The XV Feria del Garbanzo that will be developed between the 15 and 18 of May in Valseca and in which the County Council collaborates will be remembered as the first in which the legume has a Guarantee Mark, obtained in December of 2018 after the management of the Prodestur laboratory. The Fair, organized by the town council, serves the municipality to become a focus of attraction around its most famous legume. That is why the town is dedicated to the promotion of this highly identifying product by organizing a series of events whose protagonism is the focus of this event, which was presented today by the President of the Diputación Francisco Vázquez and the mayor of Valseca, Alfonso Gil. In the appearance before the media, a representative of the Association for the Development of Garbanzo de Valseca, Ignacio Rincón; the deputy of Prodestur, Magdalena Rodríguez, and the deputy of Economic Promotion, Jaime Pérez.
Francisco Vázquez has referred precisely to the achievement of the Brand, in which the County Council played a decisive role. The Prodestur laboratory prepared and presented in March of 2018 all the reports and arguments that justified that the legume met the requirements to obtain the qualification and a proposal of Use Regulation for the Brand.
These works were validated by the Control and Certification Unit of the Agricultural Technology Institute of Castilla y León (ITACYL), which gave rise to the resolution by which the Brand was created. "A work that has paid off with the joint effort of Diputación, Ayuntamiento and producers and that I hope will positively impact the economy of the town, because with that intention the actions were carried out to achieve it", underlined Francisco Vázquez.
Obtaining protection figures such as Guarantee Marks for food is for the Provincial Council something that has a positive impact on the development of the province's agricultural sector and on the promotion and dynamism of the territory through its food products.
"This Fair is one of these elements of dynamism, the event enjoys constant growth and the Provincial Council, as it can not be otherwise, also promotes its dissemination," said the President.
Obtaining this figure has already had important repercussions in the town, in terms of a significant increase in product demand, as confirmed by the mayor of Valseca.
This year around sixty hectares will be cultivated, a little less than last year, due to the rotation of crops, but it is expected that in the coming years the cultivated area will increase, according to Ignacio Rincón. The Association of Garbanzo de Valseca currently has a dozen producers.
For his part, the mayor of Valseca has highlighted the growth that the fair has experienced since its creation, going from one to four days. "The fair would be impossible without the collaboration of the Provincial Council, which helps us through Prodestur with the Day of the Museums, and through Economic Promotion with the brokers' bags, the tastings and the artisan market":
Sales have grown during the years in which it was processed and it is expected to do so even more after the first harvest that will be collected in August, although it will not be released until a few months later, after drying.
So, in next year's edition the famous stew will be made with chickpeas from the "Garbanzo de Valseca" Guarantee Mark.
The activities begin on Wednesday 15 May festival of San Isidro, with parades, mass sung by the Parish Choir of Valseca and procession in honor of the saint. Afterwards, a Spanish wine and the popular slice offered by the Local Farming Board of Valseca will be distributed at the Socio-Cultural Center "Doctor Velasco".
In the afternoon, in this same venue, the theater company Zereia, Cuéllar, will represent the play "Women's League". This work forms part of the cycle "Aquí Hay Teatro" of the Diputación that takes the theater to 32 towns of the province.
The montage is a vindication of the role of women throughout history, but using humor, which leaves a deeper place when reflecting on its teachings.
On Friday 17 in May at the Socio-Cultural Center "Doctor Velasco" will be a wine tasting Navaltallar, organized by the Association for the Development of Garbanzo de Valseca in which the Food brand of Segovia collaborates.
These tastings are a way to promote the companies integrated in Alimentos de Segovia, which are allowed to carry out very effective direct commercial actions.
Saturday is the central day of the Fair. The celebration of the Fourth Infantile Race and the Fourth Pedestrian and Popular March Race open the day at ten thirty in the morning.
They are some races with high participation. They usually do it around 200 runners, 200 walkers adults and 100 children. All of them, in the bag of supplies are included a ticket of the popular stew, with which success is virtually assured.
Starting at eleven o'clock in the morning, the Artisan Market and Food Companies of Segovia will open in the Parques del Caño.
At the 12 at noon on the occasion of the "International Museum Day", the first guided visit to the Geo-Museum of Valseca will take place with free admission and a Geo-Route through the Los Galachos area.
In the mineral museum you can see more than 200 samples in a collection that, due to its characteristics, makes it unique in the whole region.
Also at this time will open the Science and Technology Exhibition "The science that is seen is touched" in the Socio-Cultural Center "Doctor Velasco" guided by Professor Santos Mazagatos.
300 more rations
Then, around two in the afternoon, you will taste the popular stew. This stew, is one of the central acts of the Fair that serve to promote the Garbanzo de Valseca and especially this year, with the achievement of the Guarantee Mark.
Valseca City Council expects to distribute 1.500 portions of the popular stew that is one of the attractions that honor the most precious product of the municipality. 300 will be more rations than last year with which we want to respond to the good expectations of the number of visitors expected in this edition.
Since it began to be organized in 2015 its success and impact has been increasing, from 600 rations then distributed to the 1.500 that are prepared in this edition.
In the afternoon there are several activities for the little ones, including a performance framed in the Titirimundi International Puppet Festival. In this case it is the Barti company that will represent the work "Mr. Barti" at the Parques del Caño at four thirty in the afternoon.
The Diputación in the Festival makes it possible for the world of puppet theater to reach the towns of the province of Segovia. On this occasion 44 are the locations that host some performance, twelve more than in the previous edition, including Valseca.
And on Sunday 19 the central act of the day is the second of the concerts of the New Mester de Juglaría programmed for the tour of his 50 anniversary.
Valseca is one of the ten municipalities of the province that will host a concert of this cycle, created by the County Council so that the towns of the province had the opportunity to enjoy these concerts, which were prepared for the 50 anniversary of the group.