Castanyadas Around the Region

Look out for a ‘castanyada’ near you, village festival celebrating the sweet chestnut, traditionally held on the 1st November at Toussaint, but a hot treat on any cold day of the year.

Not much beats an autumn walk, a big stick, and a sweet chestnut hunt. Delicious roasted, steamed, pureed, chestnuts are gluten free, low in calories compared to most other nuts, but rich in minerals and vitamins.

Often teamed up with a tasting of the vin nouveau – the first wine of the year.

Have you heard of a castanyada in your town? Let us know :

Thursday 20st October

Saint Cyprien, from 6pm, Place de la République (village)

Friday 28th October

Elne, from 6pm, Place de l’Eglise

Sunday 30th

Banyuls sur Mer, from 3pm, Front de mer

Chocolate Chestnut Pie

Chocolate chestnut pie



– 200g / 7oz shortcrust pastry
– 225g / 8oz cooked chestnuts (steamed or boiled)
– 3 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1 egg, beaten
– 4 tbsp caster sugar
– milk


♣ Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4, roll out pastry thinly and line a flan tin.
♣ Mash chestnuts until smooth in a large mixing bowl.
♣ Stir in the sugar and cocoa and add enough milk to make a thick cream.
♣ Add beaten egg to the bowl, mix well and pour into pastry case.
♣ Bake for 35 – 40 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

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