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 Oct 11 2021

Fiesta Nacional de España and How to Avoid Fruit Flies in the Wine

Fiesta Nacional de España is the official name of the Spanish National Day. It is held annually on 12 October, to commemorate the arrival of the Spanish expedition led by Columbus to the new world.

Known as "Dia de la Hispanidad", it also emphasizes Spain's connection to the more than 500 million Spanish speaking people in 21 countries around the world. It is massively celebrated in Spain through numerous public and private events organized throughout the country to praise the nation's heritage, history, society and people.

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"Subteniente" is the Spanish equivalent of a Sergeant Major. Francisco Javier Martinez Esparza bears his rank with pride, working in the Plans Policy Branch of JSEC. They are concerned with the policy of the JSEC mission and tasks, always directed towards potential future situations. Currently, Esparza's task focuses on administrative work for the whole branch.

He enjoys living in Ulm; getting in contact with people, experiencing their way of living and tasting the different food are very important to him. During the last lockdown, he promised joyfully, "When everything is back to normal, the Spanish Delegation will make a big Paella for everyone". Today he will keep his promise and the Spanish delegation serves a "Tapa of Paella" to all JSEC members.
Did you know tapas were originally used to avoid flies drowning in the wine?

The literal meaning for the word "tapa" is "cover or "coaster." According to popular stories and old legends, in Castilla, Spain, the land of Don Quixote, men frequented taverns where the most popular drink was red wine. Wine barrels and taverns were an attractive place for wine flies and other flying pests. The custom of covering a glass of wine with a Tapa became a necessity to avoid flies drowning in the wine.

Original Tapas were thin slices of bread or meat, normally ham or chorizo, which are both very salty and activate thirst. Because of this, bartenders and restaurant owners created a variety of snacks to serve with the wine, thus increasing their alcohol sales. The Tapas eventually became as important as the wine itself.

The meaning of Tapas has changed over the years. According to the official Spanish dictionary any small portion of food that is enough to accompany a drink is now considered a Tapa. New fashionable bars and restaurants are reinventing tapas and now serve them as a complete meal composed of many little dishes.

Still, Tapas are not only another type of food; they are a fun way to get together for a brief drink and a chat with friends. In Spain, dinner is usually served between 9 and 11 p.m. (sometimes as late as midnight), leaving significant time between work and dinner. Therefore, Spaniards often "go for Tapas" (Spanish: Ir de tapas) to bridge the time between finishing work and having dinner.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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Fiesta Nacional de España is the official name of the Spanish  National Day. It is held annually on 12 October, to commemorate the  arrival of the Spanish expedition led by Columbus to the new world
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Original Tapas were thin slices of bread or meat, normally ham or chorizo, which are both very salty and activate thirst.
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According to the official Spanish dictionary any small portion of food  that is enough to accompany a drink is now considered a Tapa. New  fashionable bars and restaurants are reinventing tapas and now serve  them as a complete meal composed of many little dishes.
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Spaniards often "go for Tapas" (Spanish: Ir de tapas) to bridge the time between finishing work and having dinner.

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