Food Festivals Promise a Delicious Italian Summer

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 04:29

As the summer heats up, there's no shortage of things to do in Italy. For a relaxing and tasty experience, try attending a festival featuring the best local delicacies that each region has to offer.

We've put together a list of some of the upcoming events and tastings, broken down by location. Buon appetito!

Valle d’Aosta

Saveurs du Val d'Aoste: Combining music, story-telling and gastronomy, the festival will be held in 12 locations through Valle d’Aosta this summer. 12 local wine producers and 12 restuarants will participate in the multi-sensory experience. The festival brings together flavors, aromas, colors, sounds and traditions of the area. For more information (in Italian) click here.


Canneto tasting: From the 13th to the 18th of July Canneto Pavese celebrates local wine with typical food and music from the region. For more information (in Italian) click here.

Peach Festival: In its 28th year, all things peach will be celebrated in Collon from now until the 17th of July. For more information (in Italian) click here.

Trentino Alto Adige

Herdsmen for a day: Every Tuesday morning throughout the 21st of September, milking and processing demonstrations will be held in Castello Tesino. For more information (in Italian) click here.

Friuli Venezia GiuliaBier Fest: Held in Latisana from the 16th to 23rd of July, the event will feature dishes from Friuli, the best brands of beer and wine tasting rooms. For more information (in Italian) click here.

Emilia Romagna

Clam Festival: From the 14th to the 17th of July and from the 22nd to the 24th of July, the festival includes tastings and free tours in the lagoon. For more information (in Italian) click here.


Rock, Wine and Blues 2011: the 29th and 30th of July, taste local products during a Rock & Blues music festival that features national and international artists. For more information (in Italian) click here.

Mafia in a Pot

The innovative dining and entertainment experience explores the products of Libera Terra, an organisation that works the land that has been confiscated from the Mafia.

Millions of hectares of land in Sicily, Calabria, Puglia, Campania, and Piedmont were seized and handed to the Libera Terra non-govermental organization which then farms it and sells the products under the Libera Terra brand. The dinners are meant to symbolize the “hunger” for legality.

The menu includes wine, olive oil, hot peppers, eggplants, beans, pasta, mozzarella di bufala, nougat, honey, jam, and limoncello; all sourced from Libera Terra.

Upcoming dates include 18th of July in Carpi (Modena), 23rd of July in Florence and 28th – 30th July in Calabria. For more information (in Italian) click here.