Curral das Freiras Chestnut Festival

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Curral das Freiras - home to the chestnut festival
Curral das Freiras/Valley of the Nuns

The Madeira News website, with its automated 24/7 news feed, has picked up a report that for two days, Curral das Freiras has become the stage for a lot of entertainment and gastronomy, in what is now the 38th edition of the Chestnut Festival, promoted by the Casa do Povo do Curral das Freiras.

In the opening session, the regional secretary for Social Inclusion and Citizenship, Rita Andrade, highlighted the “differentiated work” of the local Casa do Povo, led by the nurse Eugénio Vasconcelos, “not only for the organization of this great event but also in the strong social commitment, through the various responses it provides to the population, with a focus on the local elderly population”.

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The official also noted that “this year, the Chestnut Festival has a special flavor”, since the event has resumed after two years of interruption due to the covid-19 pandemic. “The Regional Government will continue to support and invest in this party, which I am sure will contribute to the growth of the regional economy”, promised Rita Andrade.

The 38th edition of the Chestnut Festival has the support of the Regional Government and the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos, with the aim of promoting this regional agricultural product, typical of the parish of Curral das Freiras.

Regional President Miguel Albuquerque, who spoke yesterday about the importance of the event, will attend today at 15:00 when there will be an ethnographic procession.

Update later:

The allegorical procession which was supposed to take place this afternoon, has just been canceled due to precipitation.

The exhibition was, however, rescheduled for next Sunday, the 6th, at 10:00 am.

COVID-19 in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post

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