Feasting in Italy
During Spring and Summer Italy abounds with food and wine festivals, fairs and celebrations. Here is some of the best foodie forays in the months to come.
VINITALY in Verona, Veneto
April 7-10, 2019
Vinitaly is an international wine competition and exhibition that is held annually in April in the Italian wine region of Verona. First held in 1967, Vinitaly has been called the “most important convention of domestic and international wines” and the “largest wine show in the world.” For producers in the Italian wine industry, attendance and the reception that their wines receive is considered a barometer for measuring the health and success of the market, particularly for emerging Italian wine regions.
FRITTO MISTO in Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche
April 27-May 5, 2019
This event celebrates all things “fried” and typically includes regional dishes like Marche’s “olive ascolane” (giant green olives 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.
PRIMAVERA DEL PROSECCO, in Treviso and surrounding areas
March 15-June 16, 2019
Treviso, Valdobbiadene, Conegliano, Cartizze
This exciting annual event takes place in the heart of the Prosecco wine area and will lead visitors on a journey of discovery of all aspects of this delicious wine. Special packages are on offer which would include stay in hotels, agriturismi and B&Bs of the area, restaurants and visits to wineries.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL in Nemi, Lazio
June 1-2, 2019
Nemi is a quaint medieval town of the Castelli Romani region outside Rome and is perched on a hill overlooking the small volcanic lake of Nemi. It is famous for its wild strawberries, which are small, sweet and with a distinctive flavour. Every year since 1922 Nemi hosts the Sagra della Fragola (strawberry festival) during which women dress in the typical rustic costumes and sell visitors the precious fruit served in many imaginative ways, with fresh cream or ice-cream, pancakes and liqueurs.
INYCON Wine Festival in Menfi, Sicily
June 21-23, 2019
Inycon is the oldest wine festival in Sicily. This weekend in June you can participate in wine tastings, wine exhibitions and workshops, music events, and cooking shows and taste delicious Sicilian food in the historic town of Menfi near Agrigento.
ARIA DI FESTA, SAN DANIELE HAM FAIR in Friuli Venezia Giulia
June 21-24, 2019
This event includes two 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.
FESTA ARTUSIANA – ARTUSI’S CELEBRATION, Forlimpopoli/Forli-Cesena
June 22-30, 2019
The desire to seek out new tastes is created at 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 sample unknown dishes. The festival features workshops, tastings and talks on food culture.
FESTIVAL DEL BRODETTO AND FISH SOUP in Fano, Marche
July 4-7, 2019
For fish lovers, the Festival of “brodetto” and fish soup is a not-to-be-missed event. During the festival well-known chefs from all over Italy and abroad will discuss culinary themes and in particular special recipes for fish stews and soups. This all happens in the city of Fano, an enchanting seaside resort and marina with an old town centre rich in art from the Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras.