FESTES DEL OLI
As with all things which we are proud of, the best thing we can do is tell everyone about it. Every year, just a few short weeks into the olive oil harvest, many villages officially present their freshly pressed oil in public. The starting point is the Reus Olive Oil Trade Fair, the capital of the Siurana Protected Denomination of Origin Quality Assurance Mark. Most of the cooperatives and private producers take part. Visitors to the fair can taste the first oil of the season and, if they so wish can buy this fruity oil, fresh from the mill.
During the following weekends these fairs are everywhere. The city of Tarragona as well as many other villages celebrate this olive oil culture. They organise breakfasts with sardines, salted herrings or simply with bread and freshly pressed oil. Of course, wine is not forgotten as it is often made by the same producers in many cases.
This fair fulfils two functions: on the one hand, it helps the community and cooperative members to identify themselves with their product and on the other, it aims at promoting tourism as well as the product itself. It is here that the first sales of the year take place and the hard work of a whole year comes to fruition.
IMPORTANT FESTIVALS IN THE PRIORAT
Festival of the Omelette in its own sauce (Ulldemolins)
Priorat Wine Fair (Falset, Gratallops)
Festival of Rice and Rabbit (Cornudella de Montsant)
Old Fashioned Wine Harvest Festival (Poboleda)
La Badejada (Bellmunt del Priorat)