The Maresme region is one of the country’s great vegetable gardens, rich in the products of the land as can be seen at the more than 50 gastronomic meetings programmed throughout the year, which bear witness to the wealth and variety of the region’s culinary culture. Some of its products have become famous: the floreta and garrofal varieties of peas around the towns of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Caldes d’Estrac and the city of Mataró; the Vallalta strawberries from the area of Sant Cebrià de Vallalta, Sant Iscle de Vallalta, Sant Pol de Mar, Arenys de Munt and Canet de Mar; the cherries d’en Roca of Arenys de Munt (in the springtime); the fish and shellfish and the Montserrat or pometa varieties of tomato of the Maresme (in the summer); the squid, prawns, Norway lobster and clams from Arenys de Mar; the white ganxet beans of Malgrat de Mar and Palafolls, and the wild mushrooms of the Maresme (in the autumn).
The cuisine has a certified complement: the Alella denomination of origin, famous above all for the quality of its white wines. The local grape variety identifying this territory is the white xarel.lo. The wines can be tasted at the Alella Harvest Festival or during the activities of the Wine Week in the month of September, as well as at the Gastronomic Meetings of the DO Alella wine in March