Annual Almond Tree Festival of Gran Canaria

The annual almond festival in Tejeda, Gran Canaria is a celebration of the almond tree and its role in the culture and history of the region. The festival takes place every year in February, when the almond trees are in bloom and the air is filled with the sweet scent of the flowers.

The festival is held in the small town of Tejeda, which is located in the heart of the island’s mountainous interior. It is a colorful and vibrant event that attracts tourists and locals alike. The main event is a parade through the streets of Tejeda, which features floats decorated with almond blossom and other spring flowers. Along the route, there are also traditional music and dance performances, as well as food stalls selling local specialties.

Almond tree and flower in bloom

The island is home to many different types of almond trees, including the sweet almond, which is used in cooking and baking, and the bitter almond, which is used in the production of liqueurs and other spirits.

During the festival, there are a variety of events and activities to enjoy, including traditional music and dance performances, food stalls offering local specialties made with almonds, and artisan markets selling handmade crafts and products. There are also guided tours of the local almond groves, where visitors can learn about the history and cultivation of the trees.

The main highlight of the festival is the almond blossom procession, which is a reenactment of a traditional wedding ceremony. The procession includes a group of young women dressed in traditional Canarian costumes, who carry baskets of almond blossom on their heads. They are accompanied by a group of men dressed in traditional Canarian suits, who play traditional music on instruments such as the timple (a small guitar) and the quijada (a percussion instrument made from a donkey’s jawbone).

almond tree roque nublo background
Tamara Kulikova, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The festival also brings local farmers, and producers where they come together to sell their products and celebrate the almond tree. The fair is a great opportunity to sample and purchase a wide range of almond-based products, including almond cakes, pastries, and cookies, as well as almond oils, creams, and soaps.

In addition to the food and crafts, the festival also includes educational workshops and lectures on topics related to the almond tree and its importance in the local culture and economy. These events are a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about the history and traditions of the region, as well as the environmental and economic benefits of the almond tree.

tejeda men playing timple
Tamara Kulikova, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Overall, the annual almond festival in Tejeda is a celebration of the almond tree and its central role in the culture and economy of Gran Canaria. It is a unique and memorable event that offers something for everyone, from traditional music and dance performances to food and craft markets, and educational workshops and lectures. Whether you are a foodie, a history buff, or simply looking for a fun and festive way to experience the island’s rich culture and traditions, the almond festival is a must-see event.

Check the date of this years festival on our Canarian Festivals List!

Kunal Sajnani
Kunal Sajnani
Hi! I am Kunal, the author of this blog. I am a computer nerd by training, and a self-taught photographer, web designer, and cook. Don't let the day come when you regret not having explored or tried new things. With that motto, I blog as I discover. Follow me on the adventure!

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