Spring comes to the province of Malaga full of unique festivities where the undisputed protagonist is the gastronomy. So whet your appetite and come with us on this culinary route through the villages of the countryside taking advantage of the privileged climate of the Costa del Sol. Come and enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year!
From garden to the table
A good fennel stew, freshly squeezed juice and for dessert and a fried porridge (a dish made from wheat flour or barley). It is not an ordinary menu, but one of the most requested combinations during the Gastronomic Fair and Orange Day of Istan. In this event, which is celebrated on the 8th of April, old recipes are brought back and accompanied with “verdiales”, unique music genre of the province of Malaga with flamenco reminiscences.
Two weeks later comes the Countryside Fair in Benamargosa, an event to delve into the aromas of the Axarquia and its agricultural tradition. Do not miss the opportunity to browse the exhibitors of typical products or try the famous avocado milkshake called “batycate”.
If you want to complete the experience, less than 10 miles away, Periana awaits you. On the 23rd of April the Verdial Oil Day takes place, where you can taste the typical olive oil of this area, along with other traditional products. Do not leave without recharging your energy with a miller-style breakfast, which has as main ingredients olive oil, olives and toast, in addition to visiting the mills of the municipality.
Four appointments in one day
The spring schedule of gastronomic festivals in Malaga is so tight that you can find even four events in one day: the Mondeña Soup Day, a soup made with eggs, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and bread in Monda, the Black Pudding Day in Canillas de Aceituno, the Asparagus Day in Sierra de Yeguas and the Bean Day in Villanueva de la Concepcion. When? The 30th of April.
Tastings of local dishes and products, music, dancing and lots of fun are the ingredients of these festivities. Celebrations that also become the ideal pretext for approaching the deep-rooted customs and genuine charms of the Sierra de las Nieves, Antequera, Guadalteba and Axarquia regions.
Hunger for emotions
We know that eating is a pleasure, but to whet the cultural appetite, many of Malaga's culinary celebrations come accompanied by interesting proposals. This is the case of the Loquat Day in Sayalonga, which on May 7 will again be enlivened by musical performances, theater performances and exhibitions.
Something similar happens in Alhaurin el Grande during the Festival of the Cachorreña, another typical soup made with bread, water, paprika, salt and vinegar. A meeting of bobbin lace makers, a handicraft market and a classic car show will once again be the ideal complement to the gastronomic tastings offered by this town in the Valle de Guadalhorce on the 14th of May.
Without leaving the region, that same day, the Orange Fair is celebrated in Coin. The orange is a fruit very cultivated in Spain, especially in certain areas like this one. On the 28th of May the Snail Day takes place in Riogordo. In other words: an invitation to enjoy the “caracoles en caldillo” so typical of this town of the Axarquia.