Are you going to spend the weekend in Barcelona?

October 30th, 2019

Don’t forget that between Thursday and Friday we are going to celebrate the ‘Castanyada’. 

Image by Jacqueline Macou from Pixabay

The ‘Castanyada’ is a popular fiesta and it is celebrated on the All Saints Eve. This is related with the harvest of the fruit that has its name, the chestnuts, and with the autumn. For this reason, since from some weeks ago, we can already enjoy this celebration buying some toasted chestnuts at the stands which are situated in some streets of the city. 

And, which is one of the most important thing that usually goes with this popular celebration? The gastronomy. Panallets, toasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes, candied fruit… accompanied -that’s only for adult people and you should take it with moderation- by the typical drink of this season, muscatel. 

A big meal worthy for sharing with family and friends. 

And in order to keep up the fiesta, you should sing the famous song ‘La Castanyera’-the woman who sells chestnuts-:

Quan ve el temps de menjar castanyes 

la castanyera, la castanyera, 

ven castanyes de la muntanya, 

a la plaça de la ciutat; 

la camisa li va petita, 

la faldilla li fa campana, 

les sabates li fan cloc-cloc 

i en ballar sempre gira així.

 

When it’s time to eat chestnuts

the chestnut seller, the chestnut seller, 

she sells chestnuts from the mountain, 

at the square of the city;

she wears a small shirt,

she wears a bell skirt,

the shoes make cloc-cloc sounds

and when she is dancing she always spin like this.

¿Have you paid attention to the activities of these days in Barcelona? This week, we are preparing ourselves for the “Castanyada”

October 24th, 2017

Although the popular party is going to be celebrated at All Saints’ Day, the 1st of November, during this week, we will be able to enjoy some of the activities which will be celebrated on the occasion of this festivity. And the most important, we can stuff ourselves with chestnuts and “panellets”.

Maybe some people don’t know it yet, but the chestnuts, the fruit of the chestnut tree, are very typical in Catalonia, in special during their harvest season, which coincides with October and the beginnings of November. For this reason, in the middle of some streets, we can find the typical stand with the “castanyera” (the person who sells chestnuts), roasting chestnuts and selling them in a cone, made by a sheet of newspaper, and accompanied by roasted sweet potatoes. And, as far as we are concerned, at home, we have never achieved ones as good as the ones we bought in these stands.

On the other hand, these days, the “panellets” are also very typical. They are little cakes, make by a sweet dough, which contains: sugar, ground raw almond, egg and potato or sweet potato. There are the chocolate ones, the coconut, the candied fruit and, for us the best ones: the pine nut ones.

If these days you are in Barcelona, you can enjoy all the organized activities and taste some of these culinary delicacies. And, then? Going to pedal in order to burn all these sweets and being able to repeat 😉