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Aplec del Cargol (Snail Eating Party) in Lleida

Hosted by the Consul of the Barcelona Discovering Catalonia Group
Culture & Entertainment
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Took place 1 month ago
Sat 26 May 08:00 - 20:30

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One of the weirdest Catalan traditions you may have heard of is Snail eating. There is indeed a perfect occasion to see it and live it in Lleida, the capital region of Snail eating, during the annual “Snail gathering” (in Catalan “Aplec del Cargol”).

Nowadays, “L’Aplec del Cargol” is a huge and renowned party all over Spain, open to all those who wants to have fun, discover our gastronomy, our city and also the locals. L’Aplec is a gastronomic party organized around the Snail cuisine that takes place in Lleida from the 25 to the 27th of May this year.

It is celebrated in a huge outdoor venue (except for the restaurants) where the locals are organized in different “colles” (clubs or groups) with their own space where they cook, drink, dance and enjoy the party, and some common zones where many different activities around the party are carried out.

Every “colla” has its own costume and space which you can only access with invitation or acquiring the pack “Colla dels Forasters” (Foreigners group), the one we are going to take. The best atmosphere is on Saturday right after noon until the evening, and also on Sunday until the afternoon. This party has been declared “Party of National interest” and has been celebrated since Protected content .

As you may check at Protected content (information in Spanish only) there are many possible packs, starting from 19euro up to 49.5euro, including snails, Party merchandising, tourist attractions and also restaurant menu in the most expensive ones. Take the one you prefer. I will go for the most basic. The main point is to taste some snails and enjoy the atmosphere, in my opinion. BUY IT THE SOONEST POSSIBLE, THERE ARE LIMITED PACKS AVAILABLE!!

SEND ME A MESSAGE WHEN YOU HAVE BOUGHT YOUR PACKAGE. REGISTERED MEMBERS NOT HAVING BOUGHT THEIR PACKAGE BY THE 20TH OF MARCH WILL LEAVE THEIR SPOT TO MEMBERS IN THE WAITING LIST.

For those taking the most basic package, bear in mind that it may be insufficient for lunch, so you can either bring some food from home or go to a bar / restaurant in Lleida.

The plan is leaving by train at 8.02 from Sants train Station, meeting in the first wagon of the train heading for Lleida. As you will see, some other options are available at a higher price, but a long (3h) train trip is also a good occasion for talking and knowing each other better, don’t you think so?

Once in Lleida we will go first for the Snail eating party and lunch all together, and after we can visit some of the local attractions. We can split if we have different interests, as we can take also different schedules for the way back to Barcelona.