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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Police intervene in the auction for carnival kiosks in Santa Cruz

Temporary food stall selling street food at carnival in Puerto de la Cruz

Local police in Santa Cruz de Tenerife had to intervene in the auction for carnival kiosk pitches that took place yesterday, due to tension and clashes between some of the businessmen.

The fiesta organisers decided to eject and exclude one of them from bidding for altercation, despite them having already won two pitches (one for potatoes and one for turron), because he became aggressive towards one of the other bidders for those same pitches.

It has been years since there has been an auction as tense and competitive as that celebrated yesterday in the Salón de Actos de Cajasiete, where the interests of various businesses in obtaining the most profitable pitches, by their location, was more than demonstrated.

In the end, the fiestas authority managed to auction off 41 of the 62 pitches, raising €161,000, which is an increase of close to €12,700 on last year. Twenty-one pitches did not sell, one less than in 2017.

In total, 64 temporary carnival kiosks, selling various articles, food and drink, will be installed around Santa Cruz; the 41 auctioned yesterday, plus 23 that the fiestas organisation have reserved for commercial agreements with big brands.

In some cases the pitch prices have tripled, as occurred with a mobile hot dog vendor in Calle de La Marina, where the starting price was €729 and €2,479 was paid following bids by several businesses interested in this pitch. The same happened with a potato vendor in the Calle Valentín Sanz, where the starting price was €729 and €2,042 was eventually paid. Also highlighted is the case of a large food stall in the Plaza de la Candelaria where almost €30,000 was paid, while the starting price was €17,584. For some years no interest was shown in these large food stalls, as they are the most expensive. On this occasion, they have auctioned two of them.

The areas of carnival where the most kiosks will be located, that is to say those in which the auction bidders showed most interest, are in the Calle Valentín Sanz, Plaza del Chicharro, Plaza del Príncipe, Villalba Hervás, Plaza de España and Méndez Núñez, where two new spots - food trucks - have been created, for which €4,269 and €5,473 were paid.

The areas that have not attracted bidders are the Calle La Marina and the Avenidas Marítima and Anaga, where this year staging is being erected for the various performances.

This year for the first time, businesses had to register before being able to participate in the auction, which was attended by more than one hundred people. Some left with their hands in their pockets, angry, while others celebrated that they had obtained the pitches they wanted.

The kiosk pitches that were finally auctioned will be open to the public during carnival, from the 9th to 18th February. There will be all manner including; churros, large food stalls, beer stalls, hot dog and hamburger vendors, fancy dress articles and baked potatoes.

La Policía de Santa Cruz interviene en la subasta de los quioscos del Carnaval por enfrentamientos entre empresarios

First phase of the junior murgas contest in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Whilst I've always said that the murga groups are an acquired taste (and their political satire is perhaps one of the hardest concepts to grasp if Spanish is not your first language), they are a very popular part of carnival in Tenerife, both for participation and to watch.

So popular in fact that the contests, which essentially decide the running order of the various components of the parades, for the murga groups are split into six heats - three junior and three adult - plus the final. This year, the first of those, the 1st phase of the junior murga contests takes place today, Thursday, 18th January 2018. This heat takes place from 7pm at the The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses.

Here's a coverage of last year's equivalent event so you can see what it's about.

1ª Fase Murgas Infantiles S/C Tenerife 2017

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Santiago del Teide Almond Blossom 2018

The annual Ruta de Almendros en Flor (Almond Flower Route) in Santiago del Teide gains more popularity every year and this year, the town hall has announced that this year’s event will be a much bigger affair than usual. Details of the programme of walks and other events taking place between Friday 26 January - Saturday 17 February 2018 can be found (in both Spanish and English) at this post on the town hall's facebook page where you will also find details on how to register. As ever, there is a nominal €5 fee and places are limited.

More information via: Santiago del Teide Almond Blossom Route

Video: Almendros en flor - 2017
A selection of photos of the almond trees in flower emerging from among the volcanoes, in the town of Santiago del Teide, in Tenerife. Here, the almond trees compete for a place among the fig trees, tuneras and pennyroyal, wearing their best white or pink finery, and spreading their aromatic perfume for the beautiful natural setting of the Tenerife island. January 2017

Traditional Fiestas in San Juan de la Rambla

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, San Juan de la Rambla

The fiestas with the most historical tradition in the municipality are those celebrated in honour of the saints San Juan Bautista and San José, patrons of the two parishes in the district. The calendar of fiestas includes the following events:

Vírgen de Candelaria in La Vera: 2 February.
Día de la Cruz: 3 May.
San Pancracio in Los Canarios, San José: 12 May.
San Felipe Neri in La Vera: First week of June.
San Juan Bautista: 24 June.
La Cruz y San Pedro in Las Aguas: 2nd weekend of July.
Vírgen del Carmen: 16 July
Santa Rosalía in Las Rosas: First weekend in September.
San José: Second weekend of September
Romería en Honor a San José: 3rd weekend of September.
San Rafael: 29 September
El Rosario in La Rambla and San José: 7 October.
Cristo de la Villa: 2nd week of October.
Los Santitos in San Juan and Pan por Dios in San José: 1 November
San Andrés: 30 November

Photo By Paweł Szubert (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Carnival of Oz, Dorada Beer ad for Santa Cruz Carnival 2018

More fun from the annual Dorada beer ad for Santa Cruz Carnival this year, which nods to the theme of Fantasy, with their version of the Carnaval de Osss (Carnival of Oz).

The Compañía Cervecera de Canarias (CCC), founded in 1939 when it started to make a beer that is today called Dorada, are major sponsors of carnival in the city.

Anuncio Dorada carnaval 2018, Carnaval de osss

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Official Santa Cruz Carnival Song 2018

Another tradition of Santa Cruz carnival is the official carnival song. This year, that honour goes to this track entitled "Carnavalera, carnavalero" by Foncho (ADOLFO MARTÍN), who is considered to be one of the most internationally known of Canarian artists.

Carnavalera, carnavalero | Canción oficial del Carnaval | Televisión Canaria 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Inauguration of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018

Coverage of the inauguration of this year's 'Carnaval de La Fantasía', along with the presentation of the various candidates for the carnival queens that took place on Friday.

Inauguración Carnaval S/C Tenerife | 2018

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Inauguration of Carnival 2018 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Saida Prieto in 2013

Friday, 12 January 2018 sees the Inauguration of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife with a gala that presents all of the candidates for the carnival queens. Last year a total of 47 aspiring carnival royalty registered to take part in the various contests; 16 for the adult carnival queen, 20 for the junior and 11 for the senior - 13 more than the previous year.

As was announced back in November,

"The big news for Carnaval 2018 is that Saida Prieto, the carnival queen candidate horrendously burnt when her fantasia (carnival dress) caught fire back in 2013, will try again to be Carnival Queen. She will be representing the newspaper Diario de Avisos, and says that she hopes to recover her dream as well as she has recovered her health. I imagine that she will carry the goodwill and hopes of the whole of Tenerife with her, and I can’t imagine what it would take for this enormously brave woman now not to be Reina of Carnaval 2018!"

Inauguración Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A sneak peek at the scenery for Santa Cruz Carnival 2018

The theme of carnival in Santa Cruz in 2018 is La Fantasía (Fantasy) and here is the presentation of the design for the scenery which will form the backdrop for all of this year's carnival contests, including the Gala for the Selection of the Carnaval Queen.

Presentación del Escenario de La Fantasía del Carnaval 2018

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or recordings may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Traditional Fiestas in San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife

Semana Santa: March / April
Corpus Christi: June
Romería de San Benito Abad: Second Sunday of July
Los Corazones de Tejina: 24 August
Romería de Las Mercedes:
Virgen de los Remedios: 8 September
Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna: 14 September
La Librea: October in Valle de Guerra 

Photo: Alexander Baxevanis Some rights reserved

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