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Mushroom fair in Mancor de la Vall

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Mushroom fair in Mancor de la Vall
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Every year during the fourth or last weekend in November, the small town of Mancor de la Vall holds the "Fira de l'esclata-sang i de la Muntanya". The fair, organised jointly since 2003 by the association Arrels de la Vall and the Town Council, aims to show and preserve traditional mountain activities of this municipality situated at the foot of the mountain Puig de Massanella, between the areas of the Serra de Tramuntana and Es Raiguer. Agriculture, animal farming and hunting, and particularly the production of oil and charcoal, were until a few years ago the basis of the economy for Mancor de la Vall. Due to its proximity to Inca, the town also has a long tradition of shoe making that has been maintained until now.

The fair begins on Friday afternoon with children's activities followed by a Fire Night by Arrels de la Vall and several musical performances. On Saturday the Giants of the village come out, the Handicraft show begins and, amongst other activities, there are performances by xeremiers, tamboriners and flabiolers and a gathering of "glosadors". In the evening the day's events end with a popular concert.

On Sunday, the fair opens with the exhibition and demonstration of traditional arts related to hunting, field tasks, life in the mountain, the production of shoes and Mallorcan embroidery. Traditional music and dancing are also present, but the main attraction of the fair is the area for the exhibition and tasting of the prized Mallorcan mushrooms called Esclata-sangs (Lactarius Sanguifluus - Bleeding Milk Cap) which starts about mid-day in the bars and restaurants in Mancor. The walk round the fair includes a visit to the different exhibitions and to the old windmills Ca's Vallequet, Son Collell and Turixant.

 
Last update: 24/11/2009

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