Day of Ajobacalao

ajo bacalao above pestle mortar

Nothing says ‘Easter in Velez’ like ajobacalao, a delicious dish traditionally made in the run-up to Semana Santa. To reflect its cultural importance, the town has started celebrating it with its own dedicated day: El Dia del Ajobacalao.

ajobacalao day poster

Where is it? Plaza San Francisco (in the heart of Velez’s historic centre).

What is it? A competition and all round celebration of one of Velez-Malaga’s traditional Easter dishes, ajobacalao. And what is ajobacalao you might ask? Throughout Lent, veleños traditionally made this cold paste – a blend of salt cod, bread and garlic (lots of garlic…) – to be spread on toasted bread or crackers.

When is it? Saturday 8th April from 1200hrs.

Why should you go? It’ll just be one of those typical local events: relaxed, fun and utterly charming. As well as a competition, there’ll be tastings and plenty of opportunities to get your hands on some to take home. It can also be tried in many of the town’s bars and restaurants at this time of year if you fancy making a day out in Velez of it.

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