In Autumn, a lot of cultural and gastronomic happenings take place which makes this a great time to visit the city.
The day after Halloween is a national Spanish holiday: El Día de Todos los Santos is a day for honoring and remembering friends and family who have passed away. If you go around the city on this day, you’ll see flower vendors everywhere. The flowers are meant for the graves, to pay a tribute to those who’ve passed away.
A Spanish tradition would not be a Spanish tradition if there’d be no food, right? ‘La Castanyada’ is a Catalan festivity which indicates for many people the start of the cooler months. On this particular day, families gather together to eat seasonal food: Castañas (Chestnuts), Panellets (Pine Kernel buns), and Sweet Potatoes.
During the festival of the chestnut, families gather around all over Barcelona to roast chestnuts and sweet potatoes while drinking Moscatel, a popular Catalan sweet wine. Picture yourself strolling down the streets of Barcelona on a cold day while holding your packet of steaming hot Castañas in your hand. Usually, they’re wrapped in newspaper, as they did in the past. Make sure to have some room in your stomach once you walk into the next delicacy. Have you ever heard of ‘Panellets’? These small marzipan-based treats have a sweet taste and are topped with almonds, pine nuts, coconut, orange syrup, chocolate, just to name a few options. It’s a must to try a few to get the full autumn experience.
Another local dish that is worth trying is the Calçots. Once this cross between a spring onion and a leek is in season, locals enjoy the Calçotada. During this winter barbecue, the Calçots are put together on a grill. Once it’s finished, the layer can be removed and your Calçot is ready to be dipped in romesco sauce. But delicacy probably deserves its own article… stay tuned for more.