A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Yunquera October fiesta

For friends/family who were worried about yesterday’s gloomy blog, don’t worry! It was just one of those days, but I am back to my old chipper self today! Thanks for the thoughts.

Since last Thursday, Yunquera has been frantically celebrating in true Andalucian style. This is the biggest fiesta of the year – the fiesta of Yunquera’s patron saint (Virgin del Rosario), one of the many saints whose history I can’t remember!

The fiesta is enjoyed by all, including us. Their are fairground rides, food stalls, 2 live bands every night, a king and queen of the festival, local foods and wines, outdoor bars, and numerous shows. And Kenton’s photo exhibition, of course!

Not many of the English join in. I don’t know why, as you always get a big welcome from the villagers. We went out for a bit of a stroll last night. We met Manuel for a beer, had some snacks and drinks at the various outdoor bars of our friends, then went to the town square to enjoy the live bands and have a beer at the church bar/stall. (the church always raises loads of money at their bar, as it is given the primo location in the town square!)

The bands are always pretty good. It must be a hard life – trawling from village to village during fiesta season, playing until 6 or 7 am every night. They manage to look enthusiastic, which continually amazes me!

Everyone dances. Even Kenton and I had a bit of a hoof round the dance floor. We must have put on quite a performance, because our friend Pepe said we “danced a different form of the pasa doble to the others”. I think that was a compliment, right?

Their is quite a rota time-wise in the age groups that you see. No one turns up until about 10, as they are having family dinners. From 10-11 you see kids running around the square until the music starts at 11 pm. Then from 11-2 you see children and married couples, plus the grannies. After 2? The teens and young couples turn up, and dance the night away, until they have had enough – usually about 7 in the morning!

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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