The Municipal Band, conducted by Casiano Mouriño, performs works by Rossini, Liszt and Sorozábal.
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.
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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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
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 “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
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.
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.