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22nd Festival of Wine and Sausage

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For us, one of the highlights on the Valencian calendar is the yearly Wine Festival, celebrated in the Turia riverbed. The Mostra de Vins i Menjars offers cheap wines and food (for €10, you get 4 glasses of wine and 4 samples of sausage or cheese), in a wonderful location.

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Valencians show up to this festival in droves and, by around 9pm, everyone on the grounds will be buzzing, providing an exciting and boisterous atmosphere. It’s easy to fall into conversation with both vendors and other attendees; inhibitions are largely not present.

The festival, which began on Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday the 18th, features over 140 stands. We plan on visiting all of them… let’s see, 3 days, 140 glasses of wine. Doable.

Keep in mind that the closing time is early, at 10pm, probably to avoid drunken late-night rowdiness. If you’re in Valencia, we highly recommend this feria — go, sample some wines, and buy a couple bottles of your favorites.

Sausage Festival in Requena

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New Year’s Mascletà 2010

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Valencia doesn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve with a ton of fireworks or a large event of any sort, which is completely out of character for this otherwise gunpowder obsessed, partying city. But for a few minutes on New Year’s Day, enough noise is generated to make up for it.

The New Year’s Mascletà, held on the Paseo Alameda at 2pm, January 1st, is traditionally the year’s largest. We braved roaring winds (which were knocking trees down) to attend, this very short but very sweet mascletà. Only 3 minutes long, but man. The winds actually made it a lot more dramatic, as huge clouds of smoke came racing towards us during the insane conclusion.

Check out the cop at the end of the video… slackjawed (minute 1:34), even he can’t believe it!

More photos:

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