Fiesta del Pulpo

Festival of Tourist Interest
Fair/Popular festival

This king product from the sea in Atlantic cuisine has its stronghold in Carballiño, 80 kilometres from the coast. The origin of this contradiction lies in the fact that it was the payment in kind made in the Middle Ages to the monastic orders of Oseira for the exploitation of their port possessions in the Rías Baixas. The people of O Carballiño, specifically those of the parishes of San Xoán de Arcos and Santa María de Arcos, which also belonged to the monastery of Oseira, were responsible for transporting, preparing and selling them in the market.

The tradition of those fairs and markets has been celebrated since 1962 as one of the most important gastronomic festivals in Galicia. Around 70,000 people come to the town, which becomes impregnated with the smell of octopus cooking on the fires of all the catering establishments and in the Municipal Park. The festival takes place on the banks of the Arenteiro river, which is equipped with tables and benches, and is invaded by the atmosphere of a traditional pilgrimage, with numerous folkloric performances and the participation of the local "peñas" (groups).

The local octopus cooks of Arcos embody the secular tradition of octopus preparation, and cook around 40,000 kilos of this cephalopod, but the festival also includes broth, stewed meat, empanadas, Ribeiro wine, dinner breads, and the traditional queimada, as well as the famous cream canes of O Carballiño.

Not to be missed:

Octopus tasting at the street stalls in the Municipal Park.

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