Orange festival

THE town and valley of Soller are famed for their oranges and lemons, so it is not surprising that they should dedicate a day to promoting them. Yesterday saw an orange and lemon fair, where visitors were offered freshly-squeezed juice and there was a competition for the best cakes using oranges and lemons for their main ingredients.

Snail fairs

THE annual snail fair is being held in Sant Jordi (in the municipality of Palma) today. The exhibitions, of farm tools and machinery and traditional costumes, will open at 10am and the Snail Fair will be officially opened by the authorities at 12 noon. There will be Majorcan dancing at 8pm and the fair will close at 9pm. Nearly two tons of snails will be consumed during the fair, which includes a competition for the best dishes. For those who do not like snails, often an ingredient in paellas, there will be other traditional fare such as panades or meat pies or sweet pastries such as robiols..

Prize for students

NINE students from the Berenguer d'Anoia school have won a 2'000 euro prize for promoting the use of Catalan in the 29th edition of the Baldiri Reixac prizes. They will travel to Espluga de Francolí in Catalonia on June 3 to receive the award from the leader of the Catalan government José Montilla. The students take part in a voluntary project at the school, where Catalan speakers help those who do not speak the language to integrate. The programme has been operating successfully for four years and one of the students in the prize-winning group said ”there are now more volunteers than newcomers, and some of those who have learned Catalan are now volunteers, too.” Major attraction

THE medieval market which opened on Friday is now one of the leading attractions of Capdepera, attracting thousands of visitors. Craftsmen give demonstrations and there is street entertainment set against the background of the castle. It will be open today from 10am until the afternoon. There will be a parade at 11am and street entertainment at 12 noon. The final events will be children's games at 6pm and a concert by Nou Romancer in the parish church at 9.15pm.

Country road cleaned

THE Camino Romà, also known as the Camino de Bànyols, which links Binissalem and Alaro, has been cleaned up by a group of 70 volunteers, organised by the environmental groups GOB and Gadma. The road dates from medieval times and it has been cleaned with the collaboration of the Binissalem and Alaro town councils. A spokesman for the organisers said “it is a matter of keeping the road clean, that people should know it is a public road and they can use it. It is also a way of claiming rural roads to be open to everyone.” Sculptures on show

AN exhibition of sculptures in stone and iron, the work of Pedro Flores, can be seen in the Plazas de Sant Joan and S'Abeurador. The exhibition, Self-portrait in Stone and Iron, can be seen until September. There are 18 works in all and the show is sponsored by the town council. Mayor Damia Ripoll said it was “a way of embellishing the town at a time of year when people spend more time outdoors, in streets, squares and terraces. Flores was born in Son Servera.


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