Food, essential to social interaction everywhere, has particular importance in the regeneration of this rural community in Catalonia. The misery of the Civil War in Spain was followed by three decades of rural depopulation and economic decline, but a gradual return to the countryside since the 1980s has encouraged the revival of villages like Mieres. Food and drink play a fundamental role in the fiestas, fairs, and other celebrations that pack the public calendar, creating and sustaining social interaction and rebuilding a sense of community.
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