Sa Pobla potato nightfest
Normally when I write about the little town of Sa Pobla (population 12,000) it's about its annual Jazz festival which has brought some of the biggest names of the genre to Mallorca. However today its fame as the potato capital of Mallorca is the theme for another of its annual festivals.
It's situated on the rich agricultural plains heading up to Alcudia where fertile soil of the miles and miles of fields surrounding it produces three potato crops a year without the need for rotation. This incredible fecundity is known as the 'miracle of the land' by local folk and enables the town to export thousands and thousands of tons of spuds to Britain and Germany, making it Spain's biggest exporter of the tasty tubers!
Fortunately, there are still enough potatoes left to feed the thousands of people who turn up for the annual Potato Night Festival – held this year on the 1st and 2nd June in the town's main square from 19:30 until midnight on both days.
It's a time to eat, drink, listen to music, watch some showcooking and do a bit of shopping as the Plaza Mayor is filled with around 25 stalls manned by the local bars and restaurants of the town who will offer around 90 dishes with a spud-u-like theme featuring potatoes teamed up with fish, vegetables, meat and so on in delicious combinations at low, low prices!
Local wine producers will be on hand with some fine products and beer lovers will have a choice of craft beer from Cas Cerveser and other producers and there'll even be coffee too! Team this up with some live music on both evenings and it promises to be a good night out.
If you need more convincing, take a look at the variety of dishes available by clicking the link to the Potato Programme in English, German, and Spanish.