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La Castanyada is a traditional festival that is deeply rooted in Catalonia and celebrated on 1st November, All Saint's Day. People eat chestnuts – castanyes in Catalan –, panellets - small balls of almond paste coated in pine nuts –, sweet potatoes and other autumnal produce. You can make panellets at home or buy them in the pastry shops and bakeries of Barcelona.
This public holiday is celebrated with family, friends and even in schools. It is often accompanied by chestnuts and panellets (traditional marzipan cookies) served with sweet dessert wine. Around the time of this celebration, specialist vendors take to the streets to sell their hot freshly-roasted chestnuts.
The Castanyada (Chestnut Festival) and All Saints Day indicate that summer is over and that colder weather is on the way.
A large area, totally free of traffic, with different places to explore, most of them in the open air. That's the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, an iconic visitor attraction in the heart of Montjuïc. Every weekend, there's a different activity: theatre, dance, music, magic, treasure hunts, etc. Throughout the year there are loads of activities to ensure you have a great day out with the family: Carnival, a Giants' Parade, a Puppet Festival, the Click and Go Fair, the Main Festival, the Medieval Fair, Christmas at the Poble, Halloween... and many more surprises!. In short, a wide range of activities for all the family.
The Gastronomy Festival par excellence is celebrating this year a new edition. A major festival of food products and gastronomy, which takes place on the Plaça de les Glòries, is a unique event for enjoying talks, presentations, cooking shows and tastings by professionals and journalists in the world of gastronomy. These are three days in which to discover and enjoy local tapas and dishes prepared by chefs from some of the best restaurants in Catalonia.
Date not yet confirmedThe grape harvest festival is the period during which the tradition of wine producing is celebrated. During the weeks of the harvest, you can find out all about the vineyards, wineries and their wines throughout the various wine production regions of Catalonia. These celebrations give rise to a variety of activities: guided visits of the wineries, getting to know about and taking part in the wine-making process, wine and cava tastings combined with the sampling of delicious locally produced food and other activities. In addition to wine- and food-related activities, you can also enjoy complementary leisure pursuits suitable for any age group or profile. Below is just a selection of the recommended activities for you to enjoy this thousand year-old cultural experience to the full!
Over its history, the Restaurant 7 Portes has hosted a range of cultural and artistic activities. It was the regular meeting place for leading people like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Rafael Alberti, García Lorca, Salvador Dalí. The walls of this establishment have been and are the testimonial of viewpoints and opinions from many different fields.
Following this vocation and commitment, 7 Portes is presenting the 9th season of Lyrical Dinners. Dinners based on a lyrical vocal performance, with the participation of young talents. An opera informative activity to present young opera singers, some of whom are already well-known to the public and critics.
Gastronomy naturally plays an important role. A perfect balance for all senses.
- Carolina Fajardo. 24th February, at 8pm
- Ferran Albrich. 31st March, at 8pm
- Alejandro Baliñas. 6th May, at 8pm
- Mercè Bruguera. 16th June, at 8pm
In the days leading up to Easter, Catalonia's patisseries always put on a delicious and original shop window display: cakes and figures made of chocolate, some in such complex detail that they could be easily be termed works of art. This typically Catalan and Valencian tradition is known as the "Mona de Pascua" (the Easter 'Mona'). Mona is the Spanish word for female monkey but, in this context, the term derives from the Arabic word "munna", which loosely means "a treat for your mouth", a gift in the form of a sweet confection that the Moors would give to their overlords to celebrate the end of Lent. Catholic tradition involves godfathers giving the 'mona' to their godchildren on Easter Sunday, although the correct day to enjoy them is on Easter Monday, which is a public holiday in Catalonia, when families come together to eat the 'mona' as their dessert.
The Sant Ponç Festival is one of the oldest and most traditional ones in Catalonia and is dedicated to medicinal remedies, aromatic herbs and culinary essences. The streets of Catalan towns are filled with stalls selling high quality gastronomic products. In Barcelona, the Sant Ponç Festival is centered on the Calle Hospital, which is transformed into a souk filled with the aromas and tastes of aromatic herbs, candy, chocolate, honey, artisan cheese, candied fruit and much more. Sant Ponç is the patron saint of herbalists and, according to the legend, upon coming to Barcelona and witnessing the widespread misery that prevailed, he began to prepare potions and medicinal remedies to cure the city's sick. In gratitude for his work, the Barcelonans decided to create a herb festival in his honor. The festival is rounded off with other activities that start on the night of 10 May with the decoration of the figure of the saint with herbs and flowers. The following day this is carried on a procession through the streets and there is a blessing of the medicinal herbs brought along by those in attendance.
Date not yet confirmedOver the course of five days, the famous gastronomic festival "Tast a la Rambla" will be held in the Santa Mònica section of La Rambla. There will be a wide selection of tasty tapas and snacks produced by the city's restaurants ranging from signature creations to traditional cuisine. This festival for the senses is complemented by a variety of leisure and musical activities, culinary tasting workshops and live cooking demonstrations.
Date not yet confirmedWine and jazz go hand-in-hand at the festival that sublimates both pleasures by pairing wine-tastings with concerts in Vilafranca, the heart of the Penedès region. ViJazz Penedès, which has been going for more than 10 years, features free concerts and the chance to sample more than 300 wines and cavas produced by forty of the Penedès region's best wineries at the wine and cava fair. This year also includes a gastronomic area, with the presence of restaurants in the area, where quality tapas will be offered specifically designed to be accompanied by wines and cavas from the Penedès.
For three days, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia will become the cava and food tasting capital of Catalonia. The Cavatast offers the chance to enjoy cava tastings and othe products including charcuterie, patisserie and chocolate. An annual event to discover new flavors and to buy high quality produce while enjoying fun activities.
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