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One of the world's great football clubs, Barça now brands itself as "more than a club" for a number of reasons. Within the Catalan reagion, the club has become a symbol of "national pride". Further afield, FC Barcelona like to portray themselves as upholders of a more democratic, independent and ethical way of running a football club. The most instantly visible side to this is their shirt sponsorship. Rather than take money from one of the many multi-national companies queueing up to pay them for the honour, Barça have in the past used their shirts to publicise the work of Unicef and the Qatar Foundation.
Politics and ethics aside, Barcelona are a great football club, who have won friends and admirers around the world. Watching a Barça match is always enjoyable, and the perfect excuse for for a football party!
Ideas for a Barcelona Themed Party
A tapas party is one ideal way to watch a Barça game; as long as you can prepare the food in advance, otherwise you'll end up missing most of the match!
If you prefer a "proper" meal, we have a few suggestions below for Catalan dishes.
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Food for a Barcelona Themed PartyCatalans are very proud of their food. Being on the coast, fish and seafood are extremely popular, served with a variety of sauces. The local wild mushrooms are also passionately sought out and cooked by the locals. They are fond of combining ingredients in ways that many others would not think to do, for example fish with meat, smoked fish with fruit or nuts, etc.
In common with the rest of Spain, Tapas are a popular way to eat. For those not familiar with them, tapas are more a way of eating than necessarily a specific recipe or recipes. The idea is to order small portions of many different dishes as you order your drinks over the course of the evening - each time you order a round of drinks, order another tapas or two. To our way of thinking, if they can be prepared in advance, is there a better way to combine food, drink and a good footy game on the TV?! We think not! There are so many recipes and ideas for tapas - or Pintxos as they are known in the Basque region - that we may end up having a whole page dedicated to them. For now, we'll add a few here as a start....
Drink for a Barcelona Themed PartyIn common with the rest of Spain, wine is drunk in Catalonia with most meals. The region is best known for its popular sparkling wine - cava. The locally brewed brands of beer - San Miguel and Estrella Damm - are both popular throughout Spain and further afield.
Search for Spanish wine online at DrinkSupermarket.com.