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Celebrate Dia de Canarias

Wednesday May 30, 2012

Celebrate Dia de Canarias

It´s Dia de Canarias today – the annual celebration that marks the date on which Lanzarote and the Canaries first gained autonomy from Spain. And there´s plenty of events taking place across the island, whilst many locals enjoy a day off. If you´d like to celebrate in style then head for the Monumento Al Campesino in Mozaga. Where the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism have devised a new menu featuring traditional dishes from the Canaries.

In addition to this gastronomic event, there will also be a variety of folklore music groups playing at the Monumento throughout the day. The menu on offer at the restaurant covers three courses and will cost €14.95 per person. The first course will feature a sweet morcilla or blood sausage served with coriander and local goats’ cheese. The main course consists of a sancocho made with cherne and sweet potatoes, gofio or ground maize flour and the traditional red and green mojos that are usually served with papasarrugadas.

For dessert there is a choice of a mini bienmesabe tartlet, bienmesabe being made with gofio and honey or little sweet pastries, known as torrijas, served with honey. Drinks are not included in the price of the meal. The lunch sitting will be available between 12.00 and 16.30 in the cavernous underground restaurant at the Monumento, where there is space on stage for the numerous folklore groups to perform throughout the afternoon.

Other activities organized to take place in the museum space above the restaurant include donkey rides, painting workshops and singing between 10.00 and 12.00. To reserve a table, the telephone number is 928 520 136.

The festivities at the Monumento al Campesino also form part of the Gastronomic Days being celebrated until 3rd June, with a selection of tapas dishes available to sample at the Castillo de San José restaurant, which is home to the Museum of International Contemporary Art. Several chefs from leading hotels and restaurants, such as Fernando Nuñez from the restaurant ´La Graciosa´ at the Gran Melia Hotel in Costa Teguise will be preparing the bitesize morsels for visitors to sample.

Elsewhere around the island there will be events taking place in lots of other locations to celebrate Dia de Canarias. For example, Calle Limones, the main shopping street in Playa Blanca, hosts a whole raft of themed activities from 10.00, including demonstrations of Lucha Canaria (traditional Canarian wrestling) and Juego de Palo – which is a local form of martial arts based on fighting with long sticks or poles.



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