This is a gastronomic festival that has been celebrated for 27 years on the trot and is organized by the El Castro neighbourhood association in the parish of Mourente, in Pontevedra.
This Festa do Caldo (The Broth Festival) is always celebrated on the second Sunday of March and large tents are set up along with tables and chairs for the comfort of those who come to the celebration. The broth is served in a screen-printed cup and can be tasted for free (all accredited pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago who pass through the festival are treated to a cup of broth).
At noon, the opening speech is read by a notable figure in the field of culture, and a parade of invited gastronomic guilds takes place. At the end there will be musical performances by folk groups from Galicia and Portugal and a visit to the monument dedicated to their caldo.
Every year, a silver pot is given to honour a person from the parish. The Orde do Caldo is made up of 140 guilds who promote and defend the caldo wherever they may go, and whoever wishes to do so may belong to this order.
The ingredients of our Galician broth are: quality water, beef, pork, such as salty ribs, careta (pork cheeks), lacón (pork shoulder), bacon, chorizo, chicken and lard (essential to making a good broth).
It contains the following vegetables and legumes: turnip greens, local cabbage, floury potatoes and beans, all of which are also essential in the broth.
Tasting the broth in the marquee to the sounds of traditional music.