It is an event of ancestral tints where the man, armed with a cane and some logs of firewood, fishes to feed himself and drinks wine in torrents. They are already more than 60 years of a gastronomic folklore associated with the pedral and its creatures. In Tereñes, Ribadesella, it is celebrated with great excitement.
The Fish Festival of Tereñes, in Ribadesella, is an unparalleled event that achieves the ideal salt spot on the festive calendar of Asturias. Party and gastronomy united in their most primitive and genuine essence. In the Pedral de Tereñes everything is to eat and fish to eat, and drink and sing. A hundred men are thrown to the rocks armed with gear somewhat outdated and very classic bamboo canes like the employees once. The intention is to get as many pieces as possible in the most traditional way possible to later enjoy a spectacular feast. It all started many years ago. It is explained by one of the founders of the celebration, Francisco Blanco, from 71 years, popularly known as Pachu: "A few of us thought of going fishing and taking the guajes to spend the day. It was such an acceptance that we decided to create the "Fish Festival". There used to be trophies for the one who caught the best specimen and for the one who caught the most. But as there were spikes and this is not a competition, it was suppressed ».
The simple rigs collect more than a thousand copies throughout the morning. The bait is also simple: crushed oricios, or worms of Xagorra that open the appetite of the fish, and this, in turn, will open the appetite to the diners gathered there. Gobitos, xulias and xaragos are the marine species that most abound in the kitchen, who, with a right hand, controls Ramón Costoya, the chef of the "Fiesta del Pez", better known as Monchu el de La Felguera. He has been cooking over these improvised rock fires for more than thirty-five years. Your recipe has few secrets and basic rules that never fail: «Well washed fish in sea water, very hot oil, salt and a little fried bread, it's that simple», explains while he trajina with his utensils of kitchen, that brought to him in a tractor (decades ago in donkey) one hour before beginning the banquet. Then, with the fish ready to be devoured, the big wine boot runs from hand to hand among all the fishermen.
End the day with a massive portrait and a leisurely ascent to the town of Tereñes. On the path that ascends the cliff several stops are made for the refreshment with the boot of wine. Once up, the party continues until the wee hours of the morning.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com