La Castanyada tradition.
On the All Saints Day public holiday – is called “La Castanyada” – which means chestnut time. This is tradition of eating “castanyes” (roasted chestnuts,) “moniatos” (sweet potatoes,) “panellets” (cakes) and drinking muscatel sweet wine.
The chestnuts and sweet potatoes come from the “castanyers i castanyeres” who roast them on charcoal grills and sell them from street corner stalls from October to end February.
The idea is to eat something warm as the weather turns cold, but often when the first chestnut stalls appear on the streets in October, many are still in T-shirts.
The Castanyada tradition started around fifty years ago and stalls are set up from autumn to february on the streets. What are Panellets? Panellets are small, round and sweet cakes made in all different varieties.
The most typical one is ground almonds in a dough and layered with pine nuts, but you can find many other delicious panellets with almonds, coconut, lemon, chocolate and many other flavors. You buy the panellets at your local Patisseria or baker.