Thursday, August 19, 2021
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The Rocks Restaurant at Coral Sea Resort in Airlie Beach is launching its first Spanish themed evening this Monday and, with delicious freshly made paella, tapas and of course sangria on the menu, this cultural extravaganza is set to be a gastronomic feast as well as a fun fiesta!
The event is organised by three staff members who are originally from Spain and missing their home country, the flamboyant culture for which it is known and their unique cuisine.
“The first thing that I noticed when I came to Airlie was there was no Spanish restaurants here,” said Luis Gonzalez who has worked at the Rocks for over a year.
“Airlie Beach is a small town where everybody knows each other so there is a feeling of community that is also present in the Spanish culture and the Spanish food.”
The trio say that despite loving the local lifestyle, they are also starting to miss their families and with a large South American population also residing locally, they think this night will give everyone a taste of home while also offering other nationalities the opportunity to experience a taste of Spain.
“We are trying to provide fun, loads of food and good wine – but the most important thing is for everyone to enjoy themselves so they can feel what it is like to be in Spain for the night,” said Manu Ruiz.
“There will be music, sangria and Spanish food, a really good night all together – we are a really close people, and we look forward to sharing that with everyone,” added Julia Tapia.
On the night, the lawn and beach at The Rocks will be transformed into a Spanish themed fiesta, with white linen, white lanterns, red roses and the lively ballads known from their home country.
The menu will feature many popular classics with paella, pinchos, tapas and tortillas offering guests a cultural grazing experience which will be infused with fresh, local seafood uniting the best of both cultures.
The event takes place on Monday, 23 August from 5pm – 9pm and tickets are available from whitsundaytickets.com.au. Tickets only $59 online.