Comparing Music Festivals

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As the generation that were responsible for starting music festivals in the early 1960s with events like the National Jazz and Blues Festival, the Monterey Pop Festival and probably the most famous of all Woodstock. I am often dumbfounded by the reaction of contemporaries when I mention upcoming events. More often than not, they turn up their noses and tut tut. What I don´t understand is why do they find today’s music festivals so very different to those we attended when we were young.

Back in our glory days, music festivals were regular events held in the summer, held outdoors, and attracted thousands of youngsters. The music played non-stop for hours on end and our parents hated it because they could only hear noise rather than a tune. Nevertheless the festivals were the highlight of our year because they attracted top performers.

Now take music festivals in Tenerife, the last one held towards the end of July was Sunblast and hot on its heels is the next.

The Arona Summer Festival each summer is an outdoor event of dance and electronic music for the young. It has become one of the most important and been confirmed as the best festival in the Canary Islands, with not only national, but international performers lining up to appear. So far no different to the 1960s

Looking at the bios for the Arona Festival on the main website there is an excellent list of artists this year including Nicky Romero from Holland and Rudimental from the UK in fact artist have travelled from all corners of Europe to entertain the crowds. As well as top DJ’s from all over Tenerife who will be joining the party and rocking the island.

Admittedly the music is different, our music sounds quite middle of the road, dare I say sedate by comparison. However, that doesn´t mean that what the young are listening to isn’t tuneful; we just have to listen a little more closely.

As one who is rapidly heading towards their threescore years and ten this is just a sample of what I like.

And while I don’t feel, act or think I particularly look ‘that old’ I have to concede I won´t be dancing from 6 pm until the early hours. I will though have my fingers crossed that the wind is in the right direction, and if so, I will be able to clearly hear all that is going on.
If you are younger than me (but only in years and on the outside) you might want the details. So here goes

Date: Friday 7 August
Location: Dominguez Afonso Stadium, Los Cristianos doors open at 6.00pm
Tickets: Buy HERE  but don´t hang around, they are selling out quickly.

Are the festivals really so different? I don´t think so. Enjoy

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PWA World Cup 2015 – El Medano, Tenerife

From the 3rd to 9th of August El Cabezo beach in El Medano will once again host the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) World Cup in the south of Tenerife.

The world’s best windsurfers will participate in this spectacular competition on different “waves” (males, females, and juniors) and onlookers will see some amazing and spectacular moments.

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The regular trade winds in the area are perfect for windsurf and kitesurf enthusiasts, making the resort one of the best in the world, and El Medano is a magnet for surfers. There are two windsurfing areas either side of its main beach. The most experienced windsurfers head to the North beach, while the South bay is more suited for intermediates and learners.

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The town will be swarming with people and the sea awash with windsurfers. If you think you’re a cool dude, you can’t miss this event!

Images from PWA offical website.
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Things to do in Tenerife in August 2015

August is probably the hottest month, when the weather for tourists is at its best and for locals is just too hot. Although having said that July has been a scorcher!  At this time of year, average temperatures range from 28°C through the day in the south with night time temperatures of approximately 19°C. And in the north 24°C through the day and 17°C at night. There are endless days of sunshine and not a drop of rain to be found anywhere.

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August Highlights

There are numerous Fiestas and Pilgrimages in August, below are just few you may enjoy. But one special one is only celebrated every five years.

“Fiestas Lustrales” last held in Garachico in 2010 it is a commemoration of the volcanic eruption which Garachico experienced in 1706 which caused major damage to the town and destroyed the old port, parish church, San Francisco convent and monastery of Santa Clara. On 1st and 2nd August, visitors will be able to enjoy a parade of floats and one of the most stunning firework displays of the Canary Islands, “los fuegos del risco” or “fires of the cliffs” that offer a chilling echo of the past.

Fiesta de La Caleta Celebrations in honour of Our Lady the Virgin of Carmen, offers many different activities but the highlight in the coastal area of ​​ town, is the maritime procession (When: 13th August Where: La Caleta)

The Virgin of Candelaria  is the patron saint of the Canary Islands. Many people make the journey from their houses to Candelaria on foot. This tradition takes place the night before the 15th and fills the roads with groups of pilgrims. Among the many events that take place, one that stands out is the re-enactment of the appearance of the first statue of the Virgin of Candelaria to the “guanches”. Some local people dressed as these aborigines act out the legend every year. (When: 14 and 15 August Where: Candelaria)

The Descent of Beeches – celebrates its patron Ntra. Sra. De la Esperanza when hundreds of locals in traditional costumes set off on a pilgrimage to the mountains in search of beech branches. Afterwards, they fill the streets where onlookers are invited to try the local farm products and a drink. (When 2nd Saturday Where: La Guancha)

Pilgrimage of Hope – Experience a traditional Canarian pilgrimage. Do not miss the music, folk dances and the carts decorated for the occasion, and share Canarian food and wine in a festive atmosphere. (When: August 2 Where: La Esperanza, El Rosary)

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Romeria de San Roque  this festival is in honour of the saint that locals prayed to during a plague in the 17th century. It includes a procession of carts pulled by animals. This a traditional event, the atmosphere is fun, there is plenty of food, and drink and Canarian bands perform in the town plaza. (When 16th August Where Garachico)

The International Folk Music Festival is held each year during the 3rd week of August in the southern town of El Médano. It brings together folk music acts from the five continents, including some of the best Canarian groups. The concert is one of the most important music festivals held in the Canary Islands.

Cestos y Bollos de Santa Bárbara in Icod de Los Vinos – On the last Sunday in August this 70-year-old tradition gives thanks for good harvests. Men meet unmarried women holding large baskets on their heads decorated with colourful ribbons. They carry canes adorned with dozens of small figurines. Once the tour ended, the baskets are placed by the Church until the end of the festivities.

Hearts of Tejina  is one of the most colourful and striking traditions on the island. A cross-shaped structure with two wooden hearts, one larger than the other, are the basis on which to sew flowers, fruit, and cakes. They are made in the three main districts of the city (El Pico, Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo) who then compete for who has the best heart. It has been celebrated for over 100 years and takes place at the end of August.

Other Events in August

Summer Art Craft Fair (When: August 1st Where: El Poris, Arico

IV Acuatlón Playa San Juan come either as a spectator or as a participant. The event consists of 5k run and 1k swim and prizes for the top three finishers, male and female. (When: August 1st Where: Playa San Juan, Guia de Isora)

World Windsurfing Championships – The best windsurfers in the world will again be in El Medano to participate in the PWA World Cup.  (When: From 3 to 9 August Where: Playa del Cabezo, El Medano)

Arona Summer Festival  Electronic music festival in Tenerife with more than 13 hours. We count with important international DJs as Armin Van Buuren, Steve Angello, Sander Van Doorn or Showtek among others. (When 7th August : All info and tickets FROM THE WEBSITE)

IX Festival 2015 New Talent The aim is to promote young people in the Canary Islands, in the categories of dance and song. Categories are 4 to 12 years and adults dance (When 7 and 8 August Where : Plaza El Medano)

Tapas and Cañas From morning until night restaurants and cafes in tents along the promenade will offer traditional tapas accompanied by beer for €1 to all who visit the town. (When 8th August, Where: Los Abrigos)

Bavarian Week Music and gastronomy are, along with beer, the protagonists of Bavarian Week. Outdoor concerts and parades throughout the week and the Beer Festival on August 29 offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in German culture (When: From 18 to 29 August Where: Puerto de la Cruz)

Mexican band Maná return to the island to start their Bed burned’ tour in Spain. (When: 21st August, Where: Stadium Heliodoro Rodríguez López)

Tom Jones in Concert Enjoy the powerful voice of the “Welsh Tiger” Ticket prices from €65 to €200 euros from Website(When 28th August Where : Recinto Ferial de Santa Cruz 22.30)

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Illusion, LIVE – The ultimate Las Vegas show, right here in Tenerife, starring Gaetano Garofalo direct from the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Grand illusions, levitating women, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers – everything you never dreamed possible! No camera tricks, no computer graphics just amazing illusions, right in front of your eyes. (When Every Thursday at 8.00pm Where Showtime Tenerife, Las Americas Tickets)

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INSOMNIA VIP BOAT PARTY  Pre-party with shots, boat party with Insomnia DJ’s playing the very best music, 3 hour FREE BAR including spirits, beer and cocktails. After party with FREE BBQ (When Sailing every Sunday and Wednesday.)

Sansofé 2015 invites you to enjoy a cultural summer with activities for all ages on the coast of Granadilla. Sample the XXII Folk Peoples, New Talent Festival IX or XV Canoe Regatta just some of the proposals that can be found in the program, along with concerts, outdoor cinema, gastronomic events and sports championships. There is also puppet shows, inflatables, parade and workshops for kids to take full advantage of the summer. (When: to August 29th Where: El Medano and Los Abrigos)

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Visit the Dorada Brewery The local brewing company opens its doors to unveil the manufacturing process of Dorada beer, from the collection of raw materials to bottling, at the end of the visit you will be invited to a Dorada in the Tasting Room. (Booking is necessary.  http://doradatour.es/ Every Tuesday and Wednesdays Avda. de Ángel Romero Santa Cruz to 31/12/2015)

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EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2015

Photo by Justin Ng

Sit in a moon shadow with an otherwise open view of the predawn sky, and if you’re really lucky, you might see as many as 40 meteors in one hour. Good luck! Click the links below to learn more about meteor showers in 2015.
August 11-12, 2015 Perseids
October 8, 2015 DraconidsOctober 21-22, 2015 Orionids
November 4-5, 2015 South TauridsNovember 12-13, 2015 North TauridsNovember 17-18, 2015 Leonids
December 13-14, 2015 Geminids

Tenerife – Attractions

Tenerife offers a wealth of attractions follow the LINK to get just a few ideas.

Tenerife – Tours

Guided tours both free and private as well as numerous excursions are available throughout the year.  For a few ideas follow the link to Tenerife Tours and Days Out

Tenerife – Sporting Activities

Year round temperatures averaging 22 degrees combined with a low level of rainfall provide an ideal climate for outdoor ventures. Whether on land, at sea or in the skies, Tenerife provides outdoor adventure for all types of travellers. Check them out HERE

Tenerife – Markets

Everyone loves a market and the island is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods while others selling the same product move from site to site. Most open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Follow this link for a list of Tenerife Markets

Tenerife – Museums

The museums of Tenerife are accessible to all sections of the community regardless of limited mobility or communication. Follow the link to find a comprehensive list of Tenerife – Museums

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Another Sunday in the South

That’s the title of the Miranda Lambert album, but what is Sunday like here in the south of Tenerife?

When our weekly quiz was taken over by karaoke, we looked around for somewhere else and ended up going to the Waterfall in Golf del Sur. The bar, which is almost a secret (I would never have found it unless someone had taken me), is in a nice setting by a pool. The staff are friendly and the food as we found out was good. We enjoyed their Wednesday quiz and noticed that on Sunday they were featuring a brand new show to the island, ‘The Memphis Belles’.

Said Belles are the combined talents of Vanessa Vee and Jacqui Peters. Our friends who have lived here for around 15 years had never seen Vanessa perform but Jim and I know what a fantastic show she can put on. On the other hand, they were raving over Jacqui who we had never seen, so to put things right we all met up at the Waterfall yesterday afternoon.

Vanessa started with her 50s / 60s show and everyone was shouting out female singers of the era and we all enjoyed singing along to everyone from Connie Francis, Petula Clark and a bit of Motown. Our friend comment, “she’s a bit of alright! I could see her again”.

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Then on came Jacqui, I was dumbfounded, while she had a look of Shirley Bassey, once she opened her mouth, Dame Shirl could have been on that stage. Amazing.  So both V and Jacqui gained new sets of fans while we were sitting in the Sunday sun.

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Finally, the ladies came together as the Memphis Belles. The first thing they did was apologise in case anything went wrong. The show is not due to be rolled out to the public until September/October when they think it will suit an audience of ‘swallows’. However, word had got out and bars were asking to book the new show. All I can say is if that is the show with just a couple of rehearsals, it was perfect, great harmonies, lots of fun and a bit of audience participation. In a word BRILLIANT and the swallows are in for a real treat.

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So ….. Just another Sunday in the South or should that be their closing number ‘We’ll Meet Again’

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Next Week in Tenerife 25th – 31st July 2015

JUAN LUIS GUERRA – Everything has its Time Tour (When 25th July Where: Marine Park, Santa Cruz 21:00)

Re-enactment of Battle of Santa Cruz On July 25, 1797 the most important military achievement in the history of Santa Cruz took place. Island troops and citizens defeated the naval attack of the British commanded by Admiral Nelson. Every year for two days soldiers dressed in uniform and weaponry of the time act out the events. The next day you are in the midst of the fighting at the port and streets where they took place two centuries ago. Recreated with fireworks and a great deal of fun (When: 24 – 25 July Where: Santa Cruz)

Sunblast Annual Festival. Four stages with many different musical styles. Sunblast Stage:  Dvbbs, W & W, Carnage. The Terrace Stage: Jamie Jones, Booka Shade, David Squillace. Bass Stage: Andy C, Noisia and finally the Sinatra Stage: Gorillaz, Dogg Master, La Mala Rodriguez and Real El Canario. (When July 25, Where Golf Costa Adeje)

Swimming across XII Bajamar-Punta del Hidalgo Three hundred swimmers will face the sea and put their skills to test for a new edition of the journey to Laguna swimming the 1900 meters journey that has become a classic in the summer sporting calendar. (When: July 25 Where: De Bajamar Punta del Hidalgo)

Fiesta de Vinos y Papas (When 25th July, Where: Plaza de San Agustin, Los Realejos)

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Día de la Trilla El Tanque celebrates how wheat was threshed the old way by oxen and horses to separate the wheat from the chaff. (When: 25th July Where: San José de los Llanos, El Tanque )

 

‘Virgen del Carmen’ The sea procession of the patroness of the sea, is one of the most exciting, and unique demonstrations of devotion by the sailors of Tenerife,  A celebration held in many municipalities with fishing tradition. (When: July 26 Where: Punta del Hidalgo, La Laguna)

Nestakilla is the first Canarian Hip Hop artist to release an album outside the islands. (When 31st July, Where Teatro Guimera, Santa Cruz)

Flavours of Summer (When 31st July, Where Plaza in El Medano)

Hidden treasures: the most valuable manuscripts in Europen an exhibition of exact replicas of some of the masterpieces of European literature and have some of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts. The mapping of the Age of Discovery is the star of the show, complete with a selection of various topics, from religion to sexuality, through alchemy and medicine. (When: From 2 – 29 July Where: MAC Room, Santa Cruz)

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2015 Summer Story – the 16th edition of the storytelling festival in which the best stand-up comedians and storytellers gather on the island. Six evening performances, outdoor, culminating in ‘The Great Friday’ when all the artists meet. (When: Every Friday, July 24 to August 28 Where: Plaza del Principe, El Sauzal )

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The Music Scene this week includes

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Madeira Cake

I had made a Nutella cheesecake for pudding. I know Jim doesn´t like chocolate desserts but he liked the last one saying it wasn’t too chocolatey. The only thing I did different on this occasion was to use Lidl’s Choco Nussa and after one mouthful OH said, “The chocolate is really strong – you know I don´t like chocolate puddings”. The upside is even more for me, the downside, what could I make for the next couple of days that he would like from what I had in the cupboard.

As he can at times be a bit old fashioned, I thought I would make something to match, an old-fashioned Madeira cake!

I had everything I needed, except the lemons, but I do have lemon flavourings that I spoke of in a previous blog.  The ingredients below are half of what the recipe called for, as there are only two of us. If you want a larger cake then double the quantities.

Ingredients
4oz softened margarine/butter
4oz caster sugar
5oz SR flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch salt
2 large eggs

Syrup topping
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice (here I used 4 drops of the flavouring mentioned above)

Method
Beat together the butter, sugar and eggs. Then add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Turn into a loaf tin. (I used a 6” round tin) I say turn rather than pour because the mixture is a bit on the thick side.

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Cook at 180o for approx. 90 minutes until golden brown.

I tested and it looked great, but as soon as I brought it out of the oven and popped on the work surface the centre caved in ……..Oh shoot! But then looking at picture in the book the centre had sunk in that too – mine wasn´t that bad at least it was only a dent, and not a huge crevasse!

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Photo of photo in cookery book.

While the cake was cooling, I heated the syrup, lemon flavouring, and sugar then having spiked the top with a skewer poured over the cake. This soaks into the sponge giving it a lovely flavour and once it has cooled for several hours the granulated sugar crystallises on the top.

It tasted delicious and I will make it again, but next time I think I will slice in half and fill with lemon buttercream.

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Viva Las Vegas – USA

Today’s destination is the man-made phenomenon in the Nevada desert that is Las Vegas, a fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights and glamorous shows. Well that’s what the advertising bumph would have you believe but Jim and I were there years ago and we hated it. We are only here now because it was on Kate’s ‘Must Do’ List.

While we were driving along the 3½-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, known as ‘The Strip’, Jim and I looked at each other and said, ‘this doesn´t look at all familiar’. What we remembered was “Old Vegas” a less than salubrious area filled with tacky wedding chapels and equally tacky casinos. When we were there last, the pyramid shaped Luxor was brand new, and a remarkable sight, with virtually nothing close by – it is now surrounded by up market hotels and casinos. The Vegas we thought we knew with the Golden Nugget Casino (where I lost $20 all those years ago) and the iconic images of the waving cowboy and cowgirl are now part of a canopied, five-block area called the Fremont Street Experience that has a $70 million light show each night. Still tacky but very different to how we remembered.

We were now seeing, along with hundreds of tourists wandering the Strip, are the amazing fountains dancing out front of the Bellagio hotel. They are set alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

We witnessed the spectacle of an exploding volcano in front of the Mirage

Then the Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, and Bridge of Sighs. There are canals, with of course, gondolas and gondoliers and the Grand Canal winds its way past a collection of expensive Gucci, Prada, and Tiffany, shops. And of course there is sex. It is everywhere from the scantily clad showgirls posing on street corners for pictures to the erotic burlesque shows. It is no surprise that Vegas is known as Sin City.

What isn’t in doubt is the main attraction of Las Vegas is gambling – what is a surprise is the extent of it. All the hotels are essentially 24 hour casinos. They teem with people whose confidence is high. If they win, the Vegas visit is paid for if they lose, they just continue with fingers crossed hoping they will win on the next turn of a card or roll of a dice.

The other big thing in Vegas is the shows. We started with ‘Vegas the Show’ an impressive mixture of, music, dancing and comedy juggling which although it sound naff was very funny. The next evening was spent with the Million Dollar Quartet: Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Another excellent show but quite spooky as both Elvis and Johnny looked so like the people they were impersonating it felt as if the originals were on stage.

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When you’re in the thick of it, Vegas seems all too fleeting – too much to do and not enough time to do it. That was the case with Matt Goss, unfortunately, we didn’t have time before moving on to see Matt who was at the same school as Kate. We thought he was famous as part of Bros however now he is resident at Caesars Palace he is super successful. So well done that Surrey lad.

The question is – Is Las Vegas the ultimate in vulgarity or is it fun?

I found that we soon got used to its hedonistic spirit, its entertainment, glamour, luxury, its cloudless skies. It is a very surreal place, dare I say beautiful? So what started at the bottom of my list soon headed to the top because for me, Vegas is fun.Vegas (33)

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Pekin Palace Chinese Restaurant -Torviscus, Tenerife

To be honest I wouldn’t normally head for a buffet style menu, as I tend to think the food can sit around for hours so not always fresh. Nevertheless, we were meeting friends for a meal and after tossing various ideas backwards and forwards, they threw in Pekin Palace.

Now when we first moved to the island Jim and I went to the restaurant quite a lot, but it must be at least 5 years since our last visit. I don’t know why we stopped eating there because we always liked the restaurant, so it was probably because parking in the area can be horrendous.

The décor is not your usual Asian inspired red swinging lanterns and gold tassels, but crisp white tablecloths and lots of white paint making the restaurant feel light, bright, and airy.

The food is brilliant. There is a wide variety of starters including soups, fresh mussels, huge prawns, and sushi made while you watch. I love Peking duck with all the trimmings, you just ask the waiter to bring to your table all you need for hot crispy duck pancakes. It was so good we ordered more and this was no problem out came another huge helping.

Mains are all the usual favourites including Beef or Chicken in black bean sauce, sweet and sour chicken, pork with bamboo shoots and peppers, spare ribs, chow mein and a choice of rice.  The list as you can see from the number of hot plates below is extensive.

There is a variety of sweets to suit all tastes from fried banana to lemon mousse and a good range of ice cream flavours. New food is constantly coming from the kitchens and you just keep helping yourself as many times as you wish.

The staff are warm and friendly and quite honestly, it is superb value at €8.50 a head.

For all lovers of Chinese food just try it. I don’t think you will be disappointed

You can find the restaurant opposite the Hotel La Niña, and below the Hotel Santa Maria in Torviscas.

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Next Week in Tenerife 18th – 24th July 2015

God Save The Queen (DSR) considered by ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine as the best tribute band in the world, closes the 2015 Tour of Spain in Tenerife. (When: 18 July, Where: Magma Centre Las  Americas – Tickets Buy Online )

XIX Festival Folklórico de Las Galletas Part of the Virgen del Carmen celebrations (When 18th July, Where Calle María del Carmen García / Calle Villamar)

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Freestyle International Motocross – The event brings world champions Dany Torres and Maikel Melero to Tenerife so you can enjoy the best drivers in the international and national scene along with high-level risks and tricks. (When July 18th at 21.00 Where: Stadium Antonio Dominguez, Arona)

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InfinityXtreme 2015 A demanding obstacle course that tests the physical and mental limits of the runners. In this edition the participants will face a new route, with new obstacles that will make the competition even more exciting. (When: July 18 Where: Puerto de la Cruz)

IV Vida Trail Nocturno El Médano Runners from around the world gathered to participate in the Night Life Trail. The race begins at nightfall, develops in three modes through the spectacular scenery of the south of the island, El Medano, La Tejita, and Red Mountain. (When: July 18th Where: El Medano, Granadilla de Abona)

VII Vertical Ascent Runners will face a 4km race over 400m in altitude, starting and finishing on the Costa de Rojas, (When: July 18 Where: The Coast Sauzal)

‘Virgen del Carmen’ This is one of the most exciting and beautiful demonstrations of devotion by the sailors of Tenerife. A celebration held in many municipalities with fishing tradition. (When: July 19th. Where: Puerto Santiago and Las Galletas)

Craft Fair XXXIV Arguayo Enjoy a day dedicated to tradition and full of cultural activities. The town hosts a Crafts Fair with over thirty years of history in which you can see and buy embroidery, basketry, pottery or woodwork of the highest quality, handmade by artisans from across the island. (When : July 19 Where: Parque de Las Eras, Arguayo, Santiago del Teide)

TLP Tenerife 2015 For six days, 24 hours a day, competitions, exhibitions, and educational activities organized by the Tenerife Lan Party. The country’s largest meeting of technology and new trends which each year gathers thousands of fans, a great festival of entertainment, technology workshops. (When: 14 – 19 July Where: Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz tlp-tenerife.com )

Re-enactment of Battle of Santa Cruz On July 25, 1797 the most important military achievement in the history of Santa Cruz took place. Island troops and citizens defeated the naval attack of the British commanded by Admiral Nelson. Every year for two days soldiers dressed in uniform and weaponry of the time act out the events. The next day you are in the midst of the fighting at the port and streets where they took place two centuries ago. Recreated with fireworks and a great deal of fun (When: 24 – 25 July Where: Santa Cruz)

Hidden treasures: the most valuable manuscripts in Europen an exhibition of exact replicas of some of the masterpieces of European literature and have some of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts. The mapping of the Age of Discovery is the star of the show, complete with a selection of various topics, from religion to sexuality, through alchemy and medicine. (When: From 2 – 29 July Where: MAC Room, Santa Cruz)

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2015 Summer Story – the 16th edition of the storytelling festival in which the best stand-up comedians and storytellers gather on the island. Six evening performances, outdoor, culminating in ‘The Great Friday’ when all the artists meet. (When: Every Friday, July 24 to August 28 Where: Plaza del Principe, El Sauzal )

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The Music Scene this week includes

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Cobnut, Pear and Sticky Toffee Tart

As I have mentioned before I was given Paul Hollywood’s cook book for Christmas and I have made several of his delicious recipes.  The following (naturally adapted) is I think going to become a firm favourite.

I tend to buy those large bags of Conference pears from Mercadona, often if you try to eat them they are like turnips, hard and dry.  I peel, sprinkle with a little sugar then pop straight into the freezer.  That way I always have something to make either a pear and ginger crumble or top with a dollop of ice-cream.

Now the image below is Paul’s Tart.  My tart as you will see at the end of the blog is quite a bit lighter, due to the lack of black treacle – but it tasted super. I used half of the ingredients as there are only the two of us (although those listed are what he recommends). I left out the treacle as I didn’t have any and of course I used ready-made pastry.

For the sweet shortcrust pastry
200g plain flour
2 tbsp icing sugar
100g  butter, chilled, cut into 1cm/½in cubes
1 free-range egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp lemon juice

For the filling
200g dates, stones removed, roughly chopped (you can buy these already stoned in Mercadona)
150ml full-fat milk
3 ripe medium pears, peeled, quartered and cored
50g unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g ground almonds
2 large free-range eggs
100g light muscovado sugar
2 tbsp treacle
100g shelled cobnuts or hazelnuts, roughly chopped

For the toffee sauce
200g light muscovado sugar
50g butter
250ml double salve

Method

Everyone knows how to make pastry so be it enough to say let defrost and line tin!

For the filling, put the chopped dates and milk in a pan. Bring to the boil, and then set aside for 30 minutes to soak. For the toffee sauce, heat the sugar, butter and cream together in a pan over a low heat until melted and smooth, then bring to a simmer and let it bubble for five minutes to thicken. Leave to cool.

Preheat the oven to 180C and put a baking tray on the middle shelf to warm up.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and use it to line the tart tin. Prick the base with a fork. Slice each quarter of pear in two. Arrange in a circular fan pattern in the tart case. Drizzle over four tablespoons of the toffee sauce and put the tart in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the filling.

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For the filling, mash the date mixture to a coarse purée with a potato masher. Tip it into a bowl with the softened butter, vanilla, flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground almonds, eggs, sugar and treacle. Whisk together with an electric whisk until just combined. Stir in the chopped nuts.

Spoon the mixture over the pears in the pastry case, spreading it out evenly.

DSC07006Bake the tart on the hot baking tray for 40-45 minutes, or until the filling is well risen and browned. Leave to stand for 10 minutes before removing from the tin.
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Serve the tart warm, with clotted cream or ice cream and the rest of the toffee sauce.  I would challenge even those with the sweetest tooth not to be totally satisfied with this yummy tart.  Try it I bet you agree. :-)

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As I said I used half the quantities for the tart but the whole amount for the toffee sauce as it is good on ice cream and keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.

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