Festival of San Andrés [Saint Andrew]

Festival of San Andrés [Saint Andrew]

The Feast of Saint Andrew is the last one in Puerto’s festive calendar. It is celebrated on 29th November and it is related to the opening of the wine-cellars and the tasting of the new vintage. In PCR, as in the other towns and villages in the north of Tenerife, it is customary to “run with the cans”. On Saint Andrew’s Day, young and old fashion a string of cans from pots, pans and other household articles, held together with wire and wooden sticks. On occasions, a group of youths will drag even an old car chassis or domestic appliances through the streets of Puerto , causing an infernal din. The festivities are concentrated in the Plaza del Charco, where visitors can sample delicious roasted chestnuts, salted fish, and sweet potatoes washed down with the young wine to ward off the night’s chill. Throughout the night, the young ones play tricks on the unwary, tying their strings of cans to cars parked near the Plaza.