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Porto Cristo seafood fest XVI

Glorious, economically priced seafood for all

The lovely port town and resort of Porto Cristo owes a lot to the sea. It provides a rich bounty of fish and seafood and of course is a tremendous attraction for tourists to the area. Its reliance on the sea is celebrated next week when the town honours its Patron Saint, the Virgen del Carmen, who is also the Patron Saint of seafaring men, on July 16th.

Of course, this is Spain, so we spend more than a day celebrating our saints and the good news is that on Monday, 11th July, Porto Cristo's 16th annual seafood festival gets underway at 20:00 on the town's seafront promenade. Tourist bosses there see the festival as a way to show off their facilities and the wonderful gastronomy, both food and wine, available in the local restaurants.

The restaurants participating will all have little stalls where they'll be selling some luxury seafood concoctions at low, low prices. If you're interested in going, there is no admission fee, and all you have to do is purchase food vouchers as you enter which will get you a portion of seafood for only €2.50!

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If that's not enough reason to go, here's a selection of who's cooking what which just may whet your appetite;

El Patio – fish and shellfish curry with basmati rice

Soma – crab spring rolls with lettuce, spearmint and soy sauce

Can Toni – monkfish and prawn cannelloni

Can Salvador – monkfish and shellfish paella

Vora Mar – prawn and mushroom risotto

Sa Cantina – white fish with tomato and onion Tramuntana style salad

If that wasn't enough, there are some delicious desserts planned as well as a selection of wines and cavas from local bodegas Miquel Gelabert, Pere Seda, Toni Gelabert and Son Vell! I can't think of anything nicer than spending an evening by the sea grazing on good seafood and excellent wines in a convivial, carefree atmosphere – and not break the bank doing it. See you there?