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06 Aug 2012
Quel
La Rioja
Spain



Food Festivals

Bread and Cheese Festival in Quel (Fiesta del Pan y el Queso en Quel)

This is one of the oldest gastronomic festivals in La Rioja, the foundation document for which is dated 1479 and is still preserved. The town appealed to the Virgin to help them fight the plague epidemic that was devastating the area, and in return they promised to make a yearly pilgrimage to a chapel situated one kilometer from the village to offer her their very best food: bread and cheese. Today the festival is celebrated by throwing bread and cheese from the chapel balconies, to the delight of everyone who gathers there.

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