Rose of Saffron Fair in Consuegra

Rose of Saffron Fair, Consuegra -Toledo-

This valuable flower, the Saffron, is cultivated in La Mancha Region. The town of Consuegra  holds a festival during the last weekend of October, coinciding with the harvest of the flower. It is known as Rose of Saffron Fair.

Strolling trough the village, visitors can find street performances which show how life was  in the middle of the twentieth century, as well as folklore shows. In addition to that, it is possible to participate in the cleaning of the crocuses and visit the windmill of Sancho, the one which still mills wheal.

castele-and-windmills
View of the hill Calderico, with the XII th century castle in the middle and some of the twelve windmills which still remain on the left
Windmill ready for milling
Windmill ready for the wheat milling process.

Furthermore, one day of this weekend, different specialities of the local cuisine are cooked by the villagers along the river, and visitors can try them after the cooking contest.

Typical food from La Mancha
Migas, one of the typical dishes done with breadcrumbs, Spanish sausage and bacon.

 

I must say that apart from this traditional festival, declared of Regional Tourist Interest, the village itself is worth a visit. It has a unique image of a castle surrounded by 12 windmills located on a hill, which could be the ones fought by “El Quijote de la Mancha” ( Miguel de Cervantes).

 

Regarding the book “El Quijote de la Mancha”

Click here to read about the festival “Consuegra Medieval”

 

 

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