. We got dropped off on a street with no indication of where the fiesta was being held and just followed our instincts until eventually, we came to rows of white gazebos and live music. The entire place was packed with people eating, drinking, dancing and just generally having a good time.
The fiesta works on a ticket basis. You stand in a queue to purchase a wine glass for 2€ and tickets at 1€ each. Once you got your ticket reel and glass, you make your way around the various stalls of local bodegas and Canarian eateries sampling what they have to offer. Wine was 1 ticket and tapas was 2 tickets which was really cheap and makes getting drunk easy at 1€ per glass. As well as trying out several different glasses of wine, we also had some amazing food. We started off with cordon bleu which I have never actually tried which is bizarre for a meat and cheese lover like myself. It was absolutely delicious and started the food portion of the evening off with a bang. The meat was incredibly juicy and it had a garlicky flavouring that I fell in love with. I then skipped a few steps and headed straight for dessert by trying a scrumptious Ferrero Rocher caramel mousse. This was then followed by a mini burger of beautiful meat and finally a chicken kebab.
It’s a small world and whilst wandering around, we bumped into some of our colleagues. It was nice to spend some time with them as they’re not the typical people we hang around with and it was just nice to have a laugh with them and get to know them a bit more. Plus, we can’t complain that they offered us a lift home saving us another 30€ cab fare.
There was also a live band at the event and the atmosphere was brilliant, everyone just having a good time. The beach front of El Medano where the fiesta was located close to is stunning and there is a definite day trip in store in future. I love attending local events and being part of their culture and experience. It was a fantastic evening enjoying good food, good wine and good company.
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