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Coín celebrates annual orange festival with local gastronomy

Helpers dish out orange and cod salad at the event.
Helpers dish out orange and cod salad at the event. / T. Bryant
  • The highlight of the festival on Sunday was the arrival of the traditional “soup” of potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, bread and garlic

More than 8,000 people enjoyed the twenty-first edition of the Fiesta de la Naranja in Coín last Sunday.

This popular festival, which was declared a festival of cultural interest by the Malaga provincial government in 2004, coincides with the harvest of the local oranges.

The festival serves to promote tourism in the town and focuses on local gastronomy, handmade pottery, ceramics and artisan products typical of Coín.

Visitors were invited to sample homemade dishes like the potato, cod and orange salad made by members of the brotherhood of the Virgen de la Fuensanta. There was also a multitude of cakes, sweets and drinks, all of which could be purchased in the street market in the main square.

The highlight of the festival was the arrival of the traditional “Sopa Hervía”, made with potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, bread and garlic.

This tasty dish, which was prepared by local chef, Felix Mesa, was once the staple diet of land workers and it is a reflection of the high quality produce grown in and around Coín.

The music was supplied by a ‘Tuna’ group from Malaga University, a minstrel-style choir whose members wear thirteenth century dress play traditional instruments and sing serenades.

There were several competitions, including the best homemade orange-based desserts and the best photograph on Coín’s social media profile. The winners honorary orange trophies were presented by Fernando Fernández, Mayor of Coín.

The mayor said, “This year has been a great success because we have so much to offer the visitor and this is why this has become an award winning festival.”