Chestnut Roast - Marbella - 1st November
by Marbella Family Fun
Another local event to help you integrate with Spanish life, or just as a taste of what life is like if you are thinking of moving over and are looking for more than bright lights and big cities!
A wonderful Spanish tradition that has sadly begun to lose its shine, replaced by the more commercial Halloween.
However, local associations are fighting back to ensure the old traditions do not get lost.
If a day in the countryside roasting chestnuts, chatting to friends, families and strangers (soon to be friends) with games for the kids and impromptu singing and dancing sounds like your kind of thing then make sure you don't miss the Tostón. Roughly translated as "Roast" this traditional holiday frequently accompanied All Saints Day when families made a special annual visit to their loved ones who no longer walked this earth. Whilst the women traditionally tidied up and decorated the niches, other family members would slowly gather outside some bringing snacks and refreshments. As you can imagine, people got chatting, sharing thier roasted chestnuts (traditionally harvested at this time of year) and a drop of aguardiente (home brewed spirits) and so the holiday was born. A lot less commercial or scary than Halloween and more a social gathering of families, friends and neighbours who may not catch up that often as some would travel back to their home town for All Saints to pay their respects and travel back to wherever they lived the next day to get back to work.Date: 1st November
Location: Cantera de Nagüeles
If getting there by foot meet at 10.00 at the Polideportivo Paco Cantos
If travelling by bicycle then 10.00 at C.C. Plaza del MarWeb: Marbella Activa
Organised by Asociación Mujeres en las Veredas, Marbella Activa, Club Cicloturista La Vereita y Marbella Bycivic. Colabora el Ayuntamiento de Marbella.