Friday, 29 April 2011

Feria of Sant Ponç 2011 in Barcelona

On the 10th and 11th of May, come try local specialties thanks to the Feria of Sant Ponç! This fair, which is one of the oldest fairs in Catalonia, is celebrated each spring in honor of San Ponç, the Herbs’ Patron come to heal the population facing misery and poverty, with potions of medicinal herbs.

Dating from the 16th century, this is a tradition where a large variety of herbs such as thyme, chamomile, rosemary and bay is presented in the streets.
But this celebration will also allow you to discover and taste the typical gastronomy of the region. Indeed, for the occasion, 93 stalls in total will be settled in Barcelona’s city according to the City Council, in order to offer you the opportunity to buy all kind of local and home-made products. These products include of course deli meats and cheeses, but also sweets such as honey, marmalades, chocolate, cakes and traditional confectionery.

And to follow the trend, some products coming from organic farming will also be available.

The stalls will be spread on 4 main districts, as following:
- Sants – Montjuïc: 10th and 11th of May, calle Blai.
- Ciutat Vella (City Center): 11th of May, from 9 am to 9 pm, calle Hospital.
- Sarriá San Gervasi: 11th of May, from 10 am to 8 pm, plaza Mañé i Flaquer y plaza Sarrià.
- Nou Barris: 11th of May, until 10 pm, at Via Júlia marquee.

Do you know it?
On this day of San Ponç, Catalonian people make their big spring cleaning. By cleaning their house from top to bottom and placing a bouquet of herbs under the bed, they hope in this way to drive away evil spirits.

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