VALENCIA. It is going to sound crazy – we know it – but, if the pandemic has thrown us something positive, it is an undeniable awareness of everything that surrounds us. Facing the four walls of the house with no other stimulus than culture –which we would have done without it– made us, somehow, concentrate on living in the present. Only and exclusively. And be careful: because the pandemic has been very hard and in no case do we intend to trivialize it in this space, but the respite that we have granted to the environment and the solidarity and kindness of the people have also defined a good part of these last months – for not say last year. So today, in homage to it, the agenda is loaded with awareness by the environment and by ourselves. Local markets, orchards, inclusion and donations to NGOs are just some of the ingredients of this week’s gastronomic and cultural recipe. As they would say in Nobody knows anything: slover, brothers.
MONDAY. To the market!
What? Valencia Change for the Climate!
When? From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until June 8
Where? Benicalap Market (June 7) and Castilla Market (June 8)
What we said: there is a growing awareness of what surrounds us is not a surprise to anyone. The fourth edition of the campaign Valencia Change for the Climate! it comes, simply, to reaffirm it. It does so by focusing, this time, on the importance of “eating well” to “save the climate.” Today and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., an information point will be set up in the Benicalap market (today) and Castilla (tomorrow) to talk about these issues. The didactic office of the Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia, among other entities, will propose activities related to the home garden planting, the use of aromatic herbs for seasoning or how to avoid food waste. Mentioning these places, by the way, makes us remember this piece that we published about the forgotten markets of Valencia: those humble spaces located on the outskirts that claim their place in the city. Will this be the perfect occasion to give them another chance?
TUESDAY. Inclusion and wine
What? Colors in the circle (LGTBI cycle)
When? Every Tuesday from 7 p.m.
Where? MUVIM Terrace (c / de Quevedo, 10)
Local gastronomy and cultural and inclusive events. This is the proposal of Muviment, the terrace of the Museo Valencià de la Il·lustració i de la Modernitat (also known as MuVIM). Every Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m., the artist Drag, Liz Dust, and the Valencian director Carlos Giménez present a theme of the LGTBI collective with various invited personalities. This Tuesday it’s Cancaneo and parties of the 90s. With limited capacity, it is necessary to reserve a table in advance (minimum two people, maximum six) and the price is 5 euros each. What to drink while enjoying this interesting and necessary proposal? You don’t need to think about it too much: the Muviment menu includes wines such as Mala Vida –one of the great successes of Bodegas Arráez– or Vividor –which is often accompanied by the adjective «enjoy». No problem.
WEDNESDAY. What was before, now
What? Crochet cool
When? Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where? The House of Patraix (c / convent of Jesús, 11)
We do not say it: the crochet It is one of the trends that are going strong. It only takes a quick glance at the digital platforms of many fashion brands to see. And it is that crochet –because that is how this word is when it is stripped of Gallicism– is a technique that can be reminiscent of more ancient times, but it has also become a hobby to relax and forget headaches. At the Casa de Patraix they are aware of this and that is why they propose this activity which, in addition, pursues social purposes, since the products are donated to different NGOs. Only 400 meters separate this cultural space from the Yukmi restaurant, Korean food that flies authenticity as a flag. From the past to the present in a matter of five minutes.
THURSDAY. A dark blue Valencia almost black
What? Black Valencia
When? From June 10 to 19
Where? In different stages of the city (the whole program, here)
Valencia Negra kicks off. The quintessential festival of black genre of the city this year hosts a large program that has some of the most important literary profiles on the national scene, such as Víctor del Árbol, Rosa Ribas, Berna González Harbor, or Esther García Llovet, among others. The entire program, which also includes workshops, firms and reading clubs, can be consulted here. This Thursday, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Centro del Carme de Cultura Contemporània, the first day of this event opens with Carlos Zanón, Lluis Llort or Juan Madrid. How to finish the day? Passing through Oganyo, where under its “Spring Thursdays” you can enjoy a dinner with live musical accompaniment. What do you want: the mystery always whets the appetite.
FRIDAY. Looking for focus
When? Friday June 11 from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday June 12 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where? Tapiner Market (c / de la Tapineria, 15)
On the weekend of June 11-13, the third edition of ‘Enfocart’ takes place, a artistic meeting between professionals and amateurs from the photography, art, illustration and design sectors that shelters the Tapiner Market. Of course, among photos, illustrations and various designs you can taste something in the gastronomic spaces of this space. On the one hand, the Bar & Kitchen, more focused on fresh and Mediterranean cuisine; on the other, La Bernarda, focused on rice dishes, typical dishes and esmorçarets. The Pérez brothers, Raquel and Jose, are in charge of the stoves in both places. “Eat and drink, life is short!” is one of their mottos. We will not contradict them.
SATURDAY. Orchards and sandwiches
What? Visits to the Huerto de San Eusebio
When? Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 13 at 11 a.m.
Where? Huerto de San Eusebio (Barranco la vila, Carcaixent)
Do you want to know the Buddha hand lemon? Would you like to try citrus caviar? In the Huerto de San Eusebio, located in Carcaixent, they propose these questions among others. How to do it: through a visit to this space, where you can see first-hand what an organic garden is like and its natural, agricultural and landscape values. Not only that: you can also access the romantic gardens, the farmhouse and the chapel in what stands as a didactic and different plan. As a bonus: after the two-hour visit, they also suggest we enjoy lunch outdoors to recharge our batteries before heading home. What don’t you know what to take with you? Well, take a look at the New Oslo sandwiches. It will be for ideas.
SUNDAY. A little jazz?
Just a few days ago, Filmin announced the news – or, rather, news -: more than 100 titles for jazz lovers are made available to the public in one of its new collections, this time dedicated to this musical genre. A frame where prodigious voices fit, like those of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone or Ella Fitzgerald, and timeless icons like Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Chet Baker going through more contemporary musical profiles, like Brad Mehldau, Marcus Miller, China Moses or Rhoda Scott. Documentaries about jazz and soundtracks that have used jazz as the musical axis of their productions also find their place under this rhythmic umbrella. Keeping the beat has never been so easy; enjoy Sunday with a luxury company, either.