Sunday, 15 February 2015

14.2.15 Bar Juanito; Flamenco & Sherry Experience

Faustino Rodriguez, owner of the famous Bar Juanito in Jerez has been made a Hijo Predilecto (Honoured Son) of the city. He was presented with the honour by the mayor today at a special council meeting at the Claustros de San Domingo, attended by many local business people. Faustino has another business, the catering company Alta Cazuela, also known for quality and reliability.

Famous for his sense of humour and his alcachofas (artichokes), he started out washing glasses with his father, working in various family businesses such as a bakery and a tobacconist, and ended up founding in 1983 the current bar/restaurant which seems to occupy virtually a whole street (Pescadería Vieja just off the Plaza Arenal). A marvellous place for local cuisine and atmosphere.

Faustino Rodriguez, smiling as ever (foto:reporterosjerez)

The Flamenco and Sherry Experience will take place this year at the bodegas of González Byass on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February at 13.00. This is a brilliantly conceived event where each style of Sherry is compared to each style of Flamenco and it is now an integral part of the Festival de Jerez.

Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado and Cream will be tasted and explained along with the Buleria, Soleá, Siguiriya and Fandango. To the senses of sight, smell and taste will be added the sense of sound via an audiovisual experience which pays homage to the Flamenco greats.

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