Italys food festivals are not just a chance to savor fantastic regional specialities, but also to delve into local culture and autumn is the time to go
Italys best-kept food secret is the sagra . A festival organised to show off a local food or beverage( or both ), a sagra is a place where youll eat well and learn. Most sagre have local producers selling the goods, but there are also tastings, competitors, demonstrations and special menu. And theyre not just about the food: many sagre have their roots in old country fairs or pagan festivals celebrating the harvest and have been running for decades, even centuries. And while some have risen beyond local status to that of crowded international celebrations, hundreds remain events where youll dine and drink elbow-to-elbow with locals. Here are seven autumn sagre that are both bustling but still true to their roots.
Sagra della Castagna, Soriano nel Cimino, Lazio
29 September-2 October and 6-9 October
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