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The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 9-11 June 2023


A delightful second weekend of June ahead with all kinds of events to get involved with on Gran Canaria. The Harvest Fair arrives on the south, in El Tablero, patron saints’ fiestas in honour of San Antonio of Padua and San Pedro are happening around the island, Corpus Christi salt carpets and processions are held this Sunday, markets and music festivals as well as sporting events. Hopefully the weather will sustain all these wonderful festivities and happenings in the glorious outdoors, on which so much depends on this little island.

Menas Case: Foundation Siglo XXI directors allegedly filed false invoices, unrealistic expenses and repeatedly drew funds from ATMs, meant for the care of migrant children, even charging botox facial treatments and posh restaurant bills to foundation debit cards

A comprehensive analysis conducted by Group I of the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) of the National Police yielded scandalous results, writes Spanish language daily Canarias7, regarding the alleged irregular use of the public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied minors, by the suspected to have been perpetrated by centres managed by the Foundation Social Response Siglo XXI on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. In this case, driven by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, investigators discovered that the director of the Guiniguada centre charged the NGO responsible for €1,500 worth of beauty treatments and €1,113 for bills at top restaurants including Vinófilos, El Vasco de Vegueta, and Triciclo.



Centre-Right Pact Between Regionalists (CC) And Resident Conservatives (PPAV) Returns Marco Aurelio Perez As Southern Mayor

The conservative Partido Popular-Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) and the right of centre regionalist Coalición Canaria (CC) have this Thursday signed a local government pact that will shape the future of the southern Gran Canaria tourism municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The alliance, dubbed a “Pact for Stability and Socioeconomic Progress of San Bartolomé Tirajana”, represents 60% of the votes cast in the municipality’s recent local elections, emphasised the  mayor-elect, Marco Aurelio Pérez (PP-AV), who returns for the third time to lead the local council responsible for some of the most important tourism areas on the island, including Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and San Agustín.



Local Government Coalition Agreement Maspalomas and the South of Gran Canaria

A governing coalition pact has been finalised in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The Popular Party–Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) conservative residents party is to join forces with regionalist centre-right Coalición Canaria (CC) to govern the main tourist municipality on Gran Canaria for the next four years. Marco Aurelio Pérez will serve as mayor for the entire four-year term, and the Popular Party will take charge of Employment, Sports, Roads and Infrastructure, and Human Resources, among other areas. The regionalists, led by Alejandro Marichal, will oversee Urban Planning, Economy and Finance, and Tourism as their main departments.



Storm Óscar Latest: Government of the Canary Islands Declares Rain Alert for Western Islands and Gran Canaria

A storm system, dubbed Óscar, has formed over the last few days over the mid-north Atlantic, unusual for this time of year, and has led to concern from meteorologists and journalists as it passes south of the Azores, its tail should reach The Canary Islands, before the system heads northeast towards mainland Spain.  Advisory warnings have been issued in expectation of heavy rainfall, primarily in the Western Isles of the Canary Islands Archipelago, though some rainfall is also expected to reach Gran Canaria over the next couple of days.  It seems unlikely that any major consequences will stem from the bad weather, however these things can be unpredictable and so every precaution is taken to ensure people are informed and kept safe.




Gran Canaria’s southern apricot harvest has been reduced by 70% due to calima and drought

The south of Gran Canaria is currently in the middle of the Tirajana apricot harvest. The municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana have predicted that the harvest will see a 70% reduction, having gone from 100,000 kilos last year to a forecast of 30,000 kilos of fruit for 2020, beingf of good quality.
The February calima, which caused significant damage to the flowering of the earliest apricot varieties, as well as a severe lack of rain that has been suffered over recent years, has led to a big fall in production this season, according to municipal technicians in the field.
Zones including Hoya Grande, Tunte, Fataga, Cercados de Araña, Manzanilla, among others, make the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana one with the highest production zones for apricots in the Canary Islands, which are mostly delivered to the Zona Alta Agricultural Cooperative in Tirajana, in the Villa de Tunte, with sales made through a public company, Gestión del Medio Rural de Canarias (GMR).
Tirajana apricots have been promoted for several years by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, through financial contributions, as well as by the Government of the Canary Islands and the Town Hall of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Apricots from the area are mainly marketed in boxes and crates with distinctive labeling.  This year they will be much rarer than usual.


Events : Almond Blossom Festivities in Valsequillo

Photo : @Love Gran Canaria
The beginning of the almond trees blossoming completely changes the landscape of Valsequillo creating a wonderful natural spectacle. To celebrate the beautiful picture of pink and white flowers in the municipality, since 1971, the Almond Tree blossom Route is held every year.
Although the flower of the almond tree typically arrives at the end of winter, as it prefers cold temperatures, the weather over recent weeks has accelerated the blossoms arrival and therefore, once more , Valsequillo celebrate these festivities on the last weekend of January.
Landscape, traditions and produce of the land are an essential part of this “Ruta Almendro en Flor”. On Sunday, on the “route” you will find almost two hundred small stalls distributed between the neighbourhoods of La barrera, Casco, Las Vegas and Tenteniguada, where one can enjoy roasted pork, beletén, sancocho canario, cheese, carnival tortillas and of course, almonds. As well as the agricultural market, taifa dances, native animals, threshing and even milking. A day in which the Racho de Ánimas de Valsequillo, one of the oldest Canarian cultural manifestations, will travel all the points of the Route to delight and sing attendees their songs.
On Saturday 25 January, The Almond Blossom festival in Tenteniguada, “Día de Turista” 10:30 – 15:00  
This well attended event in the tiny traditional mountain village above Valsequillo offers plenty to do and see including a traditional street market and traditional artisans, folkloric performances and Canarian music, tastings of various typical Canarian dishes and a range of indigenous games.

On Sunday, 26 January, the main fiesta day ; The Route of the Almond Blossom.
One of the most traditional celebrations in the Canary Islands throughout the rural municipality located in the east-north-eastern mountain sides of Gran Canaria, about 20 minutes drive up from Telde, or a half hour bus ride. The events usually run from 10:00-16:00 in the main town and many surrounding villages.
During the weekend Valsequillo quadruples its population on a route in with folkloric groups, craft and gastronomy stands . The route takes place simultaneously in the neighborhoods of La Barrera, El Casco, Las Vegas and Tenteniguada, where one can enjoy agricultural markets, tastings, taifa dance, folklore, performances and much more.

Travel by bus from Maspalomas 
The Global bus company will set up four expeditions on Saturday and another four on Sunday from Maspalomas Lighthouse to Tenteniguada. Also, from the Santa Catalina station there will be a special service to Valsequillo on Sunday 26, a day in which you can also reach the municipality from San Mateo.

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations at The Old Brogue

There are a number of great ways to celebrate Paddy’s day on the subtropical island of Gran Canaria, none more authentic an atmosphere than the full day of entertainment planned at The Old Brogue, down in Playa del Cura.
A fun fueled gathering featuring live music and homestyle Irish cooking is bound to be packed out once again to the sounds of some of the island’s very best musicians including A touch of Dutch from mighty crooner Erik, the delightful lilt of Donnie Cameron, that world famous Mercenary Fiddler Elsa McTaggart accompanied as ever by her twinkle eyed partner Gary and topped off by the extraordinary sound of Pepe & Zárate Blues.
If you’re looking to really experience the Craic get yourself down to The Old Brogue for a day to remember, where there will be giggles and jigs galore along with several special surprises on the day all hosted by the beauteous Lillian, golden haired queen of the Emerald Isle.
It’s bound to be busy so worth getting in touch with them through their facebook page if you want to book a table.

c.c. playa del cura, Mogán


Gran Canaria Me Gusta – Las Palmas Food Fair at INFECAR 9-11 March

The ‘Gran Canaria Me Gusta’ fair returns this weekend in the capital, with the aim of enhancing flavors of the island, “a festival of old-time, avant-garde sensations that returns full of new features” such as the presence of national and international chefs and the installation of a Canarian wrestling ring and planned exhibitions of traditional games.
Promoted by the Cabildo and organized at Infecar, the fair is to be held from Friday 9 to Sunday March 11 and brings together a world of exhibitions, tastings and the sale of agricultural produce, livestock and fisheries, including traditional crafts, culture, folklore, sports and of course tourism.
This latest edition increases in size by almost 20% to reach 9,000 square meters and will host an intense program (available at http://bit.ly/2oK9ylU ) with more than 100 exhibitors, among which are the municipalities of Agaete, Agüimes, Arucas, Firgas, Gáldar, Ingenio, La Aldea, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Mogán, Moya, Santa Brígida, Santa Lucía, Tejeda, Telde, Valleseco and Valsequillo.
Interesting activities are also planned for the outdoor areas where exhibitions of Canarian wrestling will take place and on Saturday at 17.30  an official fight corresponding to the Liga Gobierno de Canarias de Primera Categoría between the Star and the Union Gáldar.

The Fair is an important meeting point, which will be attended by more than 200 top professionals from the food and beverage departments of hotel establishments, catering, restaurants, distributors, supermarkets and supermarkets, introducing Gran Canaria products to include in their purchase decisions.
The primary sector (agriculture) will play an essential role in the initiative, with exhibition areas, tastings and commented tastings of produce from the island. Aiming to promote the benefits offered by produce of the land, gastronomic demonstrations with local chefs, cooking competition for students of schools and hospitality centres, will include demonstrations of various products as well as workshops for children.
“Gran Canaria I like” will have more than 14 gastronomic demonstrations from local chefs in the kitchen area of ​​Hall 7 and more than 30 commented tastings of local produce such as oil, cheese, wine, honey, mojo, beer and coffee. On Friday there will be children’s workshops for fruit art and pastries sponsored by Spar Gran Canaria.
Opening hours : Friday and Saturday 11.00-20.00 and on Sunday 11.00-17.00

Entrance fee : €2,50