Beer, food, beer, music, beer.
The Spanish are almost jingoistically proud of their own traditions but are quite happy to absorb celebrations from other countries and cultures into their own when a bit of partying is involved. Welcomed to Spain with gusto over the last few years have been Halloween, Black Friday, the Coca Cola version of Christmas, and now, all the way from Bavaria, Oktoberfest!
Starting today for a couple of weeks, Palma lives this typically Teutonic festival of beer, food and music, in the city's Pueblo Español tourist attraction. Originally held in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810, the beer fest has since become an annual October tradition.
Here in Palma, we've been imbibing good German lager every October for several years now in various venues and this year it's the turn of the Pueblo Español to host the event. From today 28th September until 14th October from Thursday to Sunday, the main hall of the 'Spanish Village' becomes an enormous bierkeller.
With serried ranks of benches, long tables, giant steins of Paulaner beer and pork knuckles and weisswurst aplenty and live entertainment from schlager house band Eva and the Hurricanes, you could forgiven for thinking that you were in Bavaria!
It's completely free to get in, you just pay for what you eat and drink. Take a look at the opening times on the official website for the Oktoberfest and if you get there before me I'll have an enormous tankard half full of beer and topped up with froth please!