[Note: this post dated mid-April]. This weekend it’s the 19th annual Hecho en la Alpujarra (Made in La Alpujarra) festival. It celebrates the customs, products and crafts of the area. So, if you happen to be in town why not pop down and take a look? Much of the festival is near the Rio Chico/sports centre.
There will be lots to see including 50 stands heaped with local produce – wines, hams, bread and other food (including organic produce) – as well as crafts like ceramics, jewellery and leather. More than 20,000 people are expected to enjoy the festival over the four days.
You can also enjoy a series of workshops showing pottery, rug-making and weaving skills. There are tastings of yummy produce including honey, wine and organic products from producers belonging to the Asociación Alpujarra Agroecológica. And yes, you can learn how to make gazpacho!
There are guided tours of Órgiva’s fabulous buildings like the church, the 16th century Ermita de San Sebastian and the ‘Don Quixote library’ as we call it.
On Friday there are performances at 1pm and 5pm by the troubadours of La Alpujarra Association and La Contraviesa.
One thing that caught our eye was a (free) 11km walk on Friday morning which takes in Bayacas and the newly-marked route (Ruta de los Olivos Centenarios) to the Rio Guadelfeo. For this, be at Plaza Alpujarra at 9.30am. The walk ends back in central Órgiva about noon.
We’ll be there, trying to understand the tour guides and…er….tasting the odd wine.
Finally, we have to share the 15-second promo film for the festival. It features Órgiva’s mayoress – Angeles Blanco – and the man-who-smokes-60-a-day. But talk about an opportunity wasted…
© con jamón spain