Salt, spices, food, music, trips
It doesn't need me to tell patriotic Englanders that it's their patron Saint's day. St George's day, 23rd of April doesn't merit a day off work in England but here in Spain those of us living anywhere called Sant Jordi can put our feet up for the whole day.
Here in Mallorca the Colonia de Sant Jordi, a small town and resort with a pretty harbour, is celebrating its patron Saint's day (Jordi = Jorge = Gorka = George) with the usual parties and events associated with St George – books, roses, dragon slaying, maiden rescuing, that kind of thing.
However, due to its proximity to the Salinas salt pans where pure salt has been harvested from the sea for thousands of years using the same method introduced by the Phoenicians, who were absolutely bonkers for salt, they're also having a salt fair.
Doesn't sound too exciting in itself, does it? Well, let me tell you about some of the things happening this Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd of April around and about the town's Plaza Europa and it just might pique your interest.
First off is a guided tour of the Salinera, the salt works, whose other worldly landscape is filled with great iceberg-like mountains of salt which are valued as a food ingredient all over the world. Read more about how it is produced by clicking on this link.
The salt, spices and salted food market takes place on Saturday from 16:00 where you can buy some really cool presents and souvenirs; fine salt from Mallorca and around the world in grains, crystals, and flakes with a myriad different flavours as well as products like salted anchovies and cod, cosmetics and conserves.
Budding chefs might like to see how the experts use the local salt in the showcooking demos from the teams at the restaurants Sal de Coco and S’Arrosseria at 17:00, 18:15 and 19:30 followed by live music at 21:00.
On Sunday the market is on again from 10:00 to 18:00 with a concert at 13:00. All over the weekend, nine restaurants in the town have special menus, big and small, at lunch and dinner so you can sample some of the excellent food of the area on a trip over there.
While you're there, reserve and hour or two in your schedule to relax on nearby Es Trenc beach, a fairly unspoiled paradise of crystal clear seas and pristine sand.