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Dates 2023 not yet confirmedThe Gastronomy Festival par excellence is celebrating this year a new edition where, for the first time, you will be able to enjoy live music concerts. 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 and with sustainability and food reuse as main axes.
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!
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.
Dates 2023 not yet confirmedThanks to its Jardins Terramar Music Festival, Sitges has one more attraction helping to make it a first-rate tourist destination. This festival has established itself as a uniquely recreational, cultural, gastronomic and sensory experience. This festival, held in the Terramar Gardens, has been prepared taking into account the gardens' own biosphere and is based on sustainability. The festival also features different cuisines, a whole raft of recreational and cultural activities and a space specifically designed for showcasing local talent in music, theater, dance and painting.
The Fira ÀPAT brings together producers and makers of the best produce and high quality ingredients on Catalan soil. Led by food industry professionals, the Fira ÀPAT promotes local produce as a way of supporting safety and quality and also in order to support small-scale farmers and agriculturalists.
The Alella DO dedicates the month of October to promoting and publicizing its wines. During the entire month the 25 towns which form part of this DO organize an endless round of wine-related activities and experiences for the public: wine tasting, guided tours, food tasting, master classes, screenings, concerts... Find out what's on at Vi+ and enjoy wine in all its many facets.
Craft beer lovers will not want to miss out on the Barcelona Beer Festival on 26, 27 and 28 May. The festival, which will be hosting a large number of exhibitors and more than 100 beer taps, offers beer lovers the chance to discover up to 500 different beers from all the world. The festival also features numerous activities such as showcooking, presentations and beer tasting.
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