Friday, January 24, 2020

Feeding the five-thousand at the La Florida Festival 2020 honouring San Antonio Abad

Gran Puchero in La Florida (Photo La Orotaval Town Hall)

The district of La Florida, in La Orotava, is getting ready to honour San Antonio Abad (St Anthony the Abbot) and Ntra. Sra. la Virgen de la Esperanza (Our Lady of Hope) in a traditional romería this weekend on Sunday, 26 January 2020, joined by large numbers of locals and pilgrims from all over the island. This year, the festival includes a wide range of recreational, cultural, religious, culinary and sporting activities, including the traditional Cattle Fair, celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the Gran Puchero (stew) cookout, one of the biggest culinary events in the Canary Islands. La Florida Festival offers a great opportunity to get acquainted with some of the finest local traditions.

The Gran Puchero is being cooked, using hundreds of kilos of ingredients, on Saturday, 25 January, when events are expected to begin at around 2 pm in the afternoon. The cookout involves the entire neighborhood, gathering about 5,000 people.

Video: Puchero de La Florida 2019 Bien de Interés Turístico de Canarias

Also this weekend, on Sunday, 26 January, are Romerías in honour of San Antonio Abad in Buenavista del Norte (includes the Livestock Fair), in Güímar and in La Matanza.
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