Ancient festival based on the auctioning of pig's trotters as an affering to the saint. This one of Compostela's most popular and traditional festivals. It is followed the next day by the Pig's Trotters Festival, when those in attendance sample the pig's trotters auctioned on the previous day. After the auctioning of the pig's trotters, they are now coocked and accompanied by cabbage 'bertóns,' an exclusive recipe from this neighbourhood that is also available in different restaurants. There is also music and dancing in the evening.
From 21 to 23 March
The ’romería’ of San Lázaro, a neighbourhood situated at the entrance of the city, on the Way of St. James, is both religious and gastronomic. The patron saint is honoured with a mass and a procession, in addition to an ancient tradition in which pig’s trotters are auctioned as an offering to the saint, "Festa da Uña". The culinary aspect is therefore based on pig’s trotters with cabbage shoots (**). As in all fiestas, there is also an open-air dance.
(**) RESTAURANTS "FESTA DA UÑA 2015":
The Chaián Chub Festival reaches its 40th year in 2014 and includes the now-traditional cyprinid fishing competition, as well as a popular gastronomy festival and subsequent dance.
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The festival features a competition of cyprinids, the family to which the chub belongs. Competitors are divided into different categories: children, youth, women, senior citizens or teams. Anglers gather at 8 am in Bar Nieto to start finishing at 9 am until 1.30 pm. After the catches are weighed, the awards ceremony is held around 2.45 pm.
The competition is followed by the traditional festival, accompanied by the music of Trazo’s Os Xeitosos bagpipe group followed by an orchestra. After lunch, the open-air dance continues from 6 to 10 pm, once again with an orchestra. There is also octopus on offer and inflatables for children.
The “Festa do Galo Piñeiro e Mostra Cabalar,” declared a Festival of Galician Tourist Interest in 2010, is held every year on the first weekend in August in the village of Pedrouzo (Arca).
The annual programme of events begins with the opening of the market and sale of chickens and hens of the “Piñeiro” breed; there is also a competition with prizes, awarded by a professional jury, for the best specimens of this breed.
The traditional lunch that his held at midday features “Piñeiro” chicken.
The “Mostra Cabalar” (Horse Fair) is held in the afternoon, with different exhibitions featuring Galician and crossbred horses. Spanish thoroughbreds of different ages also participate and compete for the prize of best horse. A special prize (“Fáisca”) is awarded every year to the best Spanish thoroughbred born and raised in Galicia. The fair comes to an end with different carousels and horse-riding displays, high school dressage, etc.
The Celtic Fair is also held on the same weekend; the streets of Pedrouzo are decorated in Celtic style, with the participation of... read more
A Estrada’s Cider Festival arose due to the existence of a tradition, in relation to boththe growing of apples and the making of cider. The festival was held for the first time in 2012 with the aim of bringing together all of Galicia’s producers; cider makers from the entire Cantabrian coast were also present: Asturias, Zamora, Cantabria and the Basque Country.
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A gastronomy festival that began to be held in 1987, during the San Isidro de Carcacía festival. In recent years, it coincides with the Day of Galician Letters (May 17).
The festival, which is very popular and influential in the entire region, is centred on the making of a giant omelette, which was the largest in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records in 1988. Last year, 1,200 kilogrammes of potatoes, 8,000 eggs, 50 kilos of chorizo, 380 litres of oil and 15 kilos of salt were used to make the omelette. This was all cooked in a giant frying pan that resulted in a 15 cm-thick omelette with a diameter of 3.5 metres.
The festival also features different events such as concerts with street bands, regional dances, active tourism activities, workshops and craftwork for children, traditional games and exhibitions.
A popular festival held on July 24 and 25, being closely linked to the Jacobean tradition and the figure of the Apostle James. It is held around a chapel of the same name and several crags that, according to tradition, were the place chosen by the Apostle James to preach among the local inhabitants.
The festival is held in a unique setting, ideal for enjoying a few days together as a family, with bagpipe players, “big heads” and grilled sardines along with chorizo rolls and cornbread. Recreational activities for young and old have been included in recent years, including zip lines, geocaching or climbing area.
In the afternoon of the 24th, an important Ass Derby is held in Padrón’s old town. It is practically the only one of its kind in Galicia and is very popular among Padrón residents.
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.
Thousands of people gather on this special occasion in Padrón’s festive calendar to enjoy, completely free of charge, this delicacy and run the “risk” of experiencing the truth of the old saying: “Os pementos de Herbón, uns pican e outros non” (Herbón peppers, some are hot and others are not). It was in this Padrón parish that the plant of the Herbón pepper was first cultivated, after being brought from America by one of the monks belonging to the order that has been here for more than 600 years.
The event features the following programme:
- 10.30 am. Open-air mass.
- 11.30 am. Blessing and start of the festival.
- 12.30 pm. Reception for authorities in the Town Hall and a motorized agricultural parade as far as Padrón.
- 1.30 pm. Reading of the opening speech by an outstanding personality and appointment of Knights and Ladies,... read more
In 2015, the municipality of A Estrada will hold its 42th Salmon Festival, an event that pays tribute to the king of our river fishes.
The festival’s highlight is a salmon dish served to all those in attendance. During the previous week, different salmon-promotion activities are carried out, such as the International Fishing Competition and the “Tapas” Competition with the participation of the municipality’s restaurants.
A Estrada’s San Xoán Festival, which is held in O Areal de Berres, is becoming more and more popular as one of the area’s most attractive “San Juan” festivals.
The bucolic surroundings in which it takes place, the O Areal de Berres recreational and swimming area, attracts hundreds of people every year, who experience the magical eve of St. John’s Day eating sardines and octopus, jumping over the bonfire and enjoying live folk and rock music.
The Municipality of A Estrada’s local holiday, devoted to its patron saint, “San Paio,” is held from June 26 to 29. During these four days, an extensive programme of recreational, sports, cultural and religious activities is carried out.
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Declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest in 2007, A Rapa de Sabucedo is organised in the same way as the last five centuries.
The “Curro” is the most spectacular and dangerous moment: the noble fight between man and horse, without using ropes or sticks. In Sabucedo, you can only beat the beasts in a one-to-one combat.
Daytime is devoted to the beasts and travelling along the Vesacarballa waterwheel route. Night-time is reserved for enjoying the festival.
+ info: www.rapadasbestas.es
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.
Events: Opening speech delivered by invited celebrities. Competition-tasting. Bidding for winning omelettes. Dinner in the “carballeira” (oak grove) and musical performances featuring traditional groups, street bands and orchestras.
Every year, the organising commission, and householders work hard to make hundreds of different kinds of omelettes: with cod, peppers, chorizo, meat, prawns…
About 2,000 portions are served (a lot of people bring their own food), while 1,000 litres of food are distributed free of charge to those buying small bowls and jugs. Small bowls sell for € 2, while a jug costs € 10. There are also t-shirts, polo shirts, drinking jars and omelette flipper on sale.
The organisation arranges bus rides to Laro from Silleda, A Bandeira and Lalín.
Since 1999, the town of Silleda has held this festival promoting ham foreleg, one of the area’s characteristic products.
Events: Characteristic dish served in a marquee. Traditional music groups, ending with a performance by several orchestras.
The dinner begins at 10 pm, under the marquee set up in Plaza da Feira Vella. The average attendance is around 1,500, which gives us an idea of how important the festival has become in a short time. The difficulty of preparing the delicacy in two different ways, boiled or roasted, has been overcome thanks to the collaboration of several bakeries, which make their ovens available free of charge, and a company from Lalín that boils the product. In this way, the 270 ham forelegs are ready for serving.
The Organization recommends booking and paying in advance at the usual places.
Menu: boiled or roasted ham foreleg, cheese and quince, bread, wine and soft drinks.
A gastronomy event declared a Galician Tourist Festival in 1999. The festival has been held since 1974 and is one of the most popular in Galicia. It stands out as the first in promoting such a typically Galician product, and due to the singularity of the events organised by the Association of Galician Pie Friends and registered clubs (almost 150).
Events: Opening speech. Competition-tasting. Awards ceremony. Bidding for winning pies. Dinner for club members. Esmorga Folk Festival featuring traditional music.
The festival consists of a pie competition in the categories of restaurants and housewives, which goes through the phases of product presentation, selection of short list, tasting and scoring by an expert jury. It ends with bidding for the prize-winning pies, followed by consumption in groups of persons organised into “Peñas” (clubs).
The festive day features different popular events with music band performances, regional dance and traditional music groups, as dictated by the organization’s statutes.
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Every year more than 1,500 people gather to savour the biggest paella made in Galicia with 1,000 kg of rice. The festival started in 2001 and has already been consolidated as an important event in the Municipality of Silleda’s festive calendar.
Events: Tasting of paella dish made with meat, chicken, mussels, tomato, beans and rice in a clay casserole and served in a marquee. Traditional music performances.
The organising committee arranges for one of the biggest known paellas to be made, using 1,000 kilos of the best rice in a unique paella pan heated with firewood. Thanks to a perfectly organised distribution system, using commemorative casseroles, close to 2,000 people wait inside a large marquee to enjoy this famous dish.
Start time: 10 pm
Menu: paella in complementary casserole, cheese and quince, bread, wine, soft drinks and coffee with eau-de-vie.
+ info: www.festadapaella.es
The “Fiesta del Melindre y de la Repostería Tradicional de Terra de Melide” was declared a Festival of Tourist Interest in 2013. It is held every year on the second Sunday in May and its main venue is the Municipality of Melide’s Praza do Convento, where exhibitors gather.
Although for many years the festival was known as the “Fiesta del Melindre,” in recent years the tribute has been extended to include all the characteristic and traditional confectionery made in Melide and its surroundings. Specifically, there are three products that reflect the area’s baking tradition: “melindre,” “rico” and “almendrado”.
With the goal of protecting, promoting and reviving the traditional way of baking, every year Melide organises its “Fiesta del Melindre.” The objective is to pay tribute to a baking style rooted in traditional ways, while ensuring that it survives into the future.
This year the “Fiesta del Melindre” reaches its 23rd year.
+ info: www.concellodemelide.org
“Romaría do Rapaz,” classified as unique in Galicia and Spain, stands out due to the fact that 90% of its organization is carried out by children, from 4 to 12 years old. It also stands out due to the place where it is held, a natural setting of particular beauty, a characteristic “carballeira” with centuries-old oaks surrounding the famous Sanctuary of La Saleta, in the parish of Siador.
The recreational event’s customary program includes workshops in the morning and afternoon, parks with inflatables, multi-adventure activities and traditional games.
In parallel to these activities, at 12.30 pm, the missionaries of La Salette organise a children’s Eucharist and, between 4 and 7 pm, simultaneous chess games are organised by the local Ágora group.
Throughout the day, the public can enjoy other entertainment initiatives featuring clowns, magicians and musical performances, such as that of Silleda’s Children’s and Youth Music Band. Finally, one of the festival’s “star” attractions begins at 7 pm, with a traditional parade featuring models wearing clothes made by the... read more
A gastronomy festival that is held in Carballeiro do Souto in the parish of San Fins de Sales (Vedra) with free tasting of pig’s ear all day long, accompanied by musical performances. There are also stalls selling sweet “orejas,” octopus, barbecued meat…
+ info: www.vedraturismo.com
An event declared a Festival of Galician Tourist Interest that receives an important number of visitors from all over Galicia every year. This festival was one of the first “filloa” (crepe) festivals held in Galicia, being centred on an exclusively Galician product, just like other traditional products accompanying it (honey, chorizo…), although there are similar desserts in other regions and countries. In view of its age, we can determine that it originated as a genuine promotion of this characteristic Entroido (Galician Carnival) product.
The queen of the festival and the traditional gastronomic product on Galician dining tables for more than 300 years is the “filloa”, also known in some areas as “freixó” or “marrucho.” It is made with egg, milk, water, flour and salt, mixing it to make a dough, a light and liquid cream called “almoado”; its great quality lies in the artisans skill to maintain the right temperature of the stones and of the filloeiros, where the “filloas” are made, and their thinness.
The parish’s Festival Commission organises this event,... read more
This is the municipality’s festival with the greatest tradition and attendance. People are attracted by several activities: cultural (awards ceremony, exhibitions, tributes), sports (traditional games, cycling), gastronomic (traditional lunch) and recreational activities (inflatables and musical entertainment).
SAN ISIDRO 2014 PROGRAMME
- 9 am Firecrackers and “Alborada” in Urdilde and Rois.
- 1 pm Solemn mass in the parish church of San Mamede de Rois.
- 2 pm Festivities in the Rois sports hall:
Presentation of the Festival by the mayor, Ramón Tojo Lens
“Toda unha vida” tribute
“San Isidro Labrador” tribute
Artistic-literary awards ceremony. Short story and poetry
- 3 pm Lunch in Rois sports hall
- 4 pm After-dinner music and entertainment
- 4.30 pm Inflatables
+ info: www.concelloderois.org
The Pilgrimage to San Breixo, in the Municipality of Touro, includes a religious celebration featuring solemn mass followed by an open-air fiesta with tasting of Galician-style octopus. Different musical performances and other festive activities are held throughout the day.
The pilgrimage and local holiday in honour of St. Isabel are held in the Municipality of Touro on the first Saturday in July. The festivities include solemn mass and a picnic featuring Galician-style octopus.
The “Xenerais da Ulla” is the most outstanding feature of the Ulla region’s traditional Carnival. It has been held in the surroundings of Santiago since the first half of the 19th century: the “Xenerais” (generals) ride on horseback, dressed in colourful military garments similar to those of that time, but they also include purely carnivalesque adornments, which the horses also wear.
The finery, of both the “Xenerais” and their horses, stand out due to their tradition, originality, colours and degree of elaboration, making them highly valuable.
The “Entroido da Ulla” (Carnival) originated in the first half of the 19th century and is based on the combats that took place in the region during that century: the invasion of Napoleon’s army, the 1846 revolution and the Carlist wars. Its main characters are therefore brightly coloured figures that recreate those historical episodes.
“Xenerais” and adorned dispatch riders make up the spectacular nature of this authentic expression of Galicia’s traditional Carnival.
In view of its great interest, in September 2013... read more
Coinciding with the second weekend in May, Oroso holds its Trout Festival, an event declared to be of Tourist Interest that has the objective of bringing together residents and visitors to enjoy a couple of festive days. The 18th festival will be held in 2014.
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The Trout Festival includes all kinds of activities for all ages. The upcoming Oroso festival will be held in Vivo, featuring the performance of the best orchestras in Alameda de Gois. The craft fair, along with the antique car show, will satisfy the curiosity of visitors. The streets will be full of music and folk performances, without overlooking children, who will be able to enjoy different activities.
This year, the fishing competition for adults will be held on Saturday. On Sunday, trout will be the main feature with the tasting of trout dishes in participating bars and in Alameda de Gois. The opening speech will be read at 1.30 pm, followed by the Xantar Popular (traditional lunch). Tickets for... read more
The Arzúa Cheese Festival, declared a Festival of Galician Tourist Interest, is held on the first weekend in March.
Since 1975, every first weekend in March, cheese and culture are the main features in Arzúa. The festival and the town are transformed by a whirlwind of gastronomic, musical, cultural, artisanal, technological, traditional and innovative events.
The star product is Arzúa-Ulloa cheese, which in 1986 was awarded the category of Galician Quality Product and enjoys its own Protected Designation of Origin classification. It shares space in the showground with other Galician products with designation of origin classifications, with homemade cheeses and other cheeses from different parts of Spain and Europe.
The festival’s objective is to combine gastronomy and culture, familiarising children and youth with cheese by means of different activities. One of these is the organization of the Cheese Festival with two days of music for everyone. On Saturday there is rock, electro-rock, fusion, funk, hybrid and hip-hop. Sunday is devoted to Galician music, featuring today’s best artists. The following have... read more
Declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, the Stew Festival is a tribute to one of the outstanding dishes of Galician gastronomy. It is held on the Sunday before the Carnival festival and with the passing of the years, it has become one of the main gastronomy festivals in Galicia and even in the Iberian Peninsula. It began in 1968, with the objective of exalting and promoting the town of Lalín as a point of reference in the production of quality meat and excellent farm products.
The Festival features an extensive programme of events and activities that take place in the first three months of the year; the main day is celebrated with a colourful parade of carriages, street bands and carnival groups, the reading of an opening speech and the appointment of Knight Commanders of Galician Stew.
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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.
Tourist Office: 666 430 458
Pilgrimage held in honour of St. John the Baptist in the parish of Santa Baia de Losón. It is famous for curing ailments of the spirit such as the evil eye, depressions, spells or diabolic possessions. The event is also known as the “fiesta del meigallo.”
During two days, different religious ceremonies are held in honour of “Nuestra Señora del Corpiño.” After mass, the moment of greatest devotion takes place when the “Virgen del Corpiño” is carried in a procession by the pilgrims, who surround the Sanctuary and pass underneath the image of Our Lady, thereby showing their veneration and asking for her protection.
It is a traditional festival that also features, apart from the pilgrimage to the sanctuary, fine food, drink, games for children and musical performances.
The feast of the “Virgen del Corpiño” is held on March 25.
+ info: www.santuario-corpino.es
Lalín’s feast day is held on the first Sunday after September 18th in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows. The festivities last for 5 days, since Monday and Tuesday are local holidays.
An extensive festive, musical and recreational programme is organised for the enjoyment of Lalín residents, as well as the numerous visitors that come to the municipality during these days.
The festival also features an offering to Our Lady of Sorrows, followed by a procession at midday on Sunday, accompanied by Lalín’s Music Band.
+ info: www.lalin.org
A characteristic festival beside the River Ulla, in the Agronovo Recreational Area (Vedra). A chub fishing competition is held at the same time.
Registration for the 15th Chub Fishing Competition on the Ulla is free and can be done on the same day from 9.30 am onwards.
There will be several musical performances throughout the day and at 2 pm, the opening speech will be read. Another feature is stalls that serve octopus to those in attendance. The awards ceremony is at 7 pm. There will also be a demonstration about how to prepare flies by the artisan fly-maker Rafael de la Iglesias.
The Agronovo Recreational Area features sunshades and traditional boats for rent on Saturday and Sunday afternoon in July and August. It is also equipped with barbecues, tables, toilets… It is located on an official trekking route (San Xoán da Cova) and is an area of great environmental and scenic value.
More information: 981 814 691 / 609 871 278 / 603... read more
The Municipality of Touro takes advantage of its traditional festival on the 5th to pay tribute to its residents that have emigrated to other regions and countries, and who come home in August to spend their holidays with the family.
The Emigrant Festival is a meeting place for locals who live, above all, in Catalonia, the Basque Country, France, Switzerland and Germany. The event, which begins at 12 noon and lasts well into the evening, features bagpipe groups and street bands. There are also traditional “pulpeiras” (octopus cooks) and stalls selling Galician products.
Like the 5th of every month, the Municipality of Touro holds its local market, but on this occasion it is devoted especially to chestnuts.
In this market, held from 9 am to 3 pm, visitors will find a range of agricultural and food products, with chestnuts and autumn products being the main feature of the day. There will also be the customary stalls selling clothes and footwear.
From 11 am to 3 pm, those in attendance can enjoy a traditional Galician-style octopus dish. Starting at midday, there is a “magosto” (meal featuring roasted chestnuts), a show featuring cakes made with characteristic autumn products and a display of decorated pumpkins outside the Town Hall.
Like the 5th of every month, the Municipality of Touro holds its local market, but on this occasion it is devoted especially to the festivity of Epiphany. On such a special day for children, visitors can enjoy a Nativity Scene featuring real people, to which the Three Wise Men will come along with their pages, with lots of gifts for young ones.
In this market, held from 9 am to 3 pm, visitors will find a range of agricultural and food products, as well as the customary stalls selling clothes and footwear.
From 11 am to 3 pm, those in attendance can enjoy a traditional Galician-style octopus dish.
Every first Saturday in July, the parish of Loxo holds its pilgrimage and local holiday in honour of St. Sebastian. It is a popular festivity that includes solemn mass. The festive day ends with a picnic featuring Galician-style octopus.
From 1984 to date, every first weekend in August, the Municipality of Val do Dubra pays tribute to its residents who have emigrated and its visitors.
It is a very popular festival, attracting visitors from the regions of Bergantiños, Xallas, Barcala, Ordes and Santiago. Around 20,000 people gather for the two-day event.
The festival features the participation of the entire town, emigrants and visitors. The activities are designed for young children, youth, adults and senior citizens. There is also room for culture, music and sports, all of which results in a festival with a lot of participation.
Every year, coinciding with the local holiday, Bembibre’s Campo de la Feria hosts the “Día da Exaltación da Empanada” (Galician Pie Day). In order to carry out this popular event, the Municipality of Val do Dubra is helped by local bakeries, which exhibit their different varieties and recipes.
The festival features musical entertainment and stalls offering Galician-style octopus.
The local holiday in honour of San Roque that is held in Melide in August. The festivities generally begin on the 12th and continue until the 20th.
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Visitors can enjoy the Medieval Pilgrim Market and a wide range of musical performances by popular orchestras and artists, as well as different cultural programmes each day.
Melide’s population is triplicated during the holiday, which contributes to a lively, festive atmosphere.
On July 16, Melide celebrates the feast of El Carmen with a lot of emotion and devotion for the Saint, even though it is not a coastal town.
Throughout this month, the chapel of El Carmen becomes a real pilgrimage site for Melide’s residents. The festival is organised by the Guild of El Carmen, which is in charge of looking after the chapel and collecting the funds required to hold the fiesta. Hundreds of barefooted people participate in the procession on this day, in honour of Our Lady of El Carmen. During the festive days, religious services are held, as well as traditional open-air dances accompanied by popular orchestras.
San Caralampio is held in Melide on the second Sunday in September. This festival, also known as the Festival of the Drunks, has Bacchus reminiscences and is devoted to wine.
Melide’s historic district fills with young people, who gather in groups of friends dressed in personalised T-shirts and with the festival’s scarf. From early morning, they enjoy the entertainment featuring street bands in the company of wine, both drinking it and throwing it at each other. At lunchtime, those in attendance are served a dish of peppers, cachelos (boiled potatoes) and sardines in Praza das Coles.