The D * na Festival is the most mediatic and massive event in Dénia, which has been held for a few years but has already become an unmissable event for lovers of gastronomy. In fact, it is recognized as one of the most important gastronomic festivals in the Valencian Community.
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What is it?
The D * na is a gastronomic and ludic festival with international projection, which is organized every year by the City Council of Dénia and Turisme Comunitat Valenciana. Its great significance has to do, in part, with the role of the 3-Michelin-star chef Quique Dacosta as spokesman and gastronomic curator.
The festival started its journey in 2017 with Quique Dacosta as the main promoter. This was held at the Marineta Cassiana with the name of D * na Festival and served to project to the world the image of Dénia as a Unesco Creative Gastronomic City.
Since then, three editions have already been held and a fourth will take place next December 2021. One each year except for 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be canceled. Now, not always with the same format. The D * NA Festival, in its original format and with which it has become known, was only held in 2017 and 2018, with a resounding success from the public and participants.
Different circumstances have forced D * na to adapt to create new proposals and different spaces where the best of gastronomy can be brought closer to people.
D * na Forum
In 2019, the decision was made to alternate the festival with interspersed years dedicated to holding a forum for debate on products, gastronomy and restaurants. This gastronomic forum that was born as D * na Forum It was developed that same year on November 25, 26 and 27 at the CdT Dénia. It had the participation of gastronomic critics, journalists, cooks, tourism technicians, consultants, businessmen, ranchers and farmers.
Access all the information on the D * na Fòrum here.
D * na Restaurant
After a 2020 in which the festival could not be held due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization decided to reinvent the format to adapt it to the health reality of the moment. In this way, in order to avoid crowds, the Marineta Cassiana promenade was again dispensed with to develop the event, and the booths were replaced by the restaurants themselves. The format seeks to bring the public closer to the restaurants of Dénia by offering these special menus for this purpose, where the product of the area must be the protagonist.
At the same time, two stages located in the center of Dénia, in the Plaza del Consell and in Marqués de Campo, host different round tables, exhibitions, workshops and conferences, with the participation of chefs of great national and international recognition, such as Albert Adrià or Quique Dacosta himself.
The first and, for now, only edition of this so-called D * na Restaurant took place during the December 2021 bridge, between Friday the 3rd and Monday the 6th.
Access all the information about the D * na Restaurant here.
When is celebrated?
The date varies each year, although it is usually always in autumn. The first D * na Festival took place between September 30 and October 1, but both the D * na Fòrum and the D * na Restaurant took place between the end of November and the beginning of December. The duration of the event is one weekend to facilitate the presence of anyone who wants to attend.
Where it develops?
The official location is the Paseo de la Marineta Cassiana, along which several booths of the participating restaurateurs and producers are located and where people can buy their proposals. In the form of a bar there is a long table with views of the sea that occupies the entire railing of the beach, where people can consume their orders. Finally, at the end of the walk, in the farthest part of the urban area, there is a stage where different renowned chefs and producers pass to hold conferences and workshops focused on gastronomy.
The participants are not the same every year, although many restaurateurs and producers repeat. However, variations are usually produced, so that in each edition there are new proposals.
In the case of invited speakers or lecturers, this rotation is much more visible, with new faces every time the poster is renewed.
First edition: D * na Festival 2017
In its first year, 17 catering establishments, 22 producers and artisans and 4 “food truck” caravans presented their offers in booths and exhibition spaces. Among the guests, the chefs passed through the two stages of the festival:
- Joan Roca
- jordi cruz
- Angel León
- Andoni Luis Aduriz
- Paco Torreblanca
- Susi Diaz
- Maria Jose Sanroman
- Ricard Camarena
Second edition: D * na Festival 2018
In 2018, 50 booths were installed along the promenade to house restaurants, producers, artisans, manufacturing companies and institutional and private initiatives for gastronomic promotion. A total of 36 chefs and speakers paraded through the stages, including chefs Pepe Hernández, Elena Arzak, Pepe Solla and Dani García.
Third edition: D * na Fòrum 2019
13 speakers from diverse origins participated in the first forum format, as well as 48 experts and representatives of the different sectors involved in 17 discussion tables cos their respective moderators.
Fourth edition: D * na Restaurant 2021
In 2021 there will be 41 restaurants, along with bars, cafes, ice cream parlors, patisserie and food stores, which will host the D * na in this edition. His guest chefs include:
- Albert Adrià, who was head of pastry at El Bulli
- Alberto Ferruz (Bon Amb)
- Begoña Rodrigo (La Salita)
- Ricard Camarena (Ricard Camarena Restaurant)
- Bruno Ruiz (Aticcook)
- Juan Ramos (Llisa Negra)
- José Manuel López (Fish and Brases)
- Kiko Molla (L'Escaleta)
- Luis Valls (El Poblet)
- Miquel Ruiz (El Baret de Miquel)
- Oscar Molina (La Gaia)
- Pau Barba (Pacha Ibiza Group)
- Rafa Soler (Audrey's)
- Quique Dacosta, who will close the cycle of conferences
In its Festival format, over 22.000 people pass through the D * na venue in each edition, according to official estimates. In the Forum format, on the contrary, just over a hundred people attended the debates in person, although the online following was greater.
Assistants in the D * na of Marineta Cassiana
Cachorras band performing at the D * na Festival
D * na Festival booth
Tasting of salted fish from D * na
Decoration of D * na 2018
D * na festival staff number
Dianense chef Bruno Ruiz at D * na
Stuffed in a booth at the D * na Festival
Second D * na Festival ticket
Families resting in the D * na
Large influx of visitors to the D * na
Ice cream at the D * na Festival
Joan Roca at the D * na Festival
Jordi Cruz at the D * na Festival
La Marineta Cassiana ready for D * na
Tables of the D * na gastronomic festival at the Marineta Cassiana
Participant in the D * na Festival
Walk of the Marineta Cassiana during the D * na
Paseo de la Marineta during the second edition of D * na
Pep Romany during the first D * na
Dish by Vicente Patiño at the D * na Festival
Lecture by Paco Torreblanca during the D * na festival
Speakers during an edition of the D * na Festival
First day of D * na
Closeness product exhibited in the D * na
Audience of one of the D * na conferences
Audience at Kiko Moya's cooking show at D * na
Octopus drying on the Marineta Cassiana
Quique Dacosta on stage at D * na
Quique Dacosta and Jordi Cruz take a selfie on the D * na stage
D * na signage
Susi Díaz at the D * na Festival 2017
Tono Pastor during his speech in D * na 2018
One of the stalls of the D * na Festival
D * na rest area 2017
D * na children's area