THE HISTORIC centre of Finestrat will play host to the Mercat Gastronomic i Tradicional celebrations this weekend Saturday April 22 – Sunday April 23.
Organised by the City Council of Finestrat in collaboration with Associacio de Dones and local company Ibero, the programme was presented earlier this week by the Mayor of Markets – Amelia Mayor, the President of Associacio de Dones – Gemma Llinares and craftsman and local businessman – Vicente Atienza.
From Carrer Fonteta through to Carrer Forn Baix, the streets will be lined with more than 50 stalls offering natural products from Navarra, Baleares, Madrid, Andalusia, Catalonia and the Valencian Community itself, among other regions.
Among all the assortment there will be cheeses from Mahin, Mallorcan Sobrasadas, Vic sausages, craft beers and demonstrations of old trades.
‘Visitors will be able to watch live ‘turron a la piedra’ demonstrations. There will also be workshops for esparto, forge, brass, a wood turner, crafting of paper and the display of an old loom, amongst many others.’ explained Vicente Atienza.
Visitors won’t go home hungry as the Placa del Poble will transform into a display of gastronomic delicacies. On Saturday, local chefs will demonstrate how to cook the typical paella of Finestrat – with chicken and chickpeas and on Sunday, the traditional ‘arros ambs fessols i naps’.
Musical parades and theatrical performances for all the family will keep everyone entertained. On Saturday morning, Pep Gimeno Botifarra will present his Romanes de Cec through the streets of the town, followed by Dani Miquel, a popular Valencian children’s entertainer, adapting traditional songs and fusing together with rock, ska and samba.
Free parking will be available throughout the town and the Tourist Information Office on the Placa del Poble will be open all weekend 9.00am – 3.00pm and 4.00pm – 8.00pm.
Amelia Mayor invites all the people of Finestrat and beyond to ‘come and discover the charm of our historic centre’ and take advantage of the last days of the Easter holidays.
The full programme of events can be found online the Finestrat municipal website and has also been distributed amongst Finestrat neighbours.