The English colony resident in Roda served more than 500 portions of the traditional English breakfast under the pine grove of the town on the “English Day” of its patron saint’s festivities.
More than 500 typical English breakfasts were served this morning from 10:00 to 12:00 in the pine grove of Roda, during the celebration of the “English Day”, which is held every year on the occasion of the patron saint festivities in honour of the Virgen de los Remedios. Fried egg, bacon, sausages, mushrooms and beans in tomato sauce made up the succulent breakfast cooked and served by members of the large English colony who live in Roda, where a good part of the population of just over 1000 are foreigners.
Phoebe, a young Englishwoman who has lived in Roda for seven years and speaks perfect Spanish with a Murcian accent, acknowledges that English Day is “a lot of work but we have a great time”. Together with the large team that is in charge of cooking and composing, on the other side of the counter, the colourful dish of the “English breakfast”, Phoebe points out that “in Spain the festivities are very much alive, it is something typical and traditional and we try to make the English colony and foreigners in general participate in it”. English Day continues into the evening with a typical English barbecue, which will be served for 2.5 euros in the pine forest on one of the most popular nights of the fiestas.
The councillor for Fiestas, Isidoro Miñano and several councillors from the government team, accompanied the mayor of Roda, Eulogio Sanchez on a special morning in Roda that this year returns to normality pre pandemic, recovering the English breakfast that had not been held for two years. “People were in the mood for a party”, said Eulogio, who highlighted “the success of the attendance of a very hard-working, very village-like and very welcoming festival”. The councillor for Fiestas, Isidoro Miñano thanked the participation and the work of the English community in a particularly “endearing and gastronomic” festivities, which he invited people to get to know.