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Last night my wife and I went to a charity wine festival at El Masroig, in aid of children’s Cancer Research.  We parked the car outside the Celler and walked to the square, on the way passing people leaving with their special bottles of wine and smiles on their faces. So with my wife in charge of the camera leaving me free to wander around the square, we went to join them.

The town square is not overly large but if it was a heart it would be gigantic.   El Masroig Celler and several of their friends in the DO Monsant got together, blended some of their wines and produced a special bottle of wine which was sold for 10€ in aid of the charity. They then teamed up with  Social Work with St John of God and organized this first Wine Charity event  in order to raise funds for the Oncology Service Center to enable them to research new treatments for children suffering from cancer.

The church was not to be left out, when we arrived there was a choral presentation about to begin and the seats set out were filled.

The wine was, I thought, a smooth red with a good body, in fact I am trying to get two more bottles I thought it was so good, and a charity in aid of Cancer Research I support. So here is our evening hope you enjoy.

As with other wine fairs, you could buy a glass for 10€ which enabled you to taste some of the wines on display, and at least three smiling young ladies took advantage of that.  The streets around were dressed with tubs of yellow brush with sticks of flowers decorating the side of doorways.  In one street a row of tables were set out, with several bars having seats in the street. These are some of the wines that were on offer:

We took a wander round the town. On peering into  a courtyard gate, we spied a restaurant which looked calm and secluded with subdued lighting and a come and eat atmosphere.

This surely is the way to present a charity event.  Although we were late I am so glad we made the event.  Well done to everyone who took part, it was a pleasant end to a good day.

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Our daughter is over for a holiday and last night we took her to Rasqueria for their Correfoc. We have never been to Rasqueria’s before and the experience was well worth the effort. 

When we arrived people were milling around the plaza to one side of which there were five dragons soon to be paraded round the little village accompanied by their groups who carried lit torches of fireworks. The dragons themselves had more fireworks attached which were lit and made them look fierce. The groups were formed up then the parade began, each group well covered to prevent burns, danced their way round following their dragon who breathed fire stopping every so often to have its fireworks replaced then off it would go again.

Following was fun and squeals could be heard everywhere. Well protected youngsters were dancing with the firework carrying followers, shirts and hats dampened to protect against stray sparks, looks of sheer delight on their faces with more squeals as the dragons passed by. Accompanying these groups were drummers who were protected from the fray so we walked along with the drummers watching the dancing dragons with their followers in front while keeping a close watch on the group behind us.

But this was a well run fiesta. Each group had a `Captain’ who  made sure there was enough distance between the groups and no one got too close to do any damage.

We went up and down streets laughing at the younger generation being daring and having fun. However, on the last leg the wind began blowing the smoke, which was heavy, down the hill towards us causing my wife to start coughing. Taking to the side of the street which was sheltered, we passed the final display coming back to the square where it had started from to find a fresh breeze blowing. After a glass of cola she managed to stop coughing and my daughter and I watched the drummers as they had a contest at the end of the display.

This is a traditional fiesta, used to drive the devil from the village, they must have succeeded, if not we all had a whale of a time trying. This is one we will be visiting again, taking a smoke mask and who knows I might even dance under the fireworks. 

We did not take a camera but for pictures if you go to Ebro Apartments you will see the photos that Dena Rowland’s took which as always will be spectacular. At this moment I am sitting writing in my outdoors office overlooking the forest accompanied by the noise of cicadas  its Sunday.

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