A traditional Catalan winter food festival that involves giant onions and red wine poured into the mouth from a great height, La Calçotada is a unique gastronomic and cultural ritual that people all over Spain have come to enjoy.

A type of onion, the calçot is commonly found in Tarragona provinces close to the sea. At the festival, the calçots are dipped in carefully prepared salsa de calçots’ or Romesco sauce, often made from a closely guarded family recipe. Grilled meats usually follow. Traditionally the food is accompanied by cava which locals drink from porróns. Calçotada’s can get quite messy (that’s part of the fun), so participants are encouraged to wear bibs!

Ibérica is offering guests the opportunity to experience La Calçotada first hand at two of its restaurants, Ibérica Spinningfields, Manchester on Wednesday 24th February, from 6-8pm and Ibérica Marylebone on Tuesday 1st March, from 6-8pm.

The menu for this unique event is £37 and includes:


Vilarnau Brut Reserva NV. Reserva D.O. Cava

Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé NV. D.O. Cava

Beronia Reserva. Tempranillo, Graciano & Maz D.O. Ca Rioja


Bread with olive oil – 1/3 portion

Calçots with romescu sauce

Butifarra with trinxat Catalan

Mixed grill of Ibérico pork prime cuts from País de Quercus

Espuma de crema catalana & salted caramel ice cream

To book your calçotada, please contact;

Wednesday 24th February 6pm, Ibérica Spinningfields – [email protected]Tuesday 1st March 6pm, Ibérica Marylebone – [email protected]