Team Cargols is a Perpignan-based association created back in 2014.
Their goal: promoting and developing snail cuisine, in particular, the “petits gris” (little greys).
Via their culinary crusade, they also seek to forge social connections and build friendships for a more humane society.
Well, if snails aren’t bothered by gender, colour, religion, political persuasion or age, why should we be?
How often have you talked about spending time with loved ones, but then something came up?
How often do you promise yourself to get out there, only to find another weekend spent at home?
By creating this cargolada* celebration, Team Cargols hopes to encourage families, friends, associations and communities to come together around the humble snail.
New Year’s Eve
As with human New Year’s Eve, passing from Renaissance to Bombance is also cause for big celebrations.
Get in on the fun and join the Aplec del Caragol from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June in the Catalan town of Lleida, just inland from Barcelona.
Every year, this celebration brings together over 100 associations and more than 200, 000 visitors and Team Cargols is the first non-Spanish association to become part of the festival, so be sure to watch out for the red, white and blue uniforms!
The bus leaves Perpignan at 3pm on Friday, returning at the same time on Sunday. Return tickets 45€ per person.
Get your fill of snails with a weekend meals package for 130€. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks throughout the festival.
The team have also secured accommodation at one of two hotels:
- Hôtel Acta Rambla (5 minutes walk) double room 67 €, single room 61 €, without breakfast
- Hôtel Nadal (20 minuteswalk) double room 42 €, single room 32 €, with breakfast
Festival del Escargot
From Lleida, the snail trail glides its way north stopping on Mount Canigou the 23rd June (as part of the Saint Jean celebrations) and in Perpignan the 24th June before finally arriving in Toulouges for the Festival de l’Escargot the first weekend of July.