HUNDREDS of people filled the Placeta del Convent in Javea when the Intercultural Fair opened it’s doors to the public.
Designed to forge stronger ties between the various cultures living within the community, the fair was designed around a series of theme-inspired tents that offered free samplings of typical products from the various countries, as well as traditional activities.
The Arab tent offered tea, couscous, dried fruit and handicrafts such as dyed leather slippers, whilst the Latin corner featured arepas, empanadas, quesadillas and beverages such as
Not to be outdone, the local Javea section hosted an exhibition of traditional activities such as lace making (bolillo), basket weaving and lessons on how to sew fishing nets.
The tents were staffed by volunteers from the different countries and associations such as the Jubilados y Pensionistas Amanecer (Retirees and Pensioners) or the University of the Third Age (U3A), as well as the Fishermen’s Association.
Good food without music is not the Spanish way of life and this gap was bridged by colourful local dance group, Grup de Danses Portitxol and the Colombian team Macondo.
The event was organised by the local Red Cross in collaboration with the Department of Social Services, the event was officially opened by Mayor Jose Chulvi, alongside the President of the local Red Cross, José Luis Domenech.
By Benny Davis
Caption: LATIN CORNER: typical South American food was sold