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.

There are always many San Andrés and chestnut-related events in south Tenerife too, but one of the earliest fairs this year is in the plaza del Cristo, Tacoronte, this coming Saturday, 27 October, from 6pm to midnight. I’ll update this post with all the others I come across as and when they’re publicized.

source https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/autumnal-tenerife-november-is-chestnut-month.html

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