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Gran Festa de la Calçotada, Valls 2024

28 January


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Catalonia is a region renowned for its gastronomy, on the last Sunday in January the Gran festa de la Calçotada sees the streets and squares of the town of Valls filled with calçots (a type of spring onion), colours and sounds.

A Catalan tradition, the calçotada consists of meeting friends and family to eat calçots grilled on the barbecue and dipped in a romesco sauce, and eaten wearing a bib to avoid any unwanted messiness.

The festival includes contests for the finest calçots and also for the best sauce, both are held in the Plaça del Blat, which is in front of the town hall. You might even join in the calçot eating competition where you consume as many onions in 45 minutes as you can. The record is some 4kg.

Alternatively, watch the calçot grilling demonstrations, where the onions are cooked over a fire. There are also many shops and restaurants where you can pause and try out the many calçot creations.

By the end of the day you’re sure to be an expert in everything there is to know, about calçots. You can also discover the secret to the calçot salsa sauce.

calçot grilling demonstrations
Calçot grilling demonstrations

Things To Do in Catalonia

Catalonia is a wonderful region full of the most remarkable festivals, stunning beaches and in Barcelona, one of the most vibrant cities in mainland Europe. If you would like some ideas as to what to do when in the region, why not visit the official visit Catalonia website.

When is the Gran Festa de la Calçotada

The festival is held on the last Sunday in January each year.

Where is Gran Festa de la Calçotada

The festival is held in the town of Valls in the province of Catalonia, Spain.

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Further information

Click here for the official festival website.


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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