Mallorca shows early promise of spring with the arrival of the beautiful almond blossom that covers the countryside. When spring arrives on the island, it also offers some interesting foodie events, of which these are just some.
Nautical & Cuttlefish Fair (Fira Nàutica de la Sípia) – Alcúdia
This fair combines boats and boaty things with gastronomy – which revolves around cuttlefish. You may be surprised at the variety of dishes offered by local restaurants who set up stall to offer dishes at this event. April – three-day-event usually in the first half of the month.
Street Food Festival – Port Adriano
Vintage-style food trucks park themselves in the southwest superyacht marina of Port Adriano for this three-day festival, which has become a popular fixture in the port. Vegetarian and healthy dishes are the main focus, but there’s plenty of choice for all. April – three-day-event usually in the middle of the month.
Salt and Spice Fair (Fira de la Sal i les Espècies ) – Colònia de Sant Jordi
Salt and spices are the stars of this event over a weekend in the south of Mallorca. Colònia de Sant Jordi is close to the salt pans of Mallorca, where the gourmet’s favourite salt – Flor de Sal – is harvested by hand. April – three-day event usually middle of the month
Wine & Cheese Fair (Fira del Vi i el Formatge) – Estellencs
Love cheese? Wine? These two things make a perfect marriage and are the focus of this fair in the village of Estellencs. We have not yet been to this one … maybe this year? May 1st
Wine Fair (Fira del Vi) – Pollença
This annual wine fair on Mallorca is one of our favourite events. Apart from the interesting location in the town’s Santo Domingo cloister and the ambience, it’s the perfect opportunity to try a wide variety of the wines produced on Mallorca. A discount is given on the price of wines purchased during the fair. April 21st & 22nd, 2018
Snail Fair of Sant Jordi (Fira del Caragol de Sant Jordi) – Sant Jordi
If I thought you’d be interested, I’d tell you about my snail-eating experience in the south of Spain – but it’s really not for the squeamish. Safe to say, this is a fair we’re never likely to go to, but snails do play a part in the traditional Mallorcan diet and they’re plentiful (and free) after rainfall, as well as being commercially farmed on the island. Sant Jordi – very close to Palma’s airport – celebrates the humble snail at this annual traditional fair.
As a footnote, having once said I’d never eat snails again – I had them three times during 2016 and loved the way they were used in dishes at Bou restaurant in Sa Coma and Dins Santi Taura in Lloseta. Presented with a menu card, I would never have chosen snails, but they were served at both restaurants as part of a surprise tasting menu – and were delicious! But these are both remarkable restaurants… May
Potato Fair (Fira de la Patata) – Sa Pobla
Many of the new potatoes that appear on dinner plates in the UK were grown on the island of Mallorca, around the fertile agricultural area of Sa Pobla. It’s no surprise then that the town should play host to a weekend fair dedicated to the potato. The large town square is filled with stalls selling a variety of dishes made potatoes. Early June
Bread-and-Oil Fair (Fira del Pa amb Oli) – Montuïri
The first edition of the bread-and-oil fair took place in 2016 so this is a relatively new but popular fair. Expect variations on the theme of the bread and oil dishes that are a staple of Mallorcan cuisine. Early June
Herb Fair (Fira de ses Herbes) – Selva
The small square in front of Selva’s church is filled with stalls selling a variety of products made from herbs. Selva is also home to the excellent restaurant Miceli. Mid-June
Text and images ©Jan Edwards 2017