Octopus is a key ingredient of traditional Galician gastronomy, while also appearing in the most innovative recipes. For octopus lovers, the renowned chef Martín Álvarez imparts a gastronomy workshop in which he provides tips for successful octopus cooking.
Martín Álvarez, chef and secondary-school teacher in Vilamarín (Ourense), is the author of the book '45 recipes with ortigas' (45 Recipes with Nettles), which won the 2006 Gourmad Prize for the best monograph published in Spain and received an honorary mention from the international jury of the Gourmad awards (Beijing 2007).
Each month the gastronomy workshops feature a different seasonal Galician product: mushrooms (November), octopus (December), seafood (January), Carnival cuisine (February) and lamprey (March). In the workshops, the best specialists of each month's product will cook their most outstanding specialities live, explaining in detail all the processes involved, so that each amateur cook can then repeat the experience in his or her own kitchen. All the dishes have been selected so that they can be prepared in a domestic kitchen.
Each of the renowned chefs participating in the workshops will explain his recipes, providing different perspectives on each month's featured product, from traditional Galician recipes to the most innovative ones.
These gastronomy workshops are included in the 'Santiago de Compostela. You'll Want More' programme, running from November 2007 to March 2008, which is aimed at promoting the best of Galician Gastronomy. Apart from gastronomy workshops, the programme features other activities such as gastronomy trips and special menus in associated restaurants, based on top-quality seasonal Galician products: mushrooms (November), octopus (December), seafood (January), Carnival cuisine (February) and lamprey (March).
The festivities dedicated to the Apostle, the patron saint of Santiago, of Galicia and of all of Spain, last for about a fortnight. This festival combines religious and official solemnity, tradition and entertainment, which turn the entire city into a large fiesta.
July 24th and 25th are the two main days. On the night of July 24th there is an impressive firework display in honour of the Apostle, which coincides with the burning of a large pyrotechnic castle imitating the Cathedral’s Gothic façade.
This is a very popular festival that is well established in the Municipality of Silleda’scalendar. Every year, more than 10,000 people gather together to savour around 2,000 portions of omelette and 1,000 litres of wine free of charge. The festival began to be held in 1989, reaching its 22nd year in 2010.
The gastronomy festival par excellence in the municipality of Padrón, held on the first Saturday in August in the parish of Herbón. It started in 1978 and is now classified as a Festival of Galician Tourist Interest.
Festival featuring the promotion and tasting of ham, which is held on August 14 in the parish of Bermés (Lalín) and will reach its 16th year in 2014. Cured and roast ham is served, along with bread and wine.