Lights, Camera … Cantábrico!
Spanish street food, live music and flamenco dancers, you would be forgiven for thinking that we were talking about a Spanish festival. However, this wasn’t a street party in Porto, this was the UK premiere of Cantábrico, a Spanish nature documentary showcasing the wildlife and wild lands of the Cantábrian Mountains.
On the evening of the 16th of November, the prestigious doors of BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly were opened to welcome 200 guests for An Evening with The European Nature Trust. Guests enjoyed organic Spanish wine generously provided by Fells UK and the Torres Family, and had a chance to enjoy canapés prepared by the three Michelin star Chef Nacho Mazano and his very talented team from Iberica Restaurants in London. Canapés included a red berry & beetroot gazpacho, a delicious Ibérico ham croquette and mini Fabada – an Asturian classic.
Then came the time to ascend the stairs, past the iconic BAFTA masks on the wall and into the Princess Anne Theatre to sit down, get comfortable and be utterly blown away by Cantábrico.
While the guests were in the screening, the TENT team and BAFTA staff totally transformed the event space. Tables were moved, street food stalls were built, a stage was erected and the David Lean room transformed into a little Asturian market in London. As the guests came back into the room there were hit with music from Yelfris Valdes & Vince Vella – curated by Aaron Levitt. Wafer thin slices of, without a doubt, the highest grade Spanish jamón by Jose Sol (known as the Spanish Ham Master) were on offer as well as the dramatic pouring of sidra – poured from a height to oxygenate the drink, the golden liquid splashes into the bottom of a glass only to be drunk seconds later to fully enjoy the light, delicate taste.
Forgoing the traditional dinner and sit down reception, there was no silver service or place names to be seen. Instead, there was a row of corrugated iron food stands serving tapas prepared by the team from Ibérica. On offer were a hearty pitu rice and slow cooked chicken dish with peppers and saffron, and a wild mushroom dish made with a potato cream and served with a 65-degree egg. It’s fair to say every plate was practically licked clean!
After eating and drinking the very best northern Spain had to offer, the guests gathered to take part in a charity auction, hosted by Richard Madley. Lots sold included a trips to the wild heart of Scotland and a stay at the Alladale Wilderness Reserve, a VIP experience at Chelsea FC with a signed shirt off the back of Morata himself, and a money-can’t-buy trip to Asturias.
The night was only made possible due to the incredible generosity of our friends and supporters.
We have uploaded all photos from the special night onto our Facebook page, please share and tag yourselves in these.
We already look forward to welcoming you to BAFTA again soon for the next event!
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Aaron Levitt, Alfonso and Alvaro Morata, Andres Toro, Ane Elorriaga, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, Black Isle Brewery, Cambio De Tercio, Chelsea Football Club, Chris Morgan, Cinco Jotas, Claire Bullus, Embassy of Spain, Fernando Gonzalez Garden Design, Fundación Oso Pardo, Hotel Tierra Del Agua, Ibérica Restaurants, Indigo Eight, Jesus Olmedo, Juan Varela, Jose Maria Morales, Lara Arnott Photography, Velvet Living, Matthew Harmer, Nacho Manzano, Off The Fence, Serafina, Siderit Gin, Simon Moyes, Stanhope Capital, The English Group, Torres Family, Turismo Asturias, Vince Vella, Wanda Natura, Yelfris Valdes