[2014 post] Not only is it Constitution Day in Spain on Saturday 6 December and the Dia de la Inmaculada Concepción on the 8th, Órgiva hosts its own tapas festival over four days. Head to Plaza Alpujarra (the big square on the way to the weekly market) and you’ll be greeted by the huge marquee which gets dusted down several times a year for events like this.
We once went to a colossal tapas fair in Málaga’s bullring – our first proper taste of ‘posh tapa’ – so it will be interesting to see what’s served up in our neck of the woods – hopefully, some immaculate concoctions.
The festival’s inauguration is at 8pm on Friday with a tasting of the best sausages from the area and then, from 11pm, a local DJ wakes up after three months of sleep and keeps everybody awake all night. It’s billed as dancing ‘until you drop’ – let’s hope it’s not from food poisoning. The local sausages ARE amazing, especially if washed down with a glass of local red wine.
The festival properly kicks off at 12.30pm Saturday with music and, bizarrely (unless we’ve got this wrong) a joke-telling competition with prizes. Perhaps we’ll get up there and tell our favourite joke: ‘What’s eight-foot long and smells of….‘ OK, another time (but it would definitely win the first prize of €50 and some meat).
From Sunday lunchtime – and this is something Órgiva does brilliantly – activities are centred around children with a bouncy castle, music and traditional dancing from pupils from the local school. There’s a display of vintage tools and instruments in the old town hall plus a guided walk starting at 10.30am.
Things wrap up on Monday at 3pm when the town is invited to savour a portion of paella. It’s entirely possible that the statue of Mary from the church is also paraded around town.
It’s always fun to be here in Órgiva during fiestas – so well done to the organisers.
(Some shops and supermarkets will close at certain times during the puente but Alpujarra supermarket, for example, is open on Friday.)
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