The night of October 31st is celebrated in Barcelona with a traditional holidays in Catalonia: the Castanyada. With the arrival of colder weather, it is a pleasure to sit by the fire and enjoy the "panellets", which are authentic delicacies in the shape of small cakes that can be found in any bakery in the Catalan city.
In addition, throughout the city you can find a "castanyera" lady who roasts and sells chestnuts.
Chestnuts and sweets for all
In the days preceding the Day of All Saints (Día de Todos los Santos), roasted chestnuts are a traditional food sold in Barcelona in a variety of stalls throughout the city.
The "panellets" are sweets made from almond and sugar paste and shaped like a small ball. These sweets can be coated with pine nuts, coconut, lemon peel, chocolate, and other ingredients. You must try these samples of Catalan culture the next time you visit the city during October.
Another typical type of sweet food is the roasted sweet potato, which is a natural alternative to the sweets made in pastry shops and bakeries.
Which drinks accompany these delicacies? With a delicious sweet wine, made from Muscat grapes. It is customary to drink directly from the jug, without glasses or cups.