My intention for the last post in July was to give detailed information about the forthcoming Feria y Fiestas de Agosto. However trying to get advance tourist information in Jumilla is like trying to pull teeth – and isn’t helped by the fact that the Oficina de Turismo is closed until 2nd August!
There are colourful posters on display all around Jumilla, depicting the 40th Anniversary of the Fiesta de la Vendimia, the 30th Anniversary of the National Folklore Festival and the 25th Anniversary of the Moors and Christians, however there don’t appear to be any leaflets or booklets giving more specific details.
Research on the internet has given me a few key dates, but all I know about the Moros y Cristianos so far is that the Noche de las Antorchas will be at 21.00 on Saturday 6th August in the Castle - and the other main events will be taking place between 12th and 16th August.
National Folklore Festival
Music and dance groups from Badajoz, Almerís, León, Tenerife and A Coruña will be performing, as well as the Coros y Danzas de Jumilla.
Saturday 13 August
22.00 Inaugural session in the Jardín de la Glorieta.
Sunday 14 August
13.30 Music and dancing in the streets. The groups will perform in the different barrios of Jumilla.
18.30 Traditional games. Paseo Lorenzo Guardiola.
20.00 Sones de España – concert of traditional music. Julián Santos Auditorium
Monday 15 August
13.30 Music and dancing in the streets. The groups will perform again in the barrios of Jumilla, giving you the opportunity to watch a different group.
21.30 Procession of the participating groups from Plaza de Arriba to Jardín de la Glorieta, where the closing gala will take place at 22.00.
The complete programme, plus details about the participating groups, can be found on the FNF website.
Fiesta de la Vendimia
Friday 12 August
21.30 Inauguration of the Fountain of Wine (yes, wine will be flowing!), Jardín de la Glorieta
22.30 Inauguration of the D.O. Jumilla wine stand, Paseo Poeta Lorenzo Guardiola. This is where you go for your free samples!
Saturday 13 August
08.00 Gran Pitanza Fiesta del la Vendimia in the Plaza del Mercado. This is a new event, but I gather that it will be going on all day, allowing you to sample various local dishes.
12.00 Miniferia del Vino, Jardín del Rey Don Pedro. Sshhh! So far I haven’t found anything in print or on the web, but my sources have assured me that this popular event will be taking place on Saturday, and it usually starts at 12.00, so we will be heading there hopefully. It is a great opportunity to try 2 or 3 different wines and discover your favourites. (OK, we usually try a few more than that, but we don’t want to be seen favouring a particular bodega!) The usual format is to buy a glass for a few euros then go round the many stands sampling different wines.
Tuesday 16 August
20.30 Cabalgata Infantil. The children’s procession starts assembling in Plaza del Rollo at 20.00, then goes along the main streets of Jumilla, finishing behind the covered market.
Wednesday 17 August
Día del Niño The day for children of all ages to go along to the fairground, where they are offering 2 x 1 on all the rides.
21.00 Offering of the grapes and first grape juice to the Niño de las Uvas, Jardín de la Glorieta.
Thursday 18 August
11.00 – 13.30 Exhibition of all the floats taking part in the annual competition, Paseo Lorenzo Guardiola.
20.30 Cabalgata Tradicional This is the traditional procession, for those of us who prefer to sample wines rather than getting soaked in the stuff! Again it starts assembling in Plaza del Rollo at 20.00 and follows the same route as the children’s procession. We can definitely recommend this one, as all our friends have enjoyed it.
Saturday 20 August
19.00 Gran Cabalgata del Vino OK. If you insist on getting drenched in red wine (don’t wear your best clothes) then head to Avenida de Reyes Católicos and Avenida de Murcia where the procession starts assembling at 18.00, going along the main streets of Jumilla. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
For more details about all the events in the Fiesta de la Vendimia, check the Federation of Peñas website. Watch this space for further updates, as there will be 4 concerts taking place, but so far I don’t know the dates!