Festivals of Food and Wine in 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? Saturday November 30th, 2013 from 2 pm till whenever

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.

PUJERRA – CHESTNUTS

When? 1 – 2 November, 2013

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.

Toston - toasting chestnuts in Pujerra

Toston – toasting chestnuts in Pujerra

PARAUTA – RABBIT

When? 15th – 16th November, 2013

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!

JUZCAR: MUSHROOMS AND OTHER EDIBLE FUNGI

When? 8, 9, 10 November, 2013

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!

Juzcar fungi festival