Maresme is one of the richest regions in Catalonia as far as agricultural production is concerned, as attested to by the 50-odd food festivals organised in the district over the year. Some of the products have gained wide recognition for their quality, such as “floreta” and “garrofal” peas from Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Caldes d’Estrac y Mataró; strawberries from La Vallalta, “del ganxet” beans from Malgrat de Mar and “d’en Roca” cherries from Arenys de Munt. Seafood including squid, prawns and crayfish from Arenys de Mar is also widely acclaimed.
The typical cuisine of the region, predominantly “suquet” seafood casseroles and stews made from locally grown vegetables, is complemented by the denomination of origin Alella, famous, above all, for the quality of its white wines. To discover the secrets of this excellent wine visit one of the existing wineries or attend the harvest festival in the month of September and the Alella grape and wine festivals in the month of November, held by several municipalities in the Maresme region.