Compostela is the perfect city for going out for a drink and tapas, especially at the beginning of summer with the “Santiago(é)Tapas” Competition. Participants follow several routes of bars and restaurants, trying traditional and creative creations at an attractive price, to choose and vote for their favourite tapas. They use an original “Tapasporte” to collect stamps certifying this gastronomy “pilgrimage” that rewards the best eaters.
More information: www.santiagoetapas.com
From March 22nd to 31st, 2013, 'Santiago Pasión' is held in the city. It is a gastronomy programme during which dates the city restaurants offer thematic menus, at a fixed special reduced price of €18(*): Lenten and Vigil dishes, monastic cuisine, etc.
And, besides, a special gift!!!
All the customers of SANTIAGO PASIÓN will receive a gift (a set of culinary books).
(*) Includes a three-course menu with coffee, water and side bread (from two possible menus in each restaurant). Menus available for lunch and dinner.
Restaurants SANTIAGO PASIÓN:
Restaurante AC Palacio del Carmen
Restaurante A Charca
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
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/
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... read more
In 2014, the municipality of A Estrada will hold its 14th 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 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.
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.
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
Religious pilgrimage. It is held at the end of August near the village of Beca, in the parish of Bastavales. The pilgrims go to a forest where the stone figure of St. André, possibly from Castro Lupario, is venerated. During this popular pilgrimage, sardines, cornbread, boiled potatoes and wine are served.
The Brión Horse Fair is a horse-riding event that is held in September in the hills of Rañalonga, normally the weekend before the “Romería de Santa Minia.”
In an area prepared for the occasion, during two days the festival attracts numerous horse lovers who attend a horse route and several horse-riding competitions: horse races, donkey races, enclosing steers, gymkhana, pulling and breaking-in. In recent years, a releasing of heifers has also been introduced. In relation to food, visitors have the opportunity of tasting Galician-style octopus.
The event is organised by the Brión Horse Fair Association, with the collaboration of Brión Town Council and the Provincial Council of A Coruña.
The Santa Minia Pilgrimage is by far the municipality of Brión’s most important festival due to its popularity and number of visitors. Every year, thousands of pilgrims come to the chapel of the martyred saint from different parts of Galicia, to participate in an event that combines religious fervour and secular festivities.
The chapel where the saint is venerated is located in the village of Pedrouzos, beside the leafy “carballeira” (oak grove) that bears the name of Santa Minia. Every year, the pilgrims that come to the sanctuary with their ex-votos and prayers for the saint gather in the surroundings.
In addition to masses and the not-to-be-missed visit to the church, where you can see the wax figure of the martyred girl in a glass urn, visitors can enjoy a great festive atmosphere featuring open-air dances and “pulperías,” where visitors can savour the festival’s main gastronomic attraction: Galician-style octopus.
St. Minia was a young Roman girl who was martyred for her faith in the 4th century. In the mid-19th century, a Brión emigrant working in Cadiz brought the saint’s... read more
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.