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Wine Festivals on the Island of La Palma

The Grape Harvest Festival

Date: The second half of August.
Place: Town of Los Canarios. Borough of Fuencaliente de La Palma.
Description: Festivities include a parade of floats, each of which sets out from one of the towns and villages that comprise the borough. These floats are adorned with objects related to the grape harvest and they recreate grape-picking scenes. Typical local produce is distributed, along with wine, of course, from the La Palma Denomination of Origin, from the most representative wineries of the borough.

Throughout the Grape Harvest Festival, we can see the Wine Fountain next to the Town Hall in action.

Fiesta del Borracho (Fiesta of the Drunk)

Date: It is held the last week in August.
Place: Village of Lodero in Villa de Mazo.
Description: This is a fiesta that is held as part of the festivities in honour of Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores, in the Church of the same name in this town. In the festivities, a figure playing the drunk mounted on a “pipa” (cask) dances to the music while setting off fireworks and rockets that explode all around while the dancing goes on all around.

Fiesta of San Martín.

Date: The eve of 11th November
Place: Varies. It is held in a different borough of the island each year.
Description: A family fiesta that is held in private wineries, on the day that the new wine was traditionally first brought to market each year. This fiesta is held in practically every winery of the island. Since 1996, The La Palma Denomination of Origin Regulating Council has recovered and institutionalised the fiesta, and organises a conference on Vines and Wine for wine growers and wine makers. It is held in a different borough every year. The Conference closes with a typical local meal and a tasting session of the Denomination of Origin wines.

FIVIPAL, La Palma Wine Fair.

Date: A fair held annually in December.
Plaza de España in Los Llanos de Aridane.
The Regulating Council of the Vinos de La Palma Denomination of Origin organises the La Palma Wine Festival “FIVIPAL” every year, where they present and promote the wines of the island and offer a range of different activities, including:

• Wine tasting workshops and courses.
• Presentation of wines and tasting sessions
• Painting activities with wine.
• Combinations of wines and cheeses from La Palma.
• Tasting sessions for honey, Fuencaliente sea salt, etc.
• Talks
• Sale of products from La Palma
Image Gallery of Fivipal 2012 Image Gallery of Fivipal 2010

Island Fairs

Vinos La Palma usually maintain a presence in the main trade fairs held on the island of La Palma, Island Handicraft Fair, organised by the La Palma Cabildo (Council); Rambling Fair, San Antonio del Monte Festival, Los Llanos de Aridane County Fair, etc.

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