Updated 28 November: One of the last San Andrés events is on 29 November in Puerto de la Cruz, where the Fiesta del Cacharro y la Castaña (junk and chestnut festival) fills the streets, harbour and squares with the smoky smell of chestnuts in braziers. There is always much else going on besides, so tomorrow evening will be a special one in this lovely northern town.
Updated 15 November: Granadilla has announced that its San Andrés event – with noise and music and chestnuts – will take place on Tuesday, 29 November, from 6pm in the Plaza González Mena (in front of the Ayuntamiento).
La Orotava has also announced its San Andrés tapas and chestnuts evening for Friday, 25 November from 7.30pm in the Plaza de la Constitución.
Updated 12 November: Another major chestnut festival is again in the north, in La Matanza, and their programme is outlined on the following programme – just click the image to see full size.
Updated 8 November: One of the biggest chestnut events in south Tenerife is in Valle San Lorenzo, which each year hosts a chestnuts, sweets and wines night in honour of San Andrés. This year’s will be on Friday, 25 November, and as usual, many businesses throughout the town will be participating between 5 and 10pm.
Original post 1 November: Just as in the UK it’s conker time, November in Tenerife is a cosy and autumnal month with chestnuts roasting over many a live coal in braziers in the streets. The reason is a series of fairs in honour of San Andrés, the saint whose namesake St Andrew’s feast day in Scotland is on 30 November. Here in Tenerife, though, it’s celebrated on the 29th, though the fairs can take place several days either side of this.
All these autumn fiestas and fairs are all different, and often involve different ways of making as much noise with metal objects as possible, or even racing downhill on kitchen trays, but however they’re celebrated, they all involve wine and, particularly, chestnuts. Most of Tenerife’s chestnuts come from the Acentejo region of the north (see HERE), and the area always has a series of events throughout November to mark the period, one of the main ones being in La Victoria, where there’s almost a whole month dedicated to chestnuts – this year’s full programme is HERE.
There are always many San Andrés and chestnut-related events in south Tenerife too, and I’ll update this post with them as I come across them.