The festival where the empanada (a typical Galician pie, usually with a savoury filling) is tasted, the Festa da Empanada, held since 1974, takes place in the Silva e Valladares oak wood, in the parish of A Bandeira, in the town of Silleda, on the penultimate Sunday of August. This is the 43th anniversary of an event that pays tribute to one of the most popular dishes in As Rías Baixas. It is organised by the association Amigos de la Empanada, that also chooses the best empanadas in Galicia.
All day long restaurant owners and locals bring their dishes to be displayed on the stands of the festival. Next, an empanada contest takes place, in which a panel of judges selects the best empanadas. This is followed by a dinner, the high point of the festival, where many groups of friends and families enjoy different empanada dishes. This festival always surprises visitors for its originality, for the innovative presentations, varied ingredients and peculiar tastes of the dishes.
The Esmorga Folk, one of the long-lasting festivals in the province
Besides the popular cuisine, music will also take centre stage in this event, declared Festival of Galician Interest in 1999. The 29th Festival Esmorga Folk, one of the long-lasting music festivals in Galicia, with Celtic roots, features renowned artists and groups such as Carlos Núñez, Leilía, Mercedes Peón, Xosé Manuel Budiño, Quempallou, A Roda, Os Cempés, Milladoiro or The Chieftains. Although it used to be held on the same day of the festival, in the last years it takes place the night before.
The idea to organize a festival originated when a group of friends were having a picnic with empanada dishes in the oak wood during the local festivities, and this was welcomed with great enthusiasm. Over the years, locals and restaurant owners have made their contributions with interesting dishes, and the event gained in popularity. In fact, personalities such as Camilo José Cela, Alfredo Conde, Manuel Fraga, Gerardo Fernández Albor, Xosé Cuíña, José Luis Barreiro, Fernando Ónega, María Rey, Pilar Cernuda, Pepe Domingo Castaño, José M.ª Carrascal, Luis Rial, Carlos Blanco, Luis Zaera, Mela Casal, Gloria Ferreiro or Xacobo Pérez have participated in this important event held in Bandeira.
Fervenza do Toxa, natural tourism
In A Bandeira, which lies on the Silver Route, in the region of Deza, visitors can enjoy an area rich in natural resources. One of the most popular attractions of the area is the waterfall known as Fervenza do Toxa.
Since 1974, the parish of A Bandeira, in Silleda, shows the most original "empanadas", in an event carefully organized by restaurant owners and locals. They surprise visitors with different presentations and varied ingredients, always trying to obtain the most peculiar taste. And they make it, since thousands of visitors participate in the event every year, especially in the dinner, when they have the opportunity to taste all sort of specialties of this original dish from As Rías Baixas and Galicia