Carnival dates. Reids Michelin Star. Agricultural growth.

Festa dos Compadres to start the Carnival Season for 2017

Carnival dates releasedThe Festa dos Compadres, is traditionally the event that opens the carnival season in Madeira. Although officially Carnival celebrations in Funchal will begin this year on February 22nd, it will as usual be the Festa dos Compadres in Santana that will kick off the carnival season on the island, starting on the 16th of February. The dates have been confirmed in today’s Diario, and the full program will be posted here nearer the time us usual. Carnival in Funchal lasts until 1st March this year, with the main parade on 25th and Fun Parade 28th February. The dates are quite a bit later than last year when Festa dos Compadres started on the 28th of January, with events in Funchal starting with the Allegorical Parade on 6th February.

Reid’s Palace’s Michelin Star

Reid's Palace restaurant staffReporting on the Il Gallo D’oro at the Cliffe Bay winning its second Michelin Star at the end of last year, it was largely overlooked that the restaurant at Reid’s Palace, “William”, was distinguished with a single Michelin Guide star for the first time.
The 2017 edition places this restaurant among 21 Portuguese haut cuisine establishments awarded with the star. The gourmet restaurant is led by the Madeira born chef Luis Pestana and supervised by chef Joachim Koerper,

Agricultural growth

Agricultural terraces of MadeiraToday’s Journal reports that the National Statistics Institute have (rather belatedly) released the 2015 data from the Regional Economic Accounts for Agriculture (CEAREG). In the whole of 2015, agricultural production in the Autonomous Region of Madeira was valued at €104.4 million, an increase of 14% on the previous year. It is too easy to say that the island simply depends on tourism, but the contribution of agriculture to the local economy is not to be under-estimated.

20 facts you didn’t know about aircraft

Monarch aircraftInteresting article on a recent Monarch “blog” (a blog that seems to be running out of momentum, judging by the frequency of the posts) entitled “20 facts you didn’t know about aircraft”. Interesting that with all the technology, including 200 computers on-board each plane, there are still the old superstitions – thus no Row 13. I don’t recall if this is the case with other airlines?

Madeira Regency Palace bought by Pestana

RTP Madeira are reporting that the  “bankrupt” Madeira Regency Palace has been bought by Pestana, who aim to restore it to its 250 room – 5-star standing. More details here when they emerge:

8 thoughts on “Carnival dates. Reids Michelin Star. Agricultural growth.”

  1. Row 13. yes it’s a very American thing. Probably carried over from Boeing.

    Did you know that in the US you will never find a 13th. floor in a building. It will be built, but never used. The elevator will not stop there 🙂

  2. Looking at the Easyjet website, they have a Row 13. I have booked Seat 12D for my return in February but I must admit to never having given it a thought in the past!

  3. Went up to Babosas today and although we have been aware of the horror in the August fires were taken aback at the sight of devastation down the Joao Gomes Valley across to Romeiros, it must have been more terrifying than we can imagine. Uncomfortable feeling to also stand where the little old chapel at Babosas destroyed in the floods stood


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