Spain Festivals: October

Posted by | October 04, 2013 | Culture, Food, Inspiration, Music, Spain, Travel | No Comments
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When you think of Spain, you probably also think of its many festivals.  Spain is known for its festivals, of all kinds.  Since it’s October, we thought we would highlight some of the festivals taking place this month that we think are most interesting.  Perhaps one of these might inspire a trip to Spain….which is your favorite festival in Spain?

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Photo courtesy of yumit.com

1.  Seafood Festival

Yes, it exists and it sounds amazing!  The Seafood Festival, a gastronomic feast of seafood, actually begins today, October 4th, and lasts until October 13th.  It is one of the most important gastronomic festivals that takes place in all of Spain.  This festival has continued to grow year after year with thousands of people coming from all over to enjoy the seafood delights.  The Seafood Festival has become so popular it now goes by the unofficial name “Seafood Paradise”.  Mussels, lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters, scallops, cockles among others, can be sampled.  Of course you can’t try the seafood without accompanying it with a nice glass of Ribeiro or Albarino.  Along with all the seafood, you will also find music and dancing and even petanque competitions.

 

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Photo courtesy of spainbymikerandolph.com

2.  Fiestas del Pilar

This festival takes place in Zaragoza and begins tomorrow, October 5th through October 13th.  It is a celebration of the city’s patron saint, Virgen Pilar.  One of the biggest days of the festival is on October 12th when people come to see the virgin with their offerings of flowers.  Thousands and thousands of flowers are piled around the virgin.  On October 13th there are food offerings and for the grand finale there is a fireworks display.

 

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Photo courtesy of spainisculture.com

3.  Saffron Festival

The Saffron Festival takes place in the town of Consuegra in Castilla La Mancha from October 26-27.  The festival celebrates Saffron.  The Saffron grown in this part of Spain is considered the best in the world and even has its own DO (Denominacion de Origen).  The spice comes from a small purple crocus flower which takes 2-3 weeks to harvest.  The “stigma” is separated from the flower  and then left to dry.  Once it is dry, it is ready to be sold and used in recipes.  The Saffron festival takes place after the harvest.  The town gathers together to celebrate this spice with music and of course saffron recipe competitions.

 

Photo courtesy of aesedepece via Flickr

Photo courtesy of aesedepece via Flickr

4.  Sevilla Guitar Festival

And the last October festival on our list is the Sevilla Guitar Festival.  The festival takes place from October 15-19 in Sevilla.  As the name implies, guitar music fills the city.  Classical, jazz and flamenco performances and concerts take place throughout the city.  There are also various guitar competitions.

 

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