The popular neighborhood of La Florida, in La Orotava, has recovered this year with the total normality of its traditional festival celebrations In honor of San Antonio Abad and the Virgen de la Esperanza.These festivals, which have been held for more than five decades, have gained great popularity and have even become festivals of tourist interest in the Canary Islands.
Thus, one of the main acts, which receives thousands of people, residents and visitors every year, is the great stew, one of the most important gastronomic events in the Canary Islands. It is estimated that this Saturday, January 28, around 5,000 people will taste the stew. The day before, COPE Canarias saw firsthand how around 150 residents worked hard on the preparations, such as washing vegetables, peeling potatoes, cutting and chopping the rest of the ingredients, etc.
The president of the party commission, Toya Hernández, has celebrated that the puchero returns to normal after two years of pandemic, in which it had to be delivered personally to homes in La Florida.
About 70 large stainless steel kadais weighing over 125 kg are required to prepare this exquisite dish. The ingredients exceed 4,000 kilos and are of the traditional recipe, but in larger quantities. Among other things, it contained more than 600 cabbages, 75 kg of pineapples, 700 potatoes and 60 kg of sweet potatoes, more than 1,300 kg of pumpkins, more than 1,000 kg of onions, 90 chickpeas, 70 beans and the same amount of carrots, about 1,000 kg of bacon and ribs, 60 kg leeks, 25 garlic, 100 onions, 45 parsley, 75 bubango and 250 kg gofio. Local produce is grown by the neighbors themselves. The stew is cooked over low heat with dried broomsticks from Teide National Park and takes at least two hours.
On this day there will be animation of Magec, Tresquinto and Relieve groups. For its part, TITSA will reinforce the bus service on January 28 and 29, to make it easier to visit this great event and pilgrimage without having to worry about queuing or parking.