Black Scabbard Fish Festival
This weekend sees the Black Scabbard Fish Festival, held in the picturesque fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. The festival, organised by the local council for the last 25 years, aims to showcase the culinary potential of the Espada Preto, and, at the same time, highlight the traditional fishing activity of Câmara de Lobos – and of course visitors will have the opportunity to taste other local specialties, notably the local Poncha à pescador!
The event combines cuisine and entertainment in a festival filled with show cooking demonstrations, and dance performances. There will be music and the usual food and drink stalls.
Feast of the Assumption
There will be many festivities taking place in Madeira and Porto Santo next Tuesday, August 15, the day on which the Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of Our Lady.
One of popular places where there will be celebrations is at the chapel of São Pedro, in Lamaceiros, Porto Moniz, where various ceremonies will celebrate the occasion on Monday and Tuesday. Prior to that there will be the usual festival celebrations over the weekend. There is also a festival culminating in a solemn mass at the Church in Monte on Tuesday to celebrate Nossa Senhora do Monte.
A young man aged 25 died in the early hours of yesterday after jumping off the João Gomes Bridge on the Rapida. This seems to be a location that is regularly selected by those that are that way inclined. For a small population Madeira does seem to have a lot of suicides.
The Diario reported that small fires were brought under control by fire-fighters in both Encumeada (stunningly photographed below without any fire) and Tabua yesterday. Hopefully this is not repeated on any more serious scale this year – yesterday was the anniversary of the outbreak of the fires that last year caused huge damage and fatalities around Funchal.
Very high UV risk
IPMA, the Portuguese Met Office, have issued a “very high” UV risk warning for Madeira today. The Port Authority of Funchal have cancelled the strong wind warning that was in place yesterday.