Gastronomy is one of Galicia’s main attractions: the quality and variety of local produce, the lasting traditions and evolution while respecting the past form the basis of Galician cuisine. Local products, whether crops or livestock or, especially, from the sea, have their own special characteristics and are cooked in ways that are traditional and thoughtful, home-made, unhurried, plentiful and varied, giving rise to a special, highly-renowned and much-appreciated cuisine.
The importance of gastronomy for Galicians can be seen in more than 300 food fairs that are held throughout the year all over the Autonomous Region. These celebrations of produce from the land, which generate so much interest among visitors, originated from local or regional celebrations commemorating typical traditions, friends’ meetings, or are held to coincide with harvests or religious festivals, like the pilgrimages, where fulfilment of a promise to the Saint is completed with a traditional meal. Continue reading »