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O Grove Seafood Festival

Come October, Spain's northwestern coastline of Galicia becomes the best place to sample seafood in Europe. Hundreds of thousands flock to the seaside village of O Grove to enjoy the succulent flavours and delights available in the Fiesta de Exultacion de Marisco Seafood Festival. During the festival seafood is on sale for special prices at a giant gastronomic-cultural fair with hundreds of stalls, and local restaurants and chefs compete to produce the most popular seafood meals. While delicious seafood of all kinds is the centre of attention, the festival also offers live music, traditional dance, cookery competitions and workshops, sporting events, art and culinary exhibitions, some big parades and much more to enjoy. O Grove has earned a reputation as 'seafood paradise' in Spain, partly due to the popularity of this festival, which was first organised in 1963 to encourage tourism and appreciation for the fisheries industry that traditionally dominates the region. An estimated 200,000 people now attend, and the seafood markets seem to grow every year. The festival will delight foodies and culture-vultures alike, and timing holidays in the region with the event is worthwhile.

Venue: O Grove Town Hall, Galicia

Date: 4 -13 October 2013