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.
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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.
“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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Proof of the importance acquired by the festival is the price attained by a prize-winning pie, up to... read more