The traditional fishing sector, known as Artisnal Fishing, is very important in the municipality of Mogán and on Gran Canaria. The municipality of Mogán has more than 16 kilometres of coastline, it currently has 58 moorings for artisanal fishing and houses two of the most important fishermen’s guilds (Cofridías de Pescadores) on Gran Canaria, Puerto de Arguineguín and Playa de Mogán.
One of the event’s objectives is to promote the consumption of seafood caught by the seamen of the municipality, such as blue fish in general and particularly tuna.
The Tuna Fair will start on Thursday, August 3 as a professional day for industry people with various talks.
On Friday August 4, the fair will begin for the public at 20:00 and be dedicated to gastronomy with wine tasting and tapas made with tuna caught by Mogán’s fishermen. Visitors will be able to taste various dishes with wine also being offered at reasonable prices.
On Friday, the morning and part of the invitation only events in the afternoon will be dedicated to professionals of the fishing industry, with talks and demonstrations in the art of fishing for tuna with explanations on the characteristics of each species imparted by the veterinarian Rafael Ginés and the biologist José González, both researchers at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
From midmorning, a broadcast of food professionals will hold live cooking exhibits based around tuna and explain culinary possibilities. Among the chefs will be Pakta Restaurant from the Adriá brothers, Jorge Muñoz, the presenter of the Nicola Poltroniero Cocina Channel, the chef from Rational in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, Juan Santiago, and the chef from Thomas’s La Terraza Restaurant at the Hotel Santa Catalina, Thomas Leeb.
Sunday, is the biggest day of the fair
On the big day events will start at noon with the presentation of recognition for local professionals in the fishing sector and will continue with a fishing demonstration on a craft boat, a tuna cutting show, children’s activities, live music and live cooking exhibits as well as the possibility to buy and taste tuna with various recipes and to find out firsthand all the possibilities offered by this tasty produce.
The professionals who will explain the recipes will be the chef of the Santo Santo Restaurant, Abraham Ortega, the chef from the Bohemia Hotel, Juanma Bertolín, and the pastry chef Luis Fuentes, members of the Acyre Gran Canaria Cooks Association, as well as the cook of the Casa Enrique Restaurant Alejandro Álamo.