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The only woman competitor in the fifth regional Canarian Chef of the Year competition, at the Tenerife Showground in Santa Cruz, beat all her male rivals to lift the award.

Laura Nieto, who is originally from Galicia but has lived in Tenerife for eight years, was the outright winner of the 2-day event and picked up her award and €1500 prize money from the Cabildo’s vicepresident José Manuel Bermúdez.

For the compulsory round the entrants had to prepared unusual dishes and to make it more interesting, they had to include vine leaves.

The dishes are judged on presentation as well as taste, and the entrants are judged on technical ability, creativity, technique and organisation

Laura is chef at the Anthelia Hotel in Costa Adeje. Runner-up was Germán Blanco from Lanzarote.

Elton John concert – chaotic!

Posted by dolly diver on January 25, 2008
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Singer Elton John performed for a 20,000-strong audience at the Costa Adeje Golf Course last night but the concert has been overshadowed by scathing criticism that the organisers were caught totally unprepared for the event.

Thousands of fans were still streaming into the purpose-built venue, complete with a stage measuring over a thousand square metres which needed 350 people to build, when the British star went on stage at 9.10 pm. According to Tenerife daily La Opinion the doors did not open until 45 minutes before and the bottlenecks due to a shortage of ticket checkers caused many to miss the start of the concert.

The organisers could face legal action after scores of fans who had bought expensive VIP tickets were unable to access their seats. Problems also plagued traffic in the area, with tailbacks in Playa de Las Americas and along the motorway due to inadequate signposting.

Elton John performs tonight

Posted by dolly diver on January 24, 2008
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Around 20,000 people are expected to attend the Elton John concert in south Tenerife tonight. Initially the concert was scheduled for November, but had to be put back to this month due to organisational problems.

Elton John is due to arrive in Tenerife by private jet just a few hours before going on stage at the Golf Costa Adeje, where the last minute touches were still being put to the mammoth structure needed for the concert late last night.

The organisers say 17,000 tickets have already been sold but they expect another 3,000 to be bought at the box office tonight. Extra buses have been laid on from Santa Cruz, Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas for the event, which begins at 9pm.

Siam Park on course to give Tenerife an oriental boost

Posted by dolly diver on December 18, 2007
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The countdown continues … after a deadline delay. Siam Park is now scheduled to open after unforeseen problems intervened, in the spring. But the wait will be worth it. The odds are that Costa Adeje and the great entrance-paying public won’t know what’s hit them when it does.
Touted as Europe’s largest aquatic theme park, it’s hardly a surprise that the complexities of its installations have caused a rescheduling of that original inauguration deadline.
But the hardest part, the actual installing of the machinery needed to drive the attractions, will be concluded by December or January by the latest, say Siam Park sources. After that it will be a matter of cleaning up and putting the artistic and botanical finishing touches to what promises to become Tenerife’s top tourist attraction after Mount Teide. And for not a few, possibly before it!
So if you’re still thinking Butlins-style water chutes, you’d better think again. Siam Park will be raising the bar on all that’s gone before when it comes to water parks, and that goes for the world, never mind just Europe.
Take, for instance, the Wave Palace where surfers will be able to do their thing, negotiating three metre high waves; then there are the tranquil charms of a lazy float down the tropical River Sawasdee; the more daring will be able to hurtle at speed through something called the Jungle Snake … then there’s the thrill of exploring a water-logged lost city, not to mention the scary allure of water chutes with names to strike terror into the timid: the Volcano, the Naga Racer, the Kamikaze, the Double Bowl and the Gigante.
Anyone who has ever been tempted to try their hand at white water rafting now has the chance to do so – on the Mekong Rapids – battered about in a five-seater boat.
As far as theme parks go, Tenerife’s latest will be a succession of superlatives. It will have the longest artificial slow flowing river in the world boasting the highest elevation in the world – up to 8 metres in parts. It will have the biggest artificial waves in the world; it will have the largest variety of chutes in the world and it will house the largest number of Thai buildings outside Asia in the world.
If the opening has been delayed, no matter. The timing, as far as island tourism is concerned, couldn’t be better. An attraction of this quality, on this scale and in this island represents a lifeline for Tenerife’s flagging tourism sector.
The vision, dedication and sheer hard graft behind the park is an inspiration. One can only hope that those in positions of power whose own vision and imagination seem sadly lacking by comparison take the message of Siam Park on board and that a bit of the inspirational magic rubs off on them.
For everyone’s sake.
Source: Tenerife News
New thrill -Vulcano
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Elton John concert – Jan 24th 2008 – tickets on sale

Posted by dolly diver on December 5, 2007
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Tickets for the Elton John concert in Costa Adeje have gone on sale. The event, which takes place on Thursday 24 January at the local Golf Course, is certain to be a sell-out, judging by the advance bookings taken by the call centre which has been open this past week.
Fans wanting the best view on the night will have to pay €120 for a Gold Seat in front of the stage or €90 to stand near the stage. The cheapest tickets available are €35. Outlets include the Corte Inglés department store, Halcon Viajes travel agents, Parah Beach Wear shops in the south of Tenerife and the Costa Adeje Golf Course office.
The organisers say the call centre (902 056 492) will continue to operate but only to give information on the concert, not to sell tickets.