Calafell means great food
The bounty of the sea and its skilful combination with products from the land are the basis of local cuisine in Calafell.
Arrossejat is the most iconic dish here. It’s an authentic seafood dish that you can now sample at its most refined. Nevertheless, the wide variety of restaurants in town – some of which are internationally renowned – ensures that you have plenty of opportunities to sample other delicious local dishes.
The most important food events organised by Calafell Town Council include:
- Xató cook-off (February-March). Aside from other mouthwatering delicacies, you’ll find that year after year, as part of the age-old tradition of handing down beloved family recipes through the generations, teachers and students cook up a storm by making one of the best Mediterranean sauces: xató sauce from Calafell.
- Arrossejat food fortnight (June). During this celebration, different restaurants offer this dish as the undisputed star of their menus. The arrossejat street party kicks off the event.
- ‘A Taste of Christmas’ food events (December–January). An initiative that seeks to promote and give local cuisine and restaurants a boost during the Christmas season as well as attract visitors. Participating restaurants offer a set menu at a fixed price featuring traditional Christmas dishes.
More recently, xató, a curly endive salad of the Penedès region, has made a comeback. This dish has always been a popular one in home cooking and could be found on the menus of some restaurants. But the inclusion of Calafell in the Xató Route in 2000 has whetted the appetites of everyone for this traditional recipe.
Restaurants in Calafell affiliated with the Xató Route:
Terra i Taula is a union of food producers and cooks in the Baix Penedès region. This group is made up of food producers and cooks who strive for excellence in their products, dishes and services.
This inevitable union is necessary to preserve the taste and future of quality products, while working together as a region to contribute towards the food culture of Catalonia.
We are united by values such as ethics, respect, commitment, quality, hard work, sharing and professionalism.
At Agrobotiga de Calafell, you can find wines with the character of the sea and mountains brimming with the real essence of the Mediterranean.
Pg. de la Unió, s/n, Calafell
Phone number +34 977 692 338
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, in Calafell, discover its winemaking tradition and culture with the guided tour ‘From the Amphora to the Glass’, which is regularly offered by the Calafell Històric educational team to groups (depending on availability). It takes you back on a journey through time, from the Iberians of the Iberian Citadel or the Roman Villa of Vilarenc to the present day.
Other fabulous wine tourism options are tours of family-owned wineries in the areas including a tasting of their excellent wines. Some such wineries are Jané Ventura, Avgvstvs Forvm or any of the many wineries and cellars located in the Penedès region.