Traditional rural event with an added gastro-route
For many years now the lovely town of Arta, surrounded by rich agricultural and grazing land, has held a country/rural/agricultural fair on the second Sunday in September. This year, next Sunday 11th September is the big day when the town centre is filled with everything relating to the countryside and its traditional crafts and practices; farm animals galore, crafts, agricultural machinery and produce,and a myriad other things with a strong possibility of pig snuggling (photo)
Interesting in itself, but to add a little spice to the event, this year sees episode 1 of 'la Ruta Gastronomica del Me I l'Ametla,' a lamb and almond gastro route! From the 9th to the 11th twenty eateries in the town will be cooking up some fine dishes featuring, you've guessed it, lamb and almonds, two products from the fields around Arta.
We tend to think of the lamb/almond combination as a staple of North African, Middle Eastern cuisine, but they are just as much so here in Mallorca, where the two products abound together as much as fish and chips, bubble and squeak, or chalk and cheese – well,maybe not that last one.
I've holidayed in Arta, and it quickly became one of my favourite places to visit, or better still, spend a few days in Mallorca; the scenery is beautiful, there are some great bars, restaurants and hotels, and it's the gateway to a small area of the island with great beaches, golf courses and historic monuments and remains.
If you are over in one of the resorts near Arta – Cala Millor, Cala Bona, Canyamel, or Cala Ratjada for example – pop round to Arta for a sample of a traditional way of life and cooking during the fair.