The MACMA manager, Jovi Lozano-Seser, inaugurated the fifth regional fair that this year was attended by the Director General of Tourism, Herick Campos, who valued the importance of a strategic meeting that brings together all the towns of the region under The same promotion and collaboration framework.
Jovi Lozano started the speech referring to years ago, «The event is preceded by the pioneering regional tourist fair of 2015, the culinary theme of 2016, that of the wines of 2017 and the tribute to the landscape of the Marina Alta of 2018: heterogeneous and celebrated appointments in which they were already traced the guidelines to strengthen the region through the motto La Marina Alta with the 5 senses ».
La V Marina Alta Fair with the 5 senses: «The touch»: Know-how, crafts and craftsmen met during the days 9 and 10 of November, in the Prado de Ondara, the stands of the municipalities of Pego, Poblets, Benitatxell, Dénia, Beniarbeig, Orba, Xàbia, Benidoleig, Ondara, Teulada-Moraira, La Vall de Laguar, Castell de Castells, El Verger, Gata de Gorgos, as well as those of the Riuraus Route, the IECMA and the Pego and Les Valls Commonwealth.
The enclosure also hosted the photography exhibition «Mans d'artesanes» courtesy of the Center d'Artesania CV, as well as the Exhibition of illustrators and illustrators of the Marina Alta. The MACMA and the Grup d'Acció Local of the Muntanya d'Alacant, organizers of the forum, also had their own stand. And it is that the forum was the main stage where on Saturday it was reflected on the theme of this year through presentations and presentations such as that of chef Evarist Miralles, of the restaurant Cavall Verd, of the Vall de Laguar or the Col·lectiu Pedra i Calç, which presented the book Pedra i Calç.
Also, one of the main points of the day was the presentation and signature by the mayors present of the regional Pact “Letter from the Paisatge and La Pedra Seca». Saturday afternoon was occupied by the regional forum The paisatge de pedra seca. Reptes and oportunitats of futur, in which the architect Ivana Ponsoda, the Comarcal d'Amics i Amigues of the Vall de Gallinera, the Pego Viu Association, the Mancomunitat de la Vall de Pop, the GAL Muntanya d'Alacant and the MACMA, participated. of Heritage of which Núria Gómez Bolufer addressed in his intervention the potential of the resource of the dry stone, a panorama of the future that was studied in the subsequent round table.
The following Sunday he had a more playful approach with activities such as the urban route Picapedrers, ferrers and manyans. The offices that devise els pobles, guided by Vicente Ortuño, architect, geographer and founder of MACMA, the storyteller Rogeta, l'ovella guirra, at Càrrec del Col·lectiu Esquellana-Tramussera, a gastronomic presentation by chef and ideologist Pep Romany, a seitan tasting with Valencian products by the vegan restaurant Tribes of El Poble Nou de Benitachell and the presentation of the fishing tourism project in Jávea , Trip & Feel.
'Fet a mà, fet a la Marina'
However, the highlight of the day was the craft fair Fet a mà, fet a la Marina: a MACMA initiative that brought together 26 positions of artisanal enterprises and producers and regional producers and that aims to be the basis of a global project of cohesion of the crafts of the Marina Alta. Already in the afternoon, the round table In feminí, invisible sabers, with the benisseras Belén Ivars Ribes and Carmen Ivars Jiménez moderated by Nuria Gómez Bolufer- closed the programming of the forum.
It should also be mentioned that throughout the weekend, the Orba stand hosted mud workshops while Ondara held Valencian ball workshops. In summary, a showcase and a dynamic and diverse weekend to represent the bulk of regional crafts and traditional works that have consolidated in this fifth edition the agglutinating character of the Marina Alta Fair and that represent a stone in the margin of the regional vertebration that the MACMA represents.