Today is pie day in Huercal Overa, Almería, with the town turning out to make tasty pastries and treats in what is now an annual event.
The Centro Histórico’s Residents Association teamed up with the Town Hall from 11am, rolled up their sleeves and got mixing, rolling and baking. The event raised money for the Residencia de las Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados (Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly) and the Alzheimer’s Association.
The event has been running now for a decade, and aims to maintain the tradition of pie-making and, specifically, Huercal Overa’s very own traditional almond pie – a tasty treat that no self-respecting Huercalense would ever turn down.
This year, for the first time, the event was held in the dining hall at Market Square. In addition to the willing pie-makers, residents and visitors flocked to buy a piece of tradition and fill their bellies.
Almond pie is essential in Huercal Overa homes to celebrate the holiday season. So much so that the Huercalense women usually make many in their homes ahead of the holidays, gathering together their families and friends, mothers and daughters, using a recipe passed from generation to generation. Although the recipes follow a similar method and recipe, each home has their own secreet addition to make them a little more special.
The mayor of Huercal Overa, Domingo Fernández, was on hand to welcome the participants and visitors to the pie day in Huercal Overa and even got stuck in himself. He told Spain Buddy, “The town council supports this initiative which aims to preserve another of the traditions of our town, passing them down from generatin to generation. In addition to preserving this traditin, the proceeds of the sale of the pies goes to different associations every year. This year is the turn of the Residencia de las Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados and the Alzheimer’s Association. Our wish is that Huercalenses and visitors continue to respond in a positive way to this event, not only getting involved but also buying these delicious pies which helps an important part of our society.”