Festivals and fairs
Festivals and fairs
There are plenty of festivals and events taking place throughout the year in the Priorat: "Fiestas Mayores", religious processions, traditional dancing... Most festivals take place during the summer months in July and August mainly. These "fiestas" tend to include dancing, traditional dances called "Sardanes" and activities and games for children.
It is worth mentioning a special day which comes at the end of a Fiesta Mayor, which is the "Day of the Lazy". It is a day where there are games for children based on popular culture and folklore.
Religious processions and gatherings often take place in the village hermitage which are scattered around the countryside, usually in places of outstanding natural beauty. If you are interested in the more important events of the Priorat festival calendar, there are four main dates worth remembering:
- Nearest weekend to Saint Anthony's Day, 17th January: "L’Encamisada" in Falset
- Second Sunday in March: Festival of the Omelette in its own sauce in Ulldemolins.
- First weekend of May: Wine Fair in Falset
- Second or third Saturday of September: Old Fashioned Grape Harvest Festival in Poboleda
The Priorat county celebrates its annual Wine Fair usually during the first weekend of May. It is dedicated to the two wine appellations of the county, the DOC Priorat and the DO Montsant.
Over the year there are various wine fairs and shows in different villages around the area. These are a chance to discover the wines of the village, often accompanied by live music, food tasting, exhibitions and more.
Come and taste one of the finest olive oils in the country at the different fairs and shows that take place in the Priorat over the year. Download a list of them here:
Since 2011 a group of wineries in El Masroig (DO Montsant), in cooperation with the Sant Joan de Déu foundation, has organised the Masroig Charity Wine Fair to raise money for the Oncology Service at Sant Joan de Déu to put towards research into new treatments for children suffering from cancer.
The first Saturday of September, Poboleda celebrates a festival based on old fashioned harvesting techniques. Visitors can take part in the harvest early in the morning by accompanying villagers to the vineyards, followed by a popular open-air breakfast in the village.
At Pentecost Cornudella de Montsant holds a food and wine day when the local group of paella makers prepare two dishes typical of the village: rabbit paella and sweet and spicy snails.
The Festival of the "Encamisada" is celebrated in Falset the weekend closest to Saint Anthony's Day, 17th January. It is linked to a popular legend which dates back to the 18th century when the men of the village took part in an "encamisada" against the invading French.