Colour­ful week­end of Spanish flavour

McIvor Times - - RABBIT STEW -

HEATH­COTE’S streets will be once again ablaze with colour, mu­sic and danc­ing as the an­nual El Ro­cio Spanish Fes­ti­val rolls into town.

The event will kick off on Fri­day morn­ing and run all week­end with a mix of re­li­gious and tra­di­tional Spanish cel­e­bra­tions.

Each day a pil­grim­age walk splashes Spanish cul­ture onto Heath­cote’s streets with Spanish horses, tra­di­tional clothes, carts dec­o­rated with flow­ers and fla­menco danc­ing.

Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Teresa Martinez said she fell in love with Heath­cote when she first came here and is pleased to come back for the sixth time.

‘‘It is a nice place and the walk­ing we do is lovely,’’ she said.

‘‘The fes­ti­val is for every­one and if peo­ple want to join us on the walk that would be fan­tas­tic.

‘‘It will give them an idea of what we are do­ing.’’

Fri­day will be­gin with a tra­di­tional Spanish mass be­fore the first pil­grim­age be­gins.

Din­ner on Fri­day and Satur­day and lunch on Sun­day will be at the RSL and Ms Martinez urges every­one to book be­fore hand.

‘‘It would be good if peo­ple could call be­fore hand for din­ner as we are do­ing all the cook­ing and we need to know how many,’’ she said.

Ms Martinez also en­cour­ages any­one with horses to bring them down and get them in­volved in the pil­grim­age each day.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from the Heath­cote Vis­i­tor Cen­tre or by call­ing 9763 9327.

The El Ro­cio Spanish Fes­ti­val re­turns to Heath­cote on Fri­day.

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