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Turning a Festival of Taste into a Touristic Adventure: Calçotada in Spain

Learn about Calçotada, Catalonia's traditional onion festival featuring Calçots – young white onions roasted over an open flame, served with special sauces. Explore the history, legend, and festivities of this unique Spanish culinary tradition.


Learn about Calçotada, Catalonia's traditional onion festival featuring Calçots – young white onions roasted over an open flame, served with special sauces. Explore the history, legend, and festivities of this unique Spanish culinary tradition.
Discover the Catalan Tradition of Calçotada: A Celebration of Onions in Spain | FENIX.info

Calçotada, or the onion festival, is a true Catalan gastronomic show, embodying taste and traditions. This unique festival, based on the amazing taste of calçots and sauces, attracts culture and fine cuisine enthusiasts from all over the world.


About Calçots


Calçots are a special type of onion, grown with special care and harvested at the end of winter when their taste becomes rich and sweet. This young and long onion undergoes traditional grilling over an open flame, after which its juicy core is served at the table. Grilled calçots are usually accompanied by a variety of sauces, among which the traditional Catalan sauce Romesco, rich in the flavor of red pepper and nuts, is especially popular.


During Calçotada


During Calçotada, the main streets and squares of Catalan cities turn into arenas for gastronomic battles and culinary festivities. Residents compete in onion and sauce preparation and organize tastings and contests for the fastest food intake. This festival is also accompanied by thematic parades, fairs, and numerous interesting events.


The history of Calçotada is imbued with centuries-old traditions and legends


According to one legend, the first calçot was grown in the town of Valls over two hundred years ago, and its recipe and cooking tradition have been passed down from generation to generation. The town of Valls has become a symbol of this unique festival, where solemn events are held every year in honor of the harvest and taste.


Immerse yourself in the world of authentic Spanish culture and cuisine by visiting Calçotada in Catalonia. Embark on an unforgettable journey of taste and traditions that will be remembered for a lifetime.


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