During Spring and Summer Italy abounds with food and wine festivals, fairs, celebrations, and more, which will send foodies into food heaven! Foodies know the important things in life come on a plate or in a glass, and Italy is the foodie destination to crown them all! Here is a selection of some of the major ones:
PRIMAVERA DEL PROSECCO
in Treviso and surrounding areas
6 March – 19 June 2015
Treviso, Valdobbiadene, Conegliano, Cartizze
This exciting annual event takes place in the heart of the Prosecco wine area and will lead the visitors in a journey of discovery of all aspects of this delicious wine production process. Special packages are on offer which would include stay in hotels, agriturismi and B&Bs of the area, restaurants and visit to wineries. Special events such as shows, exhibitions and visits to historic villas of the area have also been organized.
FRITTO MISTO in Marche
24 April – 3 May 2015 in Ascoli Piceno, Marche
This event in its 11th year, celebrate all things “fried” and typically regional such as : Marche’s “olive ascolane” (giant green olive filled with meat and deep fried), Sicily’s “arancini” (rice balls filled with meats or peas), Neapolitan “cannoli” (sweet conical cakes filled with ricotta), “frittura di pesce” (lightly fried mixed fish) and much more. A truly mouthwatering offering.
SAGRA DEL PESCE, in Liguria
8-10th May 2015, Camogli (Genoa)
In the natural, picturesque, and exclusive setting of the small square of the port, the largest frying pan in the world will fry fish for guests and tourists alike, during the most typical Ligurian feast: the Sagra del Pesce. Born in 1952, this classical festival is linked to the centuries-old festival of San Fortunato, patron of the fishermen. The religious celebration takes place on the evening of its eve with bonfires: the people of Camogli, from the two districts of Porto and Pinetto, build proper, large scale sculptures, using waste material; they challenge one another in terms of creativity and beauty, on the two sides of the beach.
RICORDANZE DI SAPORI – REMEMBERING OLD FLAVOURS
Parma and Piacenza, Emilia Romagna
More than 20 renowned castles host culture and food events in an effort to help people discover new (or old) foods and the value of culture. Visitors also have the chance to explore the castles.
SLOW FISH FESTIVAL in Genoa, Liguria
14-17 May 2015, Genoa
The bi-annual Slow Fish Festival in Genoa celebrates the ‘slow food’ movement (set up in opposition to the fast food culture with the aim of encouraging the enjoyment of local, traditional produce). The festival sees an array of market stalls and slow fish workshops sprawled over the Porto Antico. The stalls offer more unusual cuts of fresh and preserved fish, as well as oils, spices, salt and seaweed; all sustainably sourced and the Slow Fish workshops will see chefs showcase regional fish dishes, offering tasters with complimentary wines. Entry is free.
SAGRA DEL LIMONE in Liguria
16th May 2015,
Monterosso (La Spezia)
During this day the town is painted yellow and the streets come alive with stalls of all types where the typical fruit of the area and its produce reign supreme: limoncino, lemon cream, marmalade and lemon cake. In the afternoon the ‘8000 passi al profumo di limone’ walk winds around the streets of Monterosso, starting at the house of poet Eugenio Montale and passing by the most famous places in the area. The walk also comprises a visit to a typical lemon grove with food stalls and eateries. The day ends with a party in the main square of the town and a prize-giving for the best lemon-themed window display
A NIVARATA, Sicilian granita festival
29-31 May 2015
Three days dedicated to Sicilian ice cream as well as to the promotion of Sicilian top agricultural and food sector and natural ingredients. Nivarata is a great line-up of events: conferences, live food shows, workshops, handicraft, panel discussions, exhibitions, art displays and special guests. Acireale will host master gelato makers and food professionals coming from all across Italy and even from Great Britain. A real feast of tastes devoted to Sicily.
CHIANTI FAIR in Montespertoli, Tuscany
30 May – 7 June 2015
This will be the 58th edition of the Mostra del Chianti in Montespertoli, totally dedicated to this famous wine. In the central Piazza Machiavelli there will be stands manned by the local producers of Chianti, other local delicacies will also be sold to the visitors, there will be tastings, concerts and other initiatives during the fair.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL IN NEMI
7 June 2015
Nemi is quaint medieval town of the Castelli Romani, 20 Km south of Rome perched on a hill overlooking the small volcanic lake of Nemi. It is famous for its wild strawberries, small, sweet and with a distinctive flavour. Every year since 1922 Nemi hosts the Sagra della Fragola (strawberry festival) when women dressed in the typical rustic costume sell and offer the visitors the precious fruit served in many imaginative ways, with fresh cream or ice-cream, in pancakes, in milk-shakes and liqueurs and you can also buy a piece of jewelry in the form of a strawberry pendant made by hand by the local goldsmith
FESTA ARTUSIANA – ARTUSI’S CELEBRATION
20-28 June 2015
The desire to seek out new tastes is created in Forlimpopoli – the hometown of ‘the father of Italian cuisine’ Pellegrino Artusi – every second-last Saturday of June for nine consecutive days during the Artusi Celebration. The programme is vast and gives visitors the opportunity to explore their own palates, or to dare trying an unknown dish. The festival features workshops, tastings and talks on food culture. However, the festival is not just about eating – it is also a time to reflect upon the cultural, social and economic role of food in the company of scholars, enthusiasts and academics.
ARIA DI FESTA, SAN DANIELE HAM FAIR in Friuli Venezia Giulia
26 – 29 June 2015 in San Daniele del Friuli
Four days full of tasting experiences, music, events and performances in San Daniele del Friuli, during which you can discover this magical place with its unique prosciutto and superb wines.
GRIGLIE ROVENTI – BARBECUE CHAMPIONSHIP in Jesolo
25 July 2015
The seaside town of Jesolo welcomes the 10th edition of this fun event, 100 cook couples will compete for the best barbecue in terms of flavour, presentation and cook’s ability to entertain the panel of judges (chefs, journalists and tour operators) . Anybody can take part to this competition and if you with to be just a spectator there will be lots of collateral event such as music, shows and of course tasting of wonderful barbecued meat and fish.
CALICI DI STELLE
Every region in Italy, various locations
4-10 August 2015
This event, organized by the Movimento Turismo del Vino is their most important summer event and is held between 4 and 10 August and on the night between 9 and 10 August under the shooting stars in the most beautiful wine-producing locations in Italy. Wine tastings are organized by sommeliers’ associations of the region to inform and help the visitors to appreciate the local wines.
NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MACARONI PASTA FROM CAMPOFILONE
Campofilone, Fermo, Marche Region
7-10 August 2015
The delightful town of Campofilone is the host of the National Festival of the macaroni pasta, its most typical dish, prepared with the best durum wheat and eggs, a recipe which has been handed down from mothers to daughters. The festival promotes the production of this traditional dish that can be tasted with the typical meat ragu’ in restaurants and trattorias of the town.
“CHIANINA” BEEF STEAK FESTIVAL IN CORTONA
14-15 August 2015
Thousands of Chanina (typical breed of this part of Tuscany) beef steaks are grilled on a 14sqm grill in the centre of the medieval town of Cortona in Tuscany. Local wines and other delicacies are on offer to the visitors.
SEA FESTIVAL WITH “PADELLA GIGANTE – GIANT FRYING PAN”
Porto San Giorgio, Marche
August, date tbc
The Festival is a celebration of all things fish, featuring a giant “frying pan”. The Padella gigante dell’Adriatico is six metres in diameter, holds some 1,000 litres of cooking oil and it is used to fry roughly 1,000 kilos of baby squid and sardines in around three hours.
MANGIALONGA, WALKING AND FOOD IN PIEDMONT
La Morra, Langhe area
30 August 2015
A festival not to be missed! Mangialonga is a non-competitive walk in the wonderful hills and vineyards of La Morra, in the renowned wine producing area of the Langhe in Piedmont.
The Mangialonga is a festive and gourmet appointment to join friends and taste the typical products of the Langhe and prestige wines.The 4km trail crosses beautiful landscapes which combine with local culinary delicacies to make it a unique event with people coming from all over the world.
DOUJA D’OR WINE FAIR IN ASTI
11-20 September 2015
Food and Wine Fair in the lovely Piedmont town of Asti, famous for its “spumante” wine, offers a rich calendar of events, tastings and cultural shows
18 TH PARMA HAM FESTIVAL
Parma, Langhirano and all the towns of Parma ham production area.
4-20 September 2015
Festival del Proscuitto di Parma, the festival of that well known ham is held in the city with the same name. Each year this annual celebration brings over 100,000 visitors to the area, who then indulge in consuming more than 1,000 different types of ham. One of the main attractions of the festival is the “Open Doors” tradition of the ham factories, which offers visitors a unique chance to discover that the 10 million Parma Hams produced each year by the 164 companies of the Parma Ham Consortium, are still made today like they were two thousand years ago, using only two ingredients: the prized Italian pig leg and a pinch of sea salt.
PANE NOSTRUM in Senigallia, Marche
17-20 September 2015
The old town centre of Senigallia will host an event involving the flavours, the fragrances, the history and the tradition of making bread. Bread will be made in the open air: you’ll have the possibility to taste different types of bread and to learn the techniques to make it.
COUSCOUS FEST in San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
San Vito lo Capo, Trapani, Sicily
18-27 September 2015
San Vito lo Capo, stunning seaside location in western Sicily has been hosting this event since 1998, and it has been an enormous success, a celebration of food and cultural integration. Chefs from all over Sicily, Italy and other countries on the Mediterranean come to San Vito to participate to the competition that celebrates the best and most creative cous cous dish. Every evening there will be a show with music, dance, songs and tastings of delicious cous cous.
CHEESE FESTIVAL IN BRA
18-21 September 2015
This event takes place every two years in Bra, Piemont and it is organized by the Slow Food Movement. You can taste the best in the local and international cheese markets, attend a workshop, music shows or other events organized around this Fair.