If you are going to visit the Valporquero Caves and want to know what to eat in Valporquero de Torio, the small village near the caves, in the Vegacervera municipality, you will have to travel a bit to find a bar or restaurant. Due to climate conditions, in cold, dry windy seasons, it is traditional to use cured meats from pork (sausage, loin, ham, pork fat) or game meat in the case of the famous goat meat.
Valporquero de Torio offers traditional stews, legumes and meat stews with pork, goat or game meat. In the stew, made with a base of potatoes and legumes, meat or cod can be added. A traditional dish is the trout soup, made with a base of onions and tomatoes.
This is an area of traditional cheese production, with both cured and semi-cured cheeses made from both cow and sheep milk.
Year after year they celebrate the Fiesta de la Cecina de Chivo de Vegacervera, in November, and the Feria de la Mantanza del Cerdo y del Chivo en Cármenes, an opportunity for visitors to taste the regional specialties. Put the finishing touch on eating in Valporquero de Torio with a delicious Vino del Bierzo or Vino de la Tierra de León, both made in the province with certificate of origin.