Today I am going to tell you about an event that took place a few days ago and that allowed me to know a little more about the heritage and culture of the salt industry of this island that I love! Who said that in autumn there is nothing to do in Ibiza?
The II Salt Fair was a free activity, that submerged us and made us remember a tradition was the main source of the Ibizan economy until the 50s and that represents the first industry of the Pitiusas.
During 3 days different activities were organized: workshops, theater, exhibitions, Ibicencan gastronomy tastings,audiovisual projections, presentation of a book dedicated to the history of salt and a concert with poetry by Lina Tur in honor of Ses Salines. A program in which the children had a special role as they were part of the different workshops where they learned, among other tasks, how salt is collected manually.
One of the most outstanding activities of this Fair in 'L'Era de l'Antic Munt de Sal', was the lighting of a "fogueró". You are wondering what this is. It is a bonfire that was lighted and warned through its smoke, the workers ,of the villages that the collection began. A group of salt workers represented the extraction of salt manually in the Natural Park of Ses Salines d'Eivissa, one of the most amazing places in the Balearic Islands and a true paradise, protected since 2001. One of my favorite places in Ibiza!
Located in the natural park is the Interpretation Center, the old salinera of Ses Salines, re-converted into a contemporary art gallery. This was the selected place for the edition of the 18th century manuscript "Salinas de las islas de Yviza y Formentera", by the authors Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza, Miquel Frontera Serra and Antoni Tur Torres was presented. An enclave that also became the space for different projections that explained the history and tradition that revolves around the salt. Visits to the Torre de sa Sal Rossa were also organized, showing the protected old salt jetty, or the 'Pou des Carbó', an 18th-century well that supplied water to the railways that transported the salt from the ponds to the cargo area.
An enclave that also became the space for different projections that explained the history and tradition that revolves around the salt. Visits to the Torre de sa Sal Rossa were also organized, showing the protected old salt jetty, or the 'Pou des Carbó', an 18th-century well that supplied water to the railways that transported the salt from the ponds to the cargo area.
During the fair, I was able to learn about the different uses of salt like as a preservative of bones, olives and fish. I could even taste "ossos amb col", a traditional dish based on salted pork bones with cabbage. The folkloric group of Sant Jordi de ses Salines represented the traditional dance and the so-called "Salpassa" was staged too. This ritual was done by the parish priest, who blessed the houses leaving at the door: rosemary , water and salt for protection.
A fair that, in its second edition and after the success of the first, aims to recover the importance that salt has had and still has on the island of Ibiza. To inform about the history that surrounds this industry and that for centuries was one of the most important in the Mediterranean. Without a doubt, the fair has achieved it. See you in the next post!