Markets, crafts, food, music and more
For a glimpse of country life how it was and how it is, Andratx (the inland town not the holiday resort) is the place to be this weekend. It's the 34th annual spring fair which brings together the townsfolk and visitors who get to see how important country arts, crafts and skills were to the town in the past and now.
For two days, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April, the town centre will be buzzing with markets, exhibitions, competitions, live music, and best of all, lots and lots of economically priced food!
Let's take a look in a little more detail at what's on the agenda;
Saturday kicks off at 16:00 when the craft market opens and the exhibitions of horsemanship and related competitions start. At 21:00 a batucada heralds the start of the 11th tapa route and at 22:00 there are a couple of bands playing live.
On Sunday a second hand market starts at 09:00 and the craft market at 10:00. There'll be a display of birds and farm animals, machinery and vehicles, as well as an exhibition of classic riders, which I assume means motorbikes. All morning there will be special entertainment for kids whilst we adults can concentrate on more horsemanship, folk dancing, and the one I've been waiting for all year; the chainsaw competition at 12:00 followed by the 7th gastro show at 13:30 – just in time for lunch!
So here's what the food is all about;
The tapas route consists of 28 bars from the town all set up in stalls in the Plaza Espana serving up a wide variety of tapas and drinks at low, low prices. If this wasn't enough, another 14 bars will be offering even more food and drink in their own establishments.
The food fair takes place in the Paseo de son Mas and features 24 eateries supplying portions of fab food and drink all afternoon.
If you understand Spanish or Catalan, there's a PDF to download with all the times, menus and maps. If you don't, just do what I do, point, pay and eat!