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Portocolom Octopus Festival III

Three days and a million ways to eat octopus

The say that you either love or hate Marmite and I guess its the same with octopus thanks to its portrayal in comic books as equivalent to eating elastic bands and films as a giant ship-destroying
creature from the deep.

I love it, and so do the good folk of Portocolom, the understated 'resort' straddling a giant bay on Mallorca's east coast. They now welcome in the summer with a festival dedicated to the little
mollusc which seems to grow every year.

Octofest III now involves 35 bars, restaurants and new for this year, bakeries, selling a myriad of dishes, small, medium and large with octopus as the main ingredient. You can try it with a whole
series of delicious accompaniments including, almonds, beetroot, turnip, capers, potatoes and walnuts, or have it on pizza, tortellini, quiche and mousse. Even better some dishes have it cooked in
spicy pil-pil, beer or brandy. Prices span the range from very little to not very much and for that reason, I'm in!

The dates for your diary are this weekend, Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June and just to make things even more fun, there's a whole programme of live music, DJs and entertainment on throughout the

All the details are on online with maps, prices, dishes and venues.

Fancy it? Me too and I thought about hiring a villa, a few minutes drive from Portocolom so I could relax in peace and quiet post octopus. Here it is, "http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/finca-alou.en-gb.html?aid=319293">Finca Alou, with stunning views, lots of room for 10 people, and available for a week from Saturday for €2499, which is err,
carry 1, leave the nought off, move the decimal point, less than €250 per person!

Now, all I need is 9 friends.