One of the most famous things to eat in La Granja de San Ildefonso are the judiones. These big and tender legumes, known as Judiones de la Granja, are prepared by stewing them along with chorizo, fresh panceta, morcilla (blood sausage) and bacon, until the broth becomes thick and dark. Other typical products are the cochinillo and roasted lechazo. Try the trout of Eresma, baked with some panceta rashers that will give it a great touch. This makes the fish get juicy and have an intense flavor that proves it didn’t come from a fish farm.
The best dessert is the seasonal raspberry, but you can always try the traditional ponche segoviano, a soft cake covered in melted sugar and marzipan.
During the Fiestas Patronales de San Luis, which take place around August 25th (the day of Saint Louis, when the fountains of the gardens are turned on), La Granja de San Ildefonso celebrates days of parties and gastronomy, and organizes a huge outdoors judiada, where travelers can enjoy chacinas (cured pork), cheese and a great range of local products.
Since 2012, two tapas contests are celebrated: one during the winter, the Judión de la Granja (from Friday to Sunday around February or March), when a legume is always the protagonist; and one during the summer (a weekend around June), the Tapenado por el Real Sitio, with many different products. These are two great opportunities to enjoy tapas and vote for your favorite bars and restaurants. Complete this gastronomy experiences with a cup on wine Vino Valtiendas, which has D.O..