Ferias and festivals to look out for, 2nd half October
Autumn brings a focus on food to the festivals and ferias of Mallorca. The second half of October brings a few good ones – particularly for lovers of sobrasada!
Feria del Pimentón, Felanitx, 20 Oct
Held every year in the southeast old town of Felanitx, on the Sunday after the fiesta of San Lucas. This year that falls on 20th October. The Feria del Pimentón (Fira del Pebre Bord) is the last fair of the year in Felanitx. It traditionally marks the start of the slaughter season. This is regarded as the time to buy the essential paprika for the preparation of sobrasada, the spicy Mallorcan sausage.
The town is literally painted red in honor of the spicy star of the show. There are tapas stalls, culinary demonstrations, inevitably including some on the process of making sobrasada. And there is traditional folk dancing along with a range of other entertainments.
Feria de octubre de Campos, 24-26 Oct
The Feria de octubre de Campos – October Fair of Campos – 2019 will be held on the 24th, 25th and 26th of October. Campos is in the southern central part of Mallorca, a charming and lively little town and the agricultural hub of the surrounding countryside. The 24th is the main fair day and on the 26th there will be a fair market. Throughout there will be “the best local food thanks to the celebration of Matancer Gastronomic Market , where you can taste fried, bread with sobrasada, black pudding, ensaimadas and much more”. There will also be music with the Vermouth Matancer Musical. So it sounds like it will be accompanied by plenty of liquid refreshment! On Saturday 26th, in addition to the market, there will also be a various workshops and a piano concert and tenors..
The fiera incorporates an age-old celebration of the sobrasada. A matancer, if you’re wondering, translates literally as “killer” … basically a butcher. You have been warned!
Feria de Otoño y del Vino, Concell, 18-20 Oct
Concell is a small town between Santa Maria and Binissalem. It is part of the Binissalem Denomination of Origin region, where viticulture was introduced by the Romans approximately 100 years BC. The native Mallorcan grapes give the wines a distinctive character. This is one of the more recently-introduced festivals, now in its 23rd year. It has successfully become one of the main events of the year in Concell. There is a mixture of local artisan and agricultural produce along with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and exhibitions. Also live music, children’s workshops, parades, bouncy castles and games.
On Saturday afternoon there will be a fashion show in Plaza Mayor, photography contest and Zumba fitness class. Moving on to later we have the traditional Correfocs … so, fire, music and dancing Dimonis – yay!
Sunday 20th is set to be another packed day with a horse show, the local batucada drummers and, at 6:00 pm, the final party which, we suspect, will be quite a late one 🙂
Fiestas to look out
for in Mallorca
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