Galician gastronomic festivals

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  • 1. GALICIAN FOOD FESTIVALS AND THEIR ECONOMIC REPERCUSSION
  • 2. INDEX
    • Introduction
    • Festivals of Tourist National Interest:
      • Shellfish of O Grove
      • Wine Albariño of Cambados
      • Octopus in Carballiño
      • Lamprey in Arbo
      • Arnoia ‘s pepper
    • Festivals of Tourist Galician Interest:
      • Lalin ‘s stew
      • Bandeira ‘s pie in Silleda
  • 3. INTRODUCTION
    • Galicia is known internationally as a gastronomic paradise. The quality and the variety of the products remains demonstrated by more than 30 Galician products with DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN, some of them with Denomination of Origin Protected (DOP), so in order to show the qualities of the Galician products, many gastronomic festivals take place throughout the year. According to a study published in the book FESTA‘S IN GALICIA, there are more than 8.000 annual festivals of which it 1.575 are gastronomic.
    • Geographically the populations close to the sea celebrate festivals related to the products of the sea, and almost always they are celebrated in summer . On the other hand, in the interior of Galicia, where the pork is king , they are celebrated more in winter.
    • We must not forget the excellent Galician wines with five Denominations of Origin (Ribeiro, Valdeorras, You Laugh Baixas, Ribeira Sacra and Monterrei), and their festivals.
    • Some travelers say they come to Galicia only for its gastronomy, so these festivals are used to promote tourism i in Galicia .
  • 4. FESTIVALS DECLARED OF TOURIST NATIONAL INTEREST
  • 5. FESTIVAL OF THE SHELLFISH OF O GROVE
    • During the second week of October, of O Grove (Pontevedra) celebrates its
    • festival of the Shellfish. This gastronomic - cultural event emphasizes the basic products of the economy of this coastal village: tourism and fishing. What started as a small festival became very popular at the end of the eighties in such a way that the party has been declared of Tourist National Interest. Different stalls selling seafood and fish are opened to the public at popular prices. It is obvious that this is one of the best shop windows of their products, since more than 200.000 visitors came to O Grove in the last edition.
  • 6. FESTIVAL OF CAMBADOS ALBARIÑO WINE
    • It is the oldest wine festival in Galicia and the second one in Spain and is declared of Tourist National Interest. Celebrated from 1952, this party brings every year thousands of tourists from all the corners of the peninsula. The grape albariño has been improved up to the creation of what today we know as D.O Rías Baixas, denomination of origin created in 1988, which a lot of wine cellars produce. During the first week of August, the wine cellars of albariño open to the public, where they offer their wines that can be accompanied of typically Galician tapas as GAlician pie or octopus . THe New Route of Wine of Ribeiro in Cambados has been certified. With this certificate, the Region of Ribeiro with its 52 establishments is part of a select group of l 11 routes of wine in Spain.
  • 7. FESTIVAL OF THE OCTOPUS IN CARBALLIÑO
    • The festival of Carballiño's octopus is celebrated on the second sunday of August, in a Park in O Carballiño, in the banks of the Arenteiro.
    • Although the region of O Carballiño does not have sea, it was a tradition to bring the dry octopus to Osera's monastery and there to use it as currency to exchange it for inland products.This festival was declared of Tourist National Interest in 1992, and year after year beats records of attendance, up to 70.000 visitors.
    • This product is one of the oldest in Galician
    • gastronomy and the fourth sector in importance
    • in the Interior Brute Product of the region.
  • 8. FESTIVAL OF THE LAMPREY IN ARBO
    • Every January lamprey is allowed to be caught.
    • In April, when the fishing season finishes, a party is
    • celebrated in Arbo,by the river Miño. Hundreds of
    • Enthusiasts of the lamprey have an appointment in
    • Arbo, to celebrate this popular gastronomic festival
    • that has come to its 48 th edition, so it is the oldest
    • in Galicia. It was declared of Tourist National Interest.
    • People can taste the speciality of lamprey
    • to the "bordoñesa", as well as other preparations at a reasonable price.
  • 9. FESTIVAL OF ARNOIA'S PEPPER
    • Declared Festival of Tourist Interest
    • Many festivals are celebrated in Arnoia's
    • municipality, at least sixteen throughout the year. But
    • The Festival of the Pepper ", which had its first edition in the year 1980, is the most important. Arnoia's peppers are known in the whole of Galicia and are used in many recipes.
    • Today the production and marketing of the pepper in this region is very important for the local economy. Peppers are cooked in different ways for visitors who come to this festival. After 23
    • years of celebration, Arnoia's town hall
    • consolidates " Festa do Pemento " as one of the
    • important events of promotion of a gastronomic
    • product of Galicia .
  • 10. FESTIVALS DECLARED OF TOURIST GALICIAN INTEREST
  • 11. FESTIVAL OF LALÍN'S STEW
    • The origins of the party go back to 1968.
    • In 1999 it was declared
    • of Tourist Interest of Galicia. This party is
    • celebrated on the Sunday previous to the Carnival
    • and is one of the first gastronomic parties of the
    • year in Galicia and an event known abroad.
    • Last year there were about 60.000
    • visitors. In the Field of the Fair, they install places
    • to taste, exhibit and sell
    • their products (sausages, meat of pork
    • and bull, vegetables …).
    • The last edition had an innovation: the LALÍN PORK
    • ART, an artistic exhibition of 25 figures of pigs.
  • 12. FESTIVAL OF BANDEIRA'S PIE IN SILLEDA
    • The Festival of the Pie has half a century of life.
    • It consists of a contest of pies among restaurants and
    • housewives, who compete with their own recipes.
    • There is a presentation of the product, finalists'
    • selection, degustation and evaluation by a jury.
    • The party ends with the public auction of the recipes:
    • on some occasions they pay important sums of
    • money destined to charitable purposes. The prices reached by
    • some of the winning pies can be more than 1.600 €
    • The origin of the party is related
    • to the pilgrims that were coming
    • along the French Way to visit the
    • tomb of the Apostle Santiago in the
    • Cathedral of Santiago. The pie was
    • given to them by the innkeepers
    • on their way.
  • 13. GALICIAN IS DIFFERENT
    • COME TO DISCOVER IT