The Canary Islands. An Archipelago Full of Flavour

Top spots for foodies in the archipelago

The Canary Islands’ cuisine emphasises excellence, history, and innovation. The indigenous agriculture and fishing industries are heavily emphasised in the food culture of the archipelago. The Canary Islands’ cuisine is sustainable and offers a wide variety of distinctive dishes that can be sampled at numerous culinary festivals held all year long. Events involving farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs with specialised training, learning classrooms, concerts, movie showings, recreational activities, and food tastings on the beach can also be expected on the islands throughout the year.

The Canary Islands are so abundant in natural resources that La Palma, Lanzarote, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, and nearly half of Gran Canaria have been designated by UNESCO as Biosphere Reserves. The archipelago boasts excellent crop growth, festivals all around the islands honour this fact.

Food Festivals in the Canary Islands

In fact, there are more than a dozen activities taking place in Gran Canaria alone along the Camino de Santiago. These include the Santa Lucia de Tirajana’s la Fiesta del Tomate (the Tomato Festival). The Fiesta de la Cebolla (the Onion Festival) and Enorte, the primary commercial food festival for the municipalities in the north of the island.

The best way to experience true Canarian cuisine is to attend a festival in the islands. The events frequently feature cooking demonstrations by chefs of the regional, national, and worldwide levels in addition to the presentation and sale of delicious cuisine. The festivals demonstrate the recent resurgence of the restaurant industry in this way. In addition to everything else, the events provide guests a chance to experience the islands’ past.

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Dates of the Festivals


-Ruta del Gallo (the Route of the Rooster), La Palma

Date: August 17-31

Location: Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, El Paso


-Festival Cine+Food (Film + Food Festival)

Date: August 26, 27, 28

Location: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria



-Feria Insular de la Papa (the Island Potato Fair)

Date: September 10-11

Location: Teror, Gran Canaria


-Feria del Mango y el Aguacate (the Mango and Avocado Fair), Mogán

Date: September 3

Location: Playa de Mogán, Gran Canaria


-Gastrocanarias Tenerife

Date: September 27, 28, and 29

Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife



-Mercafest El Paso

Date: October 18-19

Location: La Palma



-Mes del Vino (Month of Wine), La Laguna

Date: November

Location: La Laguna, Tenerife


-Ruta de la Tapa de Setas (The Mushroom Tapas Route)

Date: November 12-December 12

Location: El Rosario, Tenerife


-Festival Sabores de La Palma (the Herreña Tapas Fair of Flavors)

Date: November 18

Location: Moving


-Festival Gastronómico Especial (the Special Gastronomic Festival

Date: November 19-20

Location: Costa Adeje, Tenerife


-Tanit. El Festival de las Culturas (Festival of Cultures)

Date: November 22-28

Location: Puerto del Rosario


-Festival Enogastronómico Saborea Lanzarote (the Saborea Lanzarote Food and Wine Festival)

Date: November 24-25

Location: Teguise



-Worldcanic Lanzarote

Date: December 1-3

Location: Throughout Lanzarote


-Feria de la Tapa Herreña Sabores  (the Herreña Tapas Fair of Flavors), El Hierro

Date: December 14-16

Location: Valverde