São Martinho festival and race circuit.

São Martinho festival and race circuit.

Church of São Martinho in Funchal

The local festival is taking place this weekend in São Martinho, where there will be lots of the usual stalls selling the usual offerings. This should hopefully include Bacalhau de São Martinho which was featured on the blog when the event was held two years ago. The generously spiced fish is normally served with chestnuts and potatoes, and is quite different to the more commonly seen Bacalhau à Bras and Bacalhau com Natas popular with tourists.
Around one tenth of Madeira’s population live in parish – the photo above of the Igreja de São Martinho is from Pico dos Barcelos. There will also be an open winery, where people can taste the first pressing of the new wine which is generally associated with the event. Facebook page here.
Integrated in the festival is the twenty-first edition of the São Martinho Circuit, an series of races across different age groups organised by the local Cultural Association, Sports and Recreation Centre and by the Athletics Association of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

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