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Tarragona Mediterranean Games 2018

 

In a few days the Mediterranean Games will take place in Tarragona, a port city located on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea, 1 hour & 21 minutes driving from Barcelona. In Tarragona you can admire the vaults of the Roman circus and the charming alleys of the historic quarter. The city has a heritage of historic monuments and locations from Roman, medieval and modern eras. Tarragona reveals the essence of the Mediterranean.

Between June 22 and July 1, there will be 26 countries from three continents (19 from Europe, five from Africa and two from Asia) whose common denominator is to be coastal of the Mediterranean Sea.

These Games will house 33 different disciplines and 16 venues will be set up, most of them in Tarragona, although some disciplines will also be played in Barcelona.

Tarragona awaits the arrival of 4,000 athletes. In addition there will be present a thousand judges and representatives, thousand journalists and 3,500 volunteers that will put the Catalan city at the center of the world sports map. This multi-sport competition, which is part of the Olympic movement, with the recognition of the International Olympic Committee, is still a Second Division of the Olympic Games.

The program is limited to 33 disciplines, among which are some as unique and local as the sport of balls (bowls and petanque), or others that are not recognized as Olympic games, like water skiing or golf. On the other hand, there is a lack of traditional sports such as synchronized swimming, trampoline jumps, pentathlon or field hockey.

Athletes also see these Games as a test of demanding preparation for their individual goals, beyond the possibility of achieving a medal for their record. This thesis acquires force after the decision of the International Committee to modify part of the sports program of Tarragona 2018 for the fear that tests are disputed with a few athletes. The suppression affects nine of the 237 scheduled sports such as men’s 1,500 meters, ball sports, 125-kg wrestling, -49 kg boxing, Olympic Skeet shooting, -62 kg weightlifting and lightweight double scull rowing.

The list of cancelled tests does not imply elimination of any sport of the sports calendar, in fact that did occur in the previous edition to Mersin 2013, where the women’s basketball and the equestrian team were removed.

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Ham tasting & Teambuilding activity

 

Have an amazing ham tasting experience in combination with a teambuilding and try the 10 different types of Iberian and Iberian acorn hams.

The activity will start with a short welcome drink (10 minutes) and the identification of the teams you will be divided in for the teambuilding.

Next there will be a theoretic part, an informative speech will tell you everything you need to know about the Iberian pork, the elaboration of the ham and the differences between their origins (20 minutes).

After the speech it’s finally time to taste some delicious ham. The hams will be tasted in the adequate order, as you will definitely appreciate the different qualities and textures of the hams, and their different flavours, depending on the procedure, breeding and feeding of the pork (25 minutes).

Now it’s time for the teambuilding activity (15 minutes). Details of the activity:

  • Teams of 4 up to a maximum of 6 participants.
  • After the speech and tasting, each team will be delivered the game dossier.
  • The dossier contains a chart with the name, origin and part of each ham and each team has to figure out the 5 hams that are being blind tasted: their origin and whether it comes from the leg or the shoulder blade.
  • Each member of the team will taste one slice of each ham and they will have to discuss with their team the precedence of it.
  • Once the chart is completed, the team will deliver it to the jury.
  • The results will be checked and announced during dinner or lunch time.
  • Each member of the winning team will get a prize of 100 gr of Iberian ham + a certificate as a Master Ham-Taster.

After the teambuilding you will have an appetizing dinner or lunch (1 hour).The menu:

  • Large selection of cheese
  • Selection the acorn fed Iberian tenderloin
  • Acorn fed Iberian “morcon” loin
  • Duck foie-grass
  • Spanish omelet with onion
  • Ciabatta bread with rubbed tomato
  • As well as all this menu, you can eat an unlimited amount of ham slices of your choice among the ones offered in the tasting
  • Deserts and coffees
  • Red wine (Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedès or Priorato)
  • Soft drinks and mineral water

Finally the results of the teambuilding activity will be checked and announced during dinner or lunch time. Each member of the winning team will get a prize of 100 gr of Iberian ham + a certificate as a Master Ham-Taster.

 

Contact us if you have a group interested in this unique activity, or for a full Incentive program.

 

 

 

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Barcelona business tourism beat the record in 2017

In 2017 Barcelona has made history in business tourism, the Catalan capital hosted a total of 2134 business meetings that represented an increase of 8.1% compared to the previous year. A record driven by the technology companies, which represent the conventions, and the medical and pharmaceutical events, which represent more than half of the congresses held last year in the city. It’s estimated that the local economic impact was 1,851 million euros, 21,1% more than the previous year, and the highest number since 2001.

The meetings that take place in Barcelona are mainly from large companies such as Cisco, HP or Microsoft that is following in the footsteps of the Mobile World Congress.

Of the 2134 meetings that were registered in 2017, a total of 561 were congresses and 1573 conventions. Within the first group are the Mobile or the Smart City Expo, although the medical, sanitary and pharmaceutical congresses accounted for more than 50% of what was calculated.

Barcelona has already outdone itself, in fact, in the fall of 2019, the Gran Via site will host the ultimate medical congress: the European Oncology. Until last year, it was held in Madrid and which provides for the assistance of more than 25,000 professionals.

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Sailing and winery visit

 

This is a possible activity that you can choose to be included in your Incentive program.

A sea route with endless possibilities opens up before you! Sail to Masnou, leaving Barcelona’s incredible skyline behind, and discover the beaches at Maresme. Let us take you to the wineries, where a sommelier will accompany us on a journey into the vineyards, their wines and aromas. Finally, enjoy delicious Mediterranean gastronomy in an experience sure to delight all your senses.

We set out from Barcelona aboard a Golet, which is a Turkish wooden boat with two masts, formerly of pine, that were used to transport cargo and fishing along the southern coast of Turkey. Afterwards we will  sail to the port town of Masnou. During the journey, we’ll be able to enjoy the city’s skyline, which we gradually leave behind to discover the endless Maresme beaches.

 

Boat     Live Music

Appetizers     Boat

 

On the boat the group can enjoy various activities, such as:

  • Tasting delicious dishes from the catering
  • Private golf lessons: this involves using golf balls that are composed of ecological substances, as soon as they end up in the water they dissolve.
  • Playing Poker or Black Jack: we provide the tables and the necessary equipment.
  • Listening to beautiful live music: artists that will blow your mind with a private concert using a saxophone and/or guitar.

 

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Golf        Live Music

 

 

On arrival to Masnou Port, we’ll head straight for a local, family-run winery. A sommelier will show us around this organic vineyard, which looks out onto the Mediterranean, and reveal the secrets of this unique wine-making location.

 

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We’ll taste and learn about their wines, and we can even enrich the experience with a light meal, pairing Mediterranean tapas with the vineyard’s finest organic offerings.

Contact us if you have a group interested in this unique activity, or for a full Incentive program.

 

 

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New cooking workshop space in Barcelona

This is a multifunctional Gastronomic space designed, prepared and adapted for cooking courses and workshops; it is the perfect location for gastronomic team building activity.

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The talented chefs will bring out your own inner chef while you enjoy and learn all the necessary techniques in the practical courses. All the ingredients that are used are fresh and high quality products of the Boqueria market.

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Take part in one of the many practical courses, for example:

  • Healthcare workshop, with lots of flavors, aromas and spring colors.
  • Vegetarian cuisine fusion workshop, Indian-Thai-Mediterranean.
  • Molecular kitchen workshop

 The place can also be used for having meeting in the morning, since the space also has screen and a projector, followed by a delicious cooking workshop. After the cooking class the group will eat their own culinary creations. (Non-limited wine included in the menus).

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This amazing venue is located in the center of Barcelona and features the latest new technologies. The space has a size of 200m2, what makes it absolutely perfect for corporate groups.

The space is very private and sociable and will certainly contribute to making your experience unique.

Please contact us if you have any group interested in a gastronomic team building activity.

 

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Corporate event in paradise

This is a full day meetings and activity event for any company looking to spend a day in nature.

The venue selected offering extraordinary beauty can be found 40 minutes outside of Barcelona and is located in a very quiet and green area. The palace is surrounded by a mix of breath taking gardens and ancient trees from all over the world. Extraordinary corners, ponds, water lilies… you can all find it at this beautiful place. This location is absolutely perfect for a full day meeting program.

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In the morning there will be 4 hours of work meetings with a relaxing coffee break after 2 hours. The meeting room includes a projector, tables, chairs and water. You have a choice of various drinks and delicacies during your coffee break: coffee, tea, juice, water, croissant, toast, cereal and fruit.

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After the work meeting you will have a delicious gastronomical lunch.  For the first part of the lunch you can choose from these options:

  • Crunchy artichokes with prawns
  • Pea cream with poached egg and shavings of jabugo ham
  • Sardine cake with tomato confit and pesto sauce

For the second part you can choose from these culinary delights:

  • Roast beef
  • Duck magret with mango chutney
  • Hake supreme with grilled au gratin with alioli muslin

To finish the lunch, you can choose one of these delightful desserts:

  •   Creamy white chocolate with pistachios
  • Lemon mousse cake with lemon curd
  • Chocolate fondant cake

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To unwind and completely relax after the lunch, you will take part in a yoga class. This activity is perfect to help manage stress, relax, eliminate tensions and in general, obtain well-being and a better quality of working life.

After this mind-expanding yoga class, the day has come to its end.

Alimentaria Barcelona 2018

Alimentaria 2018 – International Food, Drinks & Food service Exhibition

Alimentaria is the leading fair for food, drinks and gastronomy in Spain and the Mediterranean Arc and an international benchmark for the sector.

In various sectors the Spanish food and beverage industry is one of the favorites. Spain has Alimentaria as its reference room.  Based on the net sales data, the Spanish food and beverage industry has positioned itself as the fourth in Europe and the eighth worldwide.

This unique fair attracts thousands of international buyers each year, that are in search for high quality food and variety. It is the landmark international event for all professionals in the food, drinks and food service industry and represents an unmissable date with innovation, the latest trends and the internationalization of the sector.

Some of the various activities that you can experience at the fair are for example:

Vinorum Think: This includes a dozen master tasting sessions to unveil the wines that are setting the trends, and a space featuring the most outstanding classic ‘pairings’ in Spain between wine and cuisine.

Barcelona Cocktail Art: This exhibition and demo area teaches you everything you have to know about the art of cocktail making and will be the venue for presentations, workshops, master classes and tasting sessions by leading national and international experts.

The unique values of this fair are internationalization, innovation, gastronomy and sector specialization. So do not hesitate and come admire a highly attractive offering based on the key markets for the food industry and their consumer trends. This unique event will take place on 16-19 of April at Gran Via Venue in Barcelona.

 

 

Catamaran Barcelona

There is a new catamaran in town

“There is a new catamaran in town”… and it will be soon available moored at Sitges port suitable for any kind of event.

This is a new, luxurious and futurist catamaran never seen before in the Mediterranean Sea.

The solarium has 19 comfortable and design lounges. Every lounge has mattress, pillow, towel and box with key for guests’ personal belongings. It has a sun visor that offers protection, comfort and intimacy.

The inside of the boat has a capacity up to 38 people sitting in nice Chester sofas. It is equipped with air conditioning, TV screens for presentations and a bar that offers gourmet menu as well as a selection of premium cocktails.

The prow area is a VIP zone for 8 people. Guests will enjoy privacy, VIP service and spectacular views. The poop is equipped with showers and swimming platforms.

This excellent catamaran is perfect for corporate meetings, sunset cocktails or any kind of special event you want to offer to your clients.

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Winery visit – Awaken your senses

We are all aware that Barcelona is the place to be, the place that all tourists and business groups want to visit and discover. However, Barcelona’s surroundings are as beautiful as Catalonia’s capital and definitely more calm and quiet.

That is the reason why sometimes we like to suggest an alternative to Barcelona when clients ask for a leisure activity for their groups while they attend congresses, conventions or incentive trips in the city.

Let us tell you a bit more about one of those alternatives; we call it “Awaken your senses”.

This is a half-day activity in the Bages region, around one hour driving distance from Barcelona. We will visit a winery that has more than 9 centuries of history and a long tradition in wine growing. Once we arrive to the winery we will start with a nice breakfast buffet that includes coffee/tea, juices, cupcakes, cookies and all sorts of cakes made by a local creative bakery.

Half an hour later, a guide from the winery will take us on a tour to visit the facilities, which includes the old cellar of the house (XII). The old cellar is of the gems of the wine culture and history of this area and it has been preserved in its original state. We will also visit the museum of industry and transport: private collection of the family engaged in transportation vehicles, trucks and antique tools that the family used for winemaking.

The next stop will be the modern cellar and the barrels room. In this last room we will take a break for a relaxing yoga session in a unique and charming place. After stretching our body and connect with ourselves, we will take a walk to the vineyards so we can approach history of viticulture in bages and enjoy the landscape.

At the end of the walk, the visit culminates with a wine and olive oil tasting in a lovely setting surrounded by vineyards. We will taste white and red wines as well as high quality olive oil produced by the same winery.

It is now time to have an appetizer back in the winery followed by a tasty lunch in one the winery’s rooms. We will of course enjoy our meal with the local wines.

A bottle of wine as a gift for all our guests will be the end of this experience before we go back to Barcelona with all our senses completely awaken.

This activity will allow your clients to disconnect from city stress and noise, recharge their batteries and be ready for any new business challenge coming.

Contact us for more information.

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Cocktails of the future

If you are looking for a new way to impress the attendees of your event, do not look anymore, you have just found it!

Thanks to the Molecular girl, guests can taste cocktails of the future in an innovative way and through a collective experience. The speherification technique created by molecular gastronomy Chef Ferran Adria is also used in molecular mixology.

These creations are concentrated in spheres that provoke an explosion of flavors, textures and incomparable sensations.

The Molecular girl will definitely guarantee the success of your corporate event or gala dinner, contact us for more information.

 

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