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5/03/2011

Fish market at the Mercado Municipal de Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain.



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Cigalas (Dublin Bay prawns) at Pontevedra Municipal market, Galicia.
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2010. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com for publication rights.

The Mercado Municipal in Pontevedra has an incredible fish market, said to handle more fish and shellfish than any market in Spain.  It is incredibly colorful and the fishmongers, mostly women, are an equally incredible cast of characters.  A photographer can easily spend the good part of a morning in this market.

Fishmonger at Pontevedra Municipal market, Galicia. 
Within seconds she will go back to gutting small sharks.
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2010. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com.


Fishmonger at Pontevedra Municipal market, Galicia. 
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2010. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com.


Navajas (razor clams) and almejas (clams).
Photograph by Gerry Dawes©2010. Contact gerrydawes@aol.com.


Slide show of Pontevedra Municipal Fish Market.
(Double click on images to enlarge, go to Picasa, click on Slideshow and F11 for full-screen view.)
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About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià.

In December, 2009,
Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés.

". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009. 



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Pilot for a reality television series on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain. 
(Valencia-Alicante espisode.)


Gerry Dawes can be reached at gerrydawes@aol.com; Alternate e-mail (use only if your e-mail to AOL is rejected): gerrydawes@gmail.com
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