Just as it’s conker time in the UK, 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, it’s celebrated on the 29th, though the fairs can take place several days either side of this.
These autumn fiestas and fairs are all different, and often involve an imaginative range of ways of making as much noise with metal objects as possible, or even racing downhill on anything from homemade go-karts to 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, with the main fair on the 10th and 11th in the Plaza Rodríguez Lara.
One of the earliest fairs this year is in the plaza del Cristo, Tacoronte, this coming Saturday, 27 October, from 6pm to midnight, but there are also always many San Andrés and chestnut-related events in south Tenerife too, one of the biggest being in Valle San Lorenzo. This year, the Tarde de Castañas, Dulces y Vino in the town is on Friday 30 November between 5 and 10pm.
Friday 30 November, after the Christmas lights are turned on at 7.30pm in La Orotava’s Plaza del Ayuntamiento, there will be a tapas and chestnut evening in the Plaza de la Constitución in honour of San Andrés. The council says there’ll also be a range of chestnut-related products on offer, with tapas costing €2.50 and a glass of wine between €1 and €2. Children’s entertainment will also be provided, as well as live music between 8 and 11pm.
Friday 23 November, Fiesta de las Castañas in Plaza César Manrique, Adeje, from 7pm. Organizers (Asociación de Vecinos Piedra Redonda) ask attendees to bring some personal hygiene products for charitable donations from the Banco de ayudas del Área de Bienestar Social. The plaza is not far below the main car park in Adeje town between the up and down roads, and not far above the Hiperdino and the church in the La Postura area.
Friday 16 November to 9 December, three chestnut stalls in Puerto de la Cruz – two at the harbour and one in the Plaza del Escultor.