TODAY is the last chance for Olive Press readers to attend one of Costa Blanca’s biggest food festivals.

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Orihuela’s annual Mercado Medieval started on Friday, January 31, but ends today – after only three days.

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This newspaper attended, and captured just some of the celebrations.

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Festivities included street dancing by some of the city’s historical characters, live cooking demonstrations, a children’s mini fairground and hundreds of food stalls.

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One of the many foodstuffs on offer was an array of artisan sausages, ranging from curry flavour to onion and garlic.

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We asked if the chorizo-style sausages were made by the stall-holder himself, but he explained they’re home-made by his family and he was only the salesman – because he was the most handsome of the brood!

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Other foods included various herbs and spices, fresh and cooked meats, liquorice, toffee apples and dozens of different types of chocolate.

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If any readers do plan on going to Orihuela’s Medieval Market today, do go early to get a good parking spot.

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