Gala Dinner Program and Menu

Date: 16/09/2015

Departure: 18:00 from Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

B MEETING POINT: “PASEO PRÍNCIPE DE ASTURIAS” street

Destination: La Corona de Arucas Restaurant (Arucas)

Timetable:

Arrival and welcome cocktail1 19:00 – 20:00
Main Menu2 20:00 – 22:15
Desserts – Coffee - Tea – Awards 22:15 – 23:00
Traditional canary sports exhibitions3 23:00 – 23:30
Canary Island Popular Folklore and 1.5 hour free bar4 23:30 – 01:00

1 Welcome Cocktail:

 -Glass of manga:  manga, apple, onion, cucumber, garlic, melon, apple vinegar, olive oil and mineral water

-Octopus salad: flour, onion, red pepper, green pepper, olive oil, vinegar, salt and octopus

-Toast with salmon and tartar sauce: fresh salmon, smoked salmon, coriander, lemon, olive oil, gherkin, onion, caper, manga, sugar, avocado and bread

-Sachet of atlantic wreckfish with vegetables: onion, green pepper, red pepper, carrot, courgette, atlantic wreckfish, "pimiento choricero" (red dried pepper), white wine, flour, sweet chili pepper, salt and almond

 

2 Main menu:

-Selection of canary cheeses:  canary cheeses, dried fruits, salted fruits, sweet fruits, guava jam, sugar and lemon

- "La Corona" big croquette: onion, leek, olive oil, butter, cured Iberian ham, salt, pepper, nutmeg, milk, egg and bread crumbs with poppy seed

-Crunchy blood sausage from Teror: sweet blood sausage, onion, leek, dried fruits liquors, cinnamon, cumin, salt, pepper, almon, flour and wine

-Watercress salad: varieties of lettuce, watercress, hard cheese from the mountain, almond, egg, lemon, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper

-"Papas negras arrugadas" with "mojo picón": small and tasty canary potatoes with salty and wrinkled skin accompanied by canary sauces: garlic, cumin, vinegar, parsley, coriander, paprika, red pepper, green pepper, salt, pepper, tomato, chilli pepper and olive oil

-Lemon sorbet: lemon sorbet, cava and milk

-Fish: atlantic wreckfish, garlic, onion, leek, green pepper, olive oil, butter, white wine, cream, coriander, lemon, flour, salt and pepper

-Meat: beef, potato, red wine, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, bean, leek and bacon

-Dessert: milk, egg, gofio (roasted canary flour), suit and tasty canary banana, sugar, gelatine, cream, lemon

 

3 Traditional canary sports exhibitions:

- Stick Fighting (Juego del palo)[a]: This recreational sports activity involves the execution of a series of movements with sticks in simulated combat between two participants. The aim is to "score" or simulate hits without there being any contact on the unprotected parts of the body.

The sport requires consummate skill and balance, as well as agility in the wrists, arms, hips and feet. Spectators are amazed by the spectacular tilted stances of the fighters, as well as the characteristic manner in which the sticks are held at one end and twirled in windmill-like movements.

Some of the characteristic techniques that are used in the sport are "cuadras", a term that refers to the stances that the contenders adopt, "atajes" and "parados", which refer to defensive blocking moves, as well as "mandados" and "tirados", which are techniques for attacking with the sticks. These techniques are classified according to the manner of execution as well as the part of the stick that is used for scoring or indicating the hit.

The sticks, which may differ in size, are chosen in accordance with certain criteria, whereafter they are prepared in a specific way to obtain strength and lightness.

- Canarian Wrestling (Lucha Canaria)[b]: Of all the traditional local sports in the Canary Islands, there can be no doubt that it is the Canary wrestling that is still the most popular through to this day. The oldest chronicles with respect to the islands made allusion to this sport practised by the islanders and passed down from one generation to the next. According to the Chronicles, these wrestling bouts were organised to solve conflicts with respect to land and other matters.

The tradition is as alive as it was centuries back. The same rites and rituals have been maintained although the matches are now organised for sporting reasons only and in areas specially designed for the same, types of arenas called “terreros”. On these arenas, the wrestlers try to tumble their opponent, using skill often more than sheer strength. The winner is the wrestler who manages to floor his opponent making them touch the arena with any part of their body.

Although this is a type of combat, respect for one’s adversary is the essence itself of the sport. Nobility, respect for the loser, team spirit and regard for the rules are all tacit elements of Canary wrestling. Each time a wrestler is tumbled, the winning opponent helps him up and hugs him respectfully before abandoning the arena.

Wrestlers can be big tough-looking guys and many of them are a fair size. However, to be a wrestler, you don’t only have to be strong but to be agile, to catch your opponent’s weak points and use them to good effect to knock him off balance. Wrestling matches are organised by rounds that bring together opponents from two teams who are eliminated as they fall in the various bouts. Wrestlers grasp each other by the clothes at the beginning of the bout and when the referee gives the go ahead, they set to, to try and tumble their rival to the ground.

The teams of Canary wrestling are organised by the Federation, set up in 1943, into regional and island competitions.

 

4 Canary Island Popular folklore:

- “Ramón Gil “: Ramón Gil, begins to touch the guitar to the age of nine years, once it obtains his first guitar, in his natal city, Las Palmas of Great Canary. Without leaving her, when it was counting twelve, it was interested vividly for the “timple”, devoting itself for point to the same one for five years with the intention of managing to be a soloist of so significant instrument. It records his first disc at the age of twenty years, I dial that it was containing two his topics. But the activity to which Ramón Gil dedicates the maximum of time, in the education. It is possible to say that it lives through it...it is of vocation mainly.

- Folk Group “Roque Nublo”: Founded on 6th September, 1955, its antecedents, nevertheless, go back to 1953 when, with the name of «Rondalla Española» it performed Canarían songs and dances as well as those from other Spanish regions.

But the wish to offer tourists the most genuine part of the folklore from our islands made the Group incline exclusively to popular songs and dances from our region in its whole, wide variety and richness.

Since then they hold, with legitimate proud, the graceful name of our most emblematic monolith, the rocky deity of the «Roque Nublo», cyclopean heart of Gran Canaria, and a name which, surpassing the embrace of these islands, they have shown in triumph all over the world.

At present, the group has 21 members, restless, enthusiastic people of humble origin in their beginning, but who brim with art and feeling when they sing, dance, and play the several musical instruments typical from this region.

The dynamic, born of their own hopefulness, encouraged them to conquer distant horizons. It wasn't enough to wait till tourism arrived at our coasts, but they decided to take to remote places the colour and the warm of our most genuine folklore, participating repeatedly in all types of cultural demonstrations, putting high up, straight and triumphant, the Canarian pavilion.

The visited countries and the awards obtained have been innumerable. The name of the Canary Islands -and therefore the name of Spain- have been taken by the FOLK GROUP «ROQUE NUBLO» to England, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Morocco, Konakri, the United States of America, etc., and, of course, to the Iberian Península, too, multiplying the trips after the reaped success.

In appreciation of their value, they have won, among other prizes, the «Medalla de Oro» of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City, the «Placa de Bronce al Mérito Turístico», awarded by the «Ministro de Transportes, Turismo y Comunicaciones»; the «Lauro de Turismo 88», by the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; the City Council of Texas (USA) acclaimed the Group «Emisario de las Musas» of San Antonio, Bejar County, Texas State, each with distinctions from the Mayor of the City and the Gobernar ofHidalgo, in San Antonio of Bejar; in 1983 and 1987, Golden Medals in Schoten (Belgium); Golden Medal as well in the International Folklore Festival of Sintes (France) in 1986; the Silver Trophy, the highest award, in the Billingham Festival (England), in the editions of 1967, 1969, 1978, and 1984.

A wide history filled with success, with a multitude of records and innumerable performances on the radio and on television in two continents, as well as countless public appearances, which dot with applause the extraordinary trajectory of the FOLK GROUP «ROQUE NUBLO», the greatest sample of songs and dances from this inviting land, pampered by the gods ...