Sugary dates play an important role in the Moroccan culture, and the
annual Date Feast in Erfoud demonstrates exactly how highly they are
regarded. Their sweetness makes them an ideal token of good luck, which
is why they are a traditional gift at important ceremonies and an
offering to friends or strangers. Erfoud is the centre of the
date-producing area boasting more than one million date palms and is
therefore the centre of festivities after the October harvest.
Traditional processions, music, and folk dance form the bulk of the
events, with plenty of opportunity to sample traditional Moroccan
cuisine, including salads and tagine (a rich stew) local-style, namely
with an ample scattering of fresh dates.