Autumnal Tenerife – November is chestnut month with fairs in honour of San Andrés

Autumnal Tenerife – November is chestnut month with fairs in honour of San Andrés

Updated 14 November: Arona has announced that its famous Castañas, Dulces y Vino night for San Andrés in Valle de San Lorenzo will be on Friday, 1 December between 5 and 10pm.

Updated 8 November: La Orotava has announced a chestnuts and tapas night on Friday, 24 November, between 8 and 11pm in the Plaza de la Constitución (also known as the Plaza de la Kiosco). There will be live music, children’s entertainment, and of course, chestnuts, wine and food for just €2 a tapa and €1 a cup of wine. Click on the poster on the left to see full size.

Original post 30 October: 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 – the fair this year is on 11 and 12 November, as shown in the poster above.

There are always many San Andrés and chestnut-related events in south Tenerife too, and an early advertised one is in Arguayo, Santiago del Teide, where the local San Andres fair will be held on Wednesday, 29 November. There’ll be a series of events from 5pm, including noisy races, traditional children’s games, and of course the chestnuts and wine as well as music and partying. I’ll update this post with all the others I come across.

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