Autumnal Tenerife – November is chestnut month honouring San Andrés

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Just as it’s conker time in the UK, November in the Canaries is a cosy and autumnal month with chestnuts roasting over many a live coal in braziers in Tenerife’s streets. The reason is a series of fiestas 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 fiestas often take place several days either side of this.

These autumn fiestas 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, sweet cinnamony pastries and cakes, and particularly chestnuts. Most of Tenerife’s crop 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.

This year, obviously, things are very different for the great fair gatherings that so often accompany these fiestas, but whatever may not be taking place outside, we can replicate it indoors. And so, I hope you have a lovely autumnal season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and especially of Castañas, Dulces y Vino!

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