Spain Travel Experience: Chestnuts Roasting…

Posted by | October 23, 2013 | Barcelona, Culture, Food, Gastronomy, Spain, Travel, Wine | No Comments

It’s fall in New York City which means that chestnuts will soon be roasting but in Spain they are already one step ahead of us and it begins with a festival.  Spain is famous for its festivals so why not celebrate chestnuts?

Chestnuts roasting

Chestnuts roasting

The Castanyada is a very traditional festival only celebrated in the Catalunya region of Spain in the fall, typically the last weekend of October.  This year it falls on October 31st and November 1st.  One could say that this is the Spanish version of Halloween as it is now becoming more and more popular for children and adults to dress up in costume.

As you may have already figured out, the main attraction is chestnuts but also sweet potatoes and a little something called panellets.  Panellets are small sweets made with almonds, pignoli nuts or hazelnuts, sometimes even chocolate….delicious!  And what do you do with all these sweet treats?  Well, you have them for dessert or as a snack.  Panellets are often accompanied by Moscatel.  Moscatel is a sweet wine made from the Muscat variety of grapes and what’s a celebration if you don’t include the wine?

Sweet treats of panellets, roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes and don't forget the wine.  Typical dish of Catalonia, Spain, for All Saints Day celebration.

Sweet treats of panellets, roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes and don’t forget the wine. Typical dish of Catalonia, Spain, for All Saints Day celebration.

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