The tapas tradition originated in the Andalucian region of Southern Spain, and like many traditions, it is steeped in mystery. ‘Tapa’ means ‘lid’ in Spanish, and is derived from the verb ‘tapar’ which means to cover or place something on top of.

Some believe that the first tapas were pieces of cured ham or bread placed over the top of a glass of wine or sherry to keep out flies. Another story holds a Spanish king responsible for making a law that each drink must be served with food.

Whatever the origin, it is a way of eating and drinking communally that is changing the way people view a night out.

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