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Soller Valley Orange Festival VIII

A celebration of everything orange in Soller, its port and Fornalutx

Soller honours its most famous product with a whole festival over the coming fortnight. The 'Fira Taronja,' orange festival takes place from tomorrow 31st May until 15th June throughout the Soller valley.

Oranges were really big business in the area hundreds of years ago when it was almost cut off from the rest of Mallorca by the (then) impenetrable Tramuntana mountains, so instead traded with Catalonia and France across the sea. It's said that French King Louis XIV would eat no other oranges than those from Soller!

From tomorrow, 17 restaurants are taking part in the festival by devising special three course meals all centred around the orange in their ingredients. Costing only €23, the meals are available in some fabulous places and if you're not based in the area, the organisers have arranges a special train, tram and meal deal (ie transport from Palma to the port) for only €38!

Also used in confections like marmalade, OJ, liqueur and ice-cream, all available to buy in the area, orange products will also be on sale at the big shindig taking place in Soller's main square on Sunday 1st June.

From 11 am, you'll be able to taste and try delicious local produce, a whole range of orangey tapas on stalls set up by the restaurants, all accompanied by live music and, just when you thought life couldn't get any better, a Gin and Tonic competition from 9 pm.

Soller council have produced an informative PDF in Spanish, Catalan, English and German with all the details of the restaurants, menus, maps and quite a few pictures of oranges for those who may not know what they are. It's designed to be printed and folded so it's a bit awkward to read on screen, though if you have a double jointed neck you'll be just fine.

See you there?