Foodies visiting Mallorca during October can look forward to a few interesting events during the month.
Cala Rajada – Fira de la Llampuga
The common dolphin fish (no, not a dolphin!) is also known as the lightning fish, as it comes to local waters at this time of year – when Mallorca can suffer a few thunderstorms. Known locally as llampuga, it’s a meaty fish that the Mallorcans tend to cook traditionally with red peppers. Many of these fish are brought into the fishing port of Cala Rajada, so it’s fitting that the Fira de la Llampuga should take place here, where you can taste other lightning fish dishes.
Manacor – Vermutejant – every Saturday morning
On Saturday mornings in Mallorca’s ‘city of pearls’ the fresh produce market is home to the Vermutejant. Between 11am and 1pm, chefs from top local restaurants are here offering affordable tapas, created with produce from the market. There’s vermouth and live music, so it’s all quite jolly. The popular Vermutejant was held here earlier in the year (before the holiday season) and began again on October 1st.
Port Adriano – Street Food Festival
Love street food? Vintage food trucks? Don’t miss this festival in Port Adriano, the southwest Mallorca superyacht marina designed by Philippe Starck. They expect 15 vintage food trucks to be serving a wide variety of food in Port Adriano’s central plaza.
Palma – Gran Fiesta del Marisco
A taste of Galicia’s finest comes to Palma with this gastronomic event which tours cities in Spain each year. An enormous marquee houses this celebration of seafood from the north of Spain, to which the fish and shellfish are transported in ‘swimming pool’ trucks for freshness. You choose what you want from a menu, pay for the dishes, and then go collect them and eat at communal tables.
Palma – TaPalma
TaPalma is a popular autumn tapas trail event around Mallorca’s capital. The 2016 TaPalma had around 50 establishments already signed up to take part – more than double the number of the previous year.
TaPalma offers a number of routes around the city – and a helpful map/guide ensures you won’t miss any participating establishments in the area you’re visiting. Every establishment usually offers two special tapas – one of which is based on the Quely-branded tapa biscuit (made in Inca). Creativity is inspired by the possibility of winning one of the prizes on offer for those judged the best. Prices are accessible and there’s a great atmosphere as you wander from place to place trying a new tapa and a well-priced drink.
One of the new routes is Mercado de San Juan. It’ll definitely be on our TaPalma radar …
Campos – Noches de Art – Fridays and Saturdays
Set in countryside just outside Campos, Es Revellar Art Resort is an extraordinary hotel on a 600-year-old estate. It’s home to an enormous collection of art, both indoors and in its lovely gardens. On two evenings a week the resort hosts Noches de Arte – an event open to the public and comprising welcome drink, a dinner made from fresh locally sourced fish, and a guided tour of the art (check with the hotel which tours are in English, if you don’t understand Spanish). There isn’t another night like it on Mallorca …
Felanitx – Fira del Pebre Bord
Mallorca’s native red pepper – which was recovered from near extinction by Slow Food Illes Baleares – the pebre bord is traditionally used in the making of the island’s famous sobrasada, giving it flavour and a vibrant colour. Felanitx is one of the areas where these small peppers are grown and holds this autumn fair in its honour this month.
As they say on Mallorca when food is about to be eaten, ¡Bon Profit!
Text and images ©Jan Edwards 2016