What is tapas?
The word “tapas” comes from the Spanish verb “tapar”, which means “to cover”, which lends to its origin. A popular theory for tapas’ origin is that small slices or bread or meat were used to cover people’s glasses of wine to keep flies and dust out. As time passed, this evolved into serving small servings of bread alongside drinks.
Tapas is a variety of appetisers and snacks in Spanish cuisine, and are designed to be shared among friends during a social gathering. They range from simple, small items like olives or almonds to much more complex dishes like ham, seafood and other meats. They’re often served on small plates so you tend to have several dishes to pick from at once.
As tapas is a social food, your group will often choose from a range of dishes, meats and flavours to all pick from and share between.