Mostra de cervesa
You know summer has really arrived when the festivals start, particularly those that get you out of town. This year sees the fifth Mostra de Cervesa Artesana (beer festival) in the unremarkable little town of Sant Joan de Mediona, which nevertheless, has earned itself a strong reputation amongst craft beer enthusiasts around Europe.
For one day only it becomes the hub of all things beer-related attracting an impressive line-up of artisan brewers from all over the Catalunya as well as some specialist brews from Belgium, Germany and elsewhere. There are also stalls punting typical carns a la brasa, roast chicken and organic veggie dishes, traditional crafts, and live bands contributing to the general vibe of bonhomie and merry-making.
It's good to know isn’t it, that somewhere out there, people still do festivals in the spirit they used to? If you’re looking for a taste of rural Catalunya, with the vibe of California’s happy, hippy days, this might just be the weekend outing for you.
V Mostra de Cervesa Artesana, Saturday 12th June 2010 from 10am. More information http://festivalmediona.cervezas.info/12jun2010.htm.
Getting there: RENFE to either Vilafranca del Penedès or Capellades and taxi to Mediona. Mon Bus from Barcelona to Sant Joan de Mediona 93 891 25 61. Taxi in Sant Joan de Mediona through Jose Roca (7-seater) 93 817 8527 or 670 064 505