You might not expect ingredients for the perfect Christmas party to include 2000 kilos of flour, 500 litres of olive oil and 3000 litres of sweet Moscatel wine, but that´s exactly what´s required to cater for the 40,000 guests who visit the annual Migas Festival in the village of Torrox.
Many towns and cities throughout the world have unique dishes that encompass their overall culture and tradition. Migas is a traditional Andalucían peasant dish often made from breadcrumbs, although in Torrox the migas are made with flour. Normally served as an accompaniment to a main dish, of fried fish for instance, migas comprises of fried bread crumbs liberally laced with garlic, and may also contain small pieces of chorizo, ham or peppers.
Each year, on the last Sunday before Christmas, (so, this coming Sunday – December 23rd 2012) this gastronomic festival which has been declared of “National Tourist Interest” by the Junta de Andalucía, will serve more than 40,000 visitors.
Whoever said “there is no such thing as a free lunch”, obviously had never visited Torrox pueblo!
From early in the morning, teams of cooks prepare the migas for free distribution to local residents and visitors to the festival. The ringing of a bell is the signal for everyone to come and collect their plate of migas, which is served with a glass of local wine and an “arriera” salad (made with oranges, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and olives) to accompany the meal.
There is plenty to do during a day at the Migas festival because as well as free food and drink there are many craft stalls, traders selling fine cheeses, chorizo, cakes, nuts and sweets, the opportunity to enjoy guided walks through the village, and street artists, as well as choirs and local dance groups, who all help to create a wonderful festive atmosphere.
Of course, in true Spanish tradition, this is just another excuse for a party, but on a warm, sunny December day, why would you not pursue that with some vigor?
(BTW – didn´t they do well getting Angeline Jolie to pose for last year´s poster? 😉
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What a party! The food looks delicious in your beautiful photos.
It’s always a great day out!
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Not heard of this one before, but I defo should put it in the calendar for this year along with my resolution to explore East of Malaga more!
This fiesta in Torrox pueblo is always the last Sunday before Christmas (whatever the date).
Hope you enjoy exploring, Joanna!
I need that cake now! How wonderful these fiestas are 🙂
The fig and almond cake looks delicious! The view is breathtaking, you are correct!
You know – that fig and almond cake WAS delicious 🙂
We love Migas and have enjoyed many happy wintery cooking sessions in the cocheras of friends making migas! thanks for such a great post 🙂
I enjoy Migas from time to time – which makes it all the more special when it’s a whole Fiesta of it!
That’s incredible! What a fun celebration. Love the photos. Yum!
Yes, it’s always a fun day out, Angelia 🙂
Love this post, and find it interesting that in Mexico there is a dish called Migas that are made with fried torn up bits of corn tortilla that can be mixed in with egg, or any cooked meat. We love to mix the tortilla with left over chicken and tomato.
Sounds pretty similar, Angeline …. hope you like it as much as we do!
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Marianne, I am wondering as I type this if you are in Torrox enjoying your migas! Spanish fiestas are the best parties and you can probably find one happening somewhere in Spain every single weekend. There seems to be no shortage of reasons to celebrate. Thanks for taking us along to this one!
Spaniards love to party, and celebrate everything in life – even fried breadcrumbs! What a wonderful philosophy.
I LOVE migas! We just had some. Too bad we just went to Torrox last week, so not very likely to get over there again. Oh well, just as well, as we hate getting up early and I also dislike crowds. But it sounds like so much fun.
It’s fun even though there are crowds – you should give it a try, Serena 🙂
Delicious post, Marianne. I would be there with my hand out too. 😀
It’s always a great day out 🙂
Sounds delicious! Those chorizos oh my God!
I’m always amazed when I look down the jamon (Spanish ham) and chorizo aisle in the supermarket. You wouldn’t believe there was a whole aisle for them, would you?
I their style… any excuse for a party 🙂
That looks like some party!
You would love it!
Now that must be some party to draw 40,000 people! And for bread crumbs, no less. It just goes to show, Marianne, that people will use any excuse to throw and attend a party. I must say, though, the food you mentioned does sound very good and that December sunshine is making me jealous! 🙂
When I first heard about the Migas Festival a few years ago, I laughed, and couldn’t really believe what it would all be about.
Andalucia has historically been a very poor area within Spain, and much of the traditional food is, what might be termed as, “peasant” food. The folks had to make-do with whatever ingredients they could grow or could get their hands on, readily. You might remember some time ago I posted a recipe “poor man’s potatoes” – well, that’s all about the same kind of thing. Making the most of the simple ingredients available.
You’re right though about it drawing so many people. The population of Torrox village (including the surrounding countryside) is only 12,000 – so to swell to 40,000 for this one day is quite something!
Great post and lovely pictures! I also notice the sausages and cheeses. Another great thing about the Spanish is that they organise a festival to eat one thing and end up eating a million other foods as well!
Thanks Simon. You’re right about the food though. There was the most enormous BBQ going on in the background as well. Quite a celebration 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.
Don’t the Spanish do street parties well? It looks wonderful – hope you can make it this year 🙂
They surely do!
I wont make it to this year’s celebration as we are in your home country right now 🙂 Having a wonderful time, too. As always!
Exactly what I love about Spain – the events truly are a fiesta!!! Look at the hordes of people. Something to. Love looking at and then the food share – extra to relish. What a real happy Christmas celebration you imparted us. Thanks for the share!
I love the way everyone gets together in this way – and even though we are not Spanish, they welcome us as friends 🙂
It looks so much fun and delicious! What a great way to celebrate!
It’s a real village get-together!
Not related to Mijas in any way? Who wouldn’t swop snow for a sunny celebration! Have a good Christmas, Marianne.
No, not related, Jo.
Thanks and have a wonderful Christmas yourself 🙂
So, basically, this whole thing about Mediterranean diet being healthy is a myth? :=) Sounds great! Enjoy!
I guess we have to have a relapse occasionally 😉
Have a great Christmas, Linda. xx
I love this…I would be there in a heartbeat if I could
Yes, you would, Jo – camera in hand 🙂
You know me too well.
Wow, that looks great. I love the Spanish attitude to parties – the more, the merrier! Those migas look pretty tasty, though the ones I tried from Mercadona were terrible.
Hahaha yes, the Mercadona version are pretty terrible!
You’d have a blast at this particular party, Jess.
NIce one ! Looks a lot of fun. My mother in law is an expert migas chef,being from Murcia where they are very popular!
It IS lots of fun!
I wonder if your MIL has been to this festival?
I can almost smell the food and hear the music! Good post.
There is always such a great atmosphere, too. I think being only a few days from Christmas always helps 🙂
Exciting and interesting post with very beautiful photos… 🙂
Thank you so much 🙂
This looks wonderful. I’d be there in a heartbeat if I wasn’t about 9,000 miles away.
It’s always such a wonderful day, Jennifer.
Maybe one day …..
What a celebration. When my husband traveled to Spain many many years ago, he attended this celebration. It is good to know the tradition continues …
OH did he really? How wonderful!
I love how these old traditions carry on here, year after year. Who would have thought so many people would want to celebrate fried breadcrumbs?!
I understand it tastes fabulous.