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Mallorca Food Festivals Part 2

Great gastronomy at Portocolom and Montuiri

Continuing our culinary quest to visit five foodie fiestas in one weekend we're over on the east coast at Portocolom's annual homage to the octopus. This delicious little creature forms the whole basis of the cuisine on offer from 35 eateries spread all around the enormous bay of this fishing village turned holiday resort.

Held to herald the begining of summer, this is now the 5th edition of the fiesta and like previous years features a whole range of dishes; big, small, cheap, expensive, at a whole range of eateries, bars, bakeries, pizzerias, and restaurants all giving their own version of tasty eight-legged recipes.

It takes place over the entire weekend from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th with the food available at various times of the day and live music and entertainment every evening. Take a look at the schedule from the council here.

Over in the picturesque little town of Montuiri which seems to rise shimmering in the heat haze over the richly fertile fields of golden corn on Mallorca's central plain they're having a festival dedicated to olive oil. One of the island's most popular mid-morning dishes, Pa Amb Oli, bread and oil, has been a healthy, nutritious staple of country folk for years.

montuiri pa amb oli

On Saturday 4th June from 20:00 onwards, the little town's Plaza Mayor will have stalls representing around a dozen or so restaurants and bars from Montuiri aided and abetted by some rather good cured meat providers, who'll be serving up a cornucopia of oil based dishes with lashings of wine and beer available at popular prices.

With live music and entertainment on throughout the night, it should be great fun in the very pleasant surroundings of the old square.