San Isidro Fiesta 2017


The annual festival in honour or the patron saint of Periana, St Isidro, will take place on the 12th to 15th May. As usual it will have plenty of entertainment for all ages and feature some well known Spanish musical performers. The village will be very much alive during the days and nights of the festival with plenty to see and do. Typically the villagers come out en masse late at night accompanied by their children (who normally sleep during the day.) Highly recommended to those with strong constitutions!

The official programme of events is as follows.

THURSDAY, MAY 11

18.00 Hours: Celebration of the festival Saint, with “besapies” (kissing of the feet) and the offering of floral tributes to San Isidro Labrador. Villagers are asked to contribute floral gifts with red and white carnations. These are used to decorate the throne of the patron saint.

20.00 Hours: Departure from the children’s throne of San Isidro to the town fountain. You are all invited to bring along and play musical instruments.

FRIDAY, MAY 12

20:00 Hours: Parade of the Municipal Music Band of Periana, announcing the beginning of the Fiestas.

21:00 Hours: Traditional Proclamation of the Festivities of San Isidro Labrador by Francisco Ramón Larrubia.
00:00 Hours: Fireworks and firing of rockets at the crossing of the Paseo Bellavista.
00:30 Hours: Coronation of the Miss and the Mister of the Festival of San Isidro 2017, in the Municipal House.

01:00 Hours: Opening of the Municipal House with the Melodies Orchestra.

02:00 Hours: Performance of the Quartet La Perdición.

03:30 Hours: We will continue with the Melodies Orchestra as long as the body holds out.

SATURDAY, MAY 13

11:30 Hours: Children’s party in the San Isidro Labrador School with our monitors Sonia and Sandra. Playground.
Election of the Children’s King and Queen of the fiesta of San Isidro 2017.

13:30 Hours: Beer tasting offered by Paco Zorrilla.
Tasting of sausages offered by butcher Pepe and María Dolores.

Endowed by the Panda of Verdiales San Isidro de Periana and the Choir Path of Olivares de Periana.

There will be a wine tasting by courtesy of Spectacles Rosa.

16:00 Hours: 7-a-side female soccer tournament on the municipal soccer field.

18:00 Hours: Ribbons Race on the Bellavista Promenade.

23:30 Hours: Opening of the Town House quartet La Perdición.

01:30 Hours: Support group to be nnounced.

02:30 Hours: The Orchestra of Melodies continues until the wee hours of the morning.

SUNDAY, MAY 14

13:30 Hours: Opening of the Day Fair in the Town House with a performance by the Abraham Ortiz group.

Beer tasting offered by Paco Zorrilla.
Sausagetasting offered by Rafael and Mónica.

18:00 Hours: Fiesta in Honour of the third age with a dance performance by Laura Maria.

Snacks offered to all grandparents of Periana and their villages.

Election of the Grandfather and Grandmother of the Celebrations of San Isidro 2017.

22:30 Hours: Opening of the Town House with the Quartet of Perdition.

00:30 Hours: Performance of the Mesmer “Anian Berto”.

01:30 Hours: We will continue to dance until the body gives in, with the Quartet of Perdition.

MONDAY, MAY 15

11:00 Hours: Solemn Mass in honour of our patron Saint Isidro Labrador, officiated by our parish priest Eduardo Romero.

Election of Mayors 2018

Mass enlivened by the rociero choir “Camino de Olivares” and Periana Municipal Music Band

13:00 Hours: Transfer to the Fountain Square of Santa Maria de la Cabeza, accompanied by the Mayordomos 2018.

Tasting offered by the Mayordomos 2017 in Plaza de la Fuente.

16.30 Hours: Departure of the procession of San Isidro Labrador accompanied by the Band of Municipal Music of Periana and Band of horns and drums La Estrella

23:30 Hours: Opening of the Municipal booth by the quartet “La Perdición”

03:00 Hours: Closure of San Isidro Labrador accompanied by fireworks

 

Goes Down like a Bomb!

Might not look explosive but it certainly packs a punch!

Might not look particularly explosive but it certainly packs a punch!

At Restaurante Cantueso we are always seeking to offer you new or different Spanish delacacies either “para picar” or on the a la carte menu. This summer is no exception.

Potato Bombs (Patas de Bomba) is the latest and as we are already getting favourable feedback and questions about the dish’s origins we thought we might explain. It is currently the signature dish in many of Barcelona’s tapas bars and was created by an enterprising bar owner (Maria Pla) in the late 1920s. It turns the humble croquette into a bomb shaped potato ball which, whilst maybe not too explosive, has a deliciously piquante filling.

During the ’20s and ’30s before the civil war had begun there were many anarchists operating throughout Catalonia, particularly in Barcelona, where they had copied the techniques of the Italian underground movement to wreak havoc against the nationalist authorities. During this period, because of these anarchists, Barcelona became known as la rosa del fuego, the rose of fire. And the weapon of choice in this urban warfare was a steel ball, filled with explosives, and having a string fuse. This became the inspiration for Maria Pla and her culinary creation found immediate acclaim. No doubt when George Orwell sat writing his famous works on the bloody wars surrounding him in Barcelona he would have also been familiar with this less damaging bomb. Not only is it now a reminder of those troubled times but also a credit to the gastronomic resilience of Catalonia’s tapas culture.

We hope you will come and try this latest dish and maybe some of our other new additions.