Wine And Food Festivals Of The Alto Genal
The Alto Genal is the place to be in November! Four of the seven small villages scattered around the Alto Genal valley have a special festival celebrating an important aspect of local produce. But this is Andalucia so there is plenty of joyful partying – eating and dancing and joining in the celebration.
CARTAJIMA – MOSTO
When? Last Saturday in November.
Mosto is a young white wine made in all the villages but Cartajima celebrates the harvest every year with a fabulous party! After the formal tasting by professional wine-tasters, the numbered-for-secrecy wines are distributed for the non-professionals to enjoy. Lunch and live music, stands selling local produce, verdiales (a local flamenco form), and of course a bar. Dance till the early hours fuelled by local food and wine. Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) here
PUJERRA – CHESTNUTS
When? The first weekend in November
Over the weekend 1st and 2nd November, Pujerra will celebrate the chestnut harvest with all-day and all-night dancing and merry-making. Roasted chestnuts will be available all day – traditionally paired with a shot of anis – delicious. Tasting of over fifty products made with chestnuts. There will also be an interesting exhibition of traditional artefacts used by chestnut farmers. Don’t miss this lively event – stay with us in Cartajima, just 20 minutes drive away. Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) here
PARAUTA – RABBIT
When? second weekend in November
On the 10th November the residents of Parauta will be putting on their aprons to prepare their favourite rabbit and rice dish to share with neighbours and visitors alike. Of course, the inevitable Andalucian all-night dancing and partying and merry-making! Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) here
JUZCAR: MUSHROOMS AND OTHER EDIBLE FUNGI
When? the second weekend in November
A 3-day fun conference exploring many aspects of fungi. Be aware, however, that Juzcar is now the world’s first (did someone say, and the last!) Smurf town and is a centre of mass tourism. To escape the blues, stay in traditional Cartajima while enjoying the fascinating fungi story. This is last year’s poster so don’t be confused by the dates! Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)