The Marvão chestnut festival

Was everything I dreamed of. Roving musicians (including 3 brass bands), folkloric dance, the blessing of the chestnuts  (which we missed, though I did spot the holy water), giant caudrons of roasting chestnuts, chestnut liqueur (which is made from chestnuts, but also jeropiga, which traditionally accompanies chestnuts), countless chestnut desserts, chestnut art... I'll just stop there. 
We couldn't stick around for the Noite de Castanhas, when most of the restaurants pull out all the stops, but our hotel did do a lunch special, so I managed to get my chestnut meal.

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