by Staff Reporter

PALMA
THERE will be fairs and festivities across the island today, ranging from Binissalem's wine festival to a food fair in Cala Rajada and a second hand fair in Maria de la Salut.

Today is the last day of Binissalem's wine fair, and events include the wine fair which is held in the playground of the Escola Graduada from 10am.
However, the main events of the day will take place in the church square, and will be attended by the local authorities. They include grape treading on the church steps at 11.30am, with the resulting most being offered to the town's patron, the Virgen de Robines.

There will also be a competition to find the biggest bunch of grapes, and the town's two giants, Jaume and Aina, will dance. This will be followed by Majorcan dancing.

The free wine starts to flow at 5pm, and there will be snacks such as coca (pastry with a vegetable topping) on sale.
There will be a children's party in the church square at 6pm, with more Majorcan dancing at 7.30pm. And anyone wishing to visit the festival does not have to worry about drunk driving -- Binissalem is easily reached on the Inca-Palma train.

For foodies, the place to be is Cala Rajada, where the annual llampuga or dolphin fish fair will be held. This is a must for foodies, as more than 1'800 kilos of the seasonal fish will be cooked in 22 different ways and can be sampled for a small charge. The food is prepared by the fishermen's guild, two pensioners associations, five hotels and eight restaurants.

As an added attraction, local shops have set up stalls so people can go shopping, too. The llampuga fair opens at 12 noon.
Maria de la Salut will be holding its annual second hand fair in the town centre from 9am. As parking is always a problem when such events are held in small towns, the council has set up a parking area by the soccer pitch.

There will be more bargains in Muro, which will be repeating the fair that proved to be so popular last weekend. Articles include footwear, clothing, costume jewellery and household goods, all of them from last season, so that the shops can clear their shelves for the new season's goods. It is open in the morning only, from 9am.

Llucmajor will be holding a craft fair from 10am to 10pm, in the Paseo de Jaume III. In the afternoon, lacemakers can be seen from 4 to 8pm, and there will also be pipers and Majorcan dancers from 7pm.

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