Following on from Orange county… oh and lemons!, we @ Cabo de Gata Photography have another citrus offering, this time “Día de la Naranja” or Day of the Orange if you prefer. This little festival was held today in the village of Gádor, one of the many pueblos along the Río Andarax valley known for its orange cultivation and gateway to the Sierra de Gádor.
The pueblo of Gádor is a busy bustling town nestled in the heart of the orange growing industry and today the pretty pueblo celebrated the fruit, its biggest industry, by hosting a number of events and activities.
The central square or plaza was decorated with a stage and several stalls selling and exhibiting foods, crafts and drinks, many in homage to the humble orange. There was the biggest “Zumex” machine I’ve ever seen expressing as much orange juice as you could manage via a mock “fuente”, I actually lost count of the number of delicious glasses I had!
The day was punctuated by various activities one of them being a cooking competition with some very inventive uses of the orange… I tried to be a judge in this as everything looked delicious, muy sabrosa, but as soon as it was announced, from nowhere came a myriad of volunteer judges jostling for the forms and I got booted to the back! I had to settle for a teenie-weenie, lovely little cake which I got told off for “helping myself” to, it was worth it though 🙂
One of the areas major manufacturers of orange juice, Don Simon had a prominent presence in the plaza. Theirs was one of many stalls giving away orange juice which although nice, was not as nice as the juice from the fuente, sorry guys. Some of their staff had dressed for the occasion in what I believe must be traditional clothing of the Sierra de Gádor, though I can’t say for certain.
Apart from the cooking competition, there were a number of dance performances; two sets of folk dancing by Francisco Ruiz and Begoña Almansa, one of which opened the official ceremony. Rounding up the proceedings (you know, speeches, presentations and all that jazz) was a superb and blinding performance of flamenco dancing by the students of the Municipal School of Dance, directed by Maria Rabota.
Throughout the day, the orange juice flowed like… well, erm, juice(?)
The official part of the day was brought to a close by a marching band, Charanga la Cuadrilla. Shortly following this, a number of stalls were freely giving away boxes of oranges and orange juice to anyone who wanted them… opiates for the masses 🙂
…and finally, most people left with at least a large box of oranges.
In addition to the photographs above, I’ve included the gallery below of some of my favourite shots of the day, it is after-all what we are here for!