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
During an entire weekend, Padrón will hold its Medieval Fair for the 9th time. Visit medieval Padrón and you will find activities for both parents and children, fire and dance shows, falconry displays and lot of surprises!