ONE OF THE REGIONS' quirkier events takes place tomorrow. Head a little further northward to the beachfront town of Torre La Mata, and be part of the International Day of the Pig fiesta.
The modern traditional annual celebration, now in its twentieth year, will see locals and visitors flocking to the beach in Torrevieja to enjoy a midday meal.
The party attracts people from across the Torrevieja and Vega Baja regions in addition to resident locals and visitors from colder climes in Northern Europe, who visit Torre La Mata on the special day in their thousands.
Partygoers attending this gastronomic celebration typically bring their own tables, chairs, barbecues, and supplementary food and drink, spilling from the picturesque plaza onto La Mata's resplendent golden sandy beach.
Completely free of charge, the event organisers provide more than 500 kgs of exceptional quality pork produce, 150 kgs of fresh bread, freshly harvested celery, and 150 litres of locally produced La Mata wine – a pale-straw hued fine white wine made from the grapes of Merseguera vines.
Pork meat including fine ham will be distributed as part of the meal, and pork chops will be cooked on portable barbecues in front of the “Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Rosario” church.
International Day of the Pig: Torre La Mata´s lunchtime fiesta
At the end of the celebrations, the organisers hold a ham raffle to raise funds for the next meal – due to be held in January 2021!
The public party is free to attend and requires no booking or registration, but participants are urged to arrive on time to collect their food. Local shops and café bars will be open to provide additional refreshments.
This International Day of the Pig fiesta takes place tomorrow, Sunday 26th January 2020 from 12:00 midday, at Plaza de Encarnación Puchol in La Mata, Torrevieja. Click here for a Google Map with directions to this event from your location.
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