September is the month of the grape harvest, and so Binissalem celebrates its Festes des Vermar, or grape harvest festivals: nine days devoted to wine.
Binissalem, a village of secular vintners, lends its name to one of Mallorca’s wine denominations of origin. So no wonder then that its festivals revolve around the good wines the island produces. The celebration continues for nine intense days —in 2019 from 22th to 29th September— and begins with the reception of grape harvesters in the the Town Hall, accompanied by the traditional music of the xeremiers. After several days of wine tasting, parades, street parties and other activities, the offering of the new must to Our Lady of Robines concludes the festival.
All celebrations have a certain gastronomy associated to them, and in this case it is the delicious fideus de vermar. A recipe made using lamb —formerly mutton from the oldest sheep in the flock—, onion, tomato, sobrasada, wine, spices and noodles.
Most events are held in the village square, at the foot of the splendid church built with marble and jasper, with its impressive Norman-style belltower.