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4/08/2013

[Some] Top Food Festivals in Umbria Spring-Summer 2013

Everybody knows that we, Italians, we love celebrations. Religious or not, you know very well that we love festeggiare with food and wine. Always and ever. 
The best way to enjoy Umbria and Italy, to live authentic experiences in contact with locals, is definitely planning your stay in conjunction with one, or more, festivals.
Here a first list to our favourite Food and Wine Events from May to September in Umbria (especially the ones close to our area, Todi), a first draft that we'll be happy to constantly update during the season.

Stay tuned and...visit Umbria!


PORCHETTIAMO - 10-11-12 MAY 2013 - SAN TERENZIANO
Porchettiamo is "the" festival for celebrating one of the most famous Umbrian "child": porchetta, the traditional roast pork. San Terenziano and Grutti nice villages very close to Todi, are famous in the region for this pork production. This "typical and delicious food, rich in history, both noble and popular, has always been the street, square, fair and market-food". All the porchetta producers at Porchettiamo have been carefully selected by the organizers according to quality, craftsmanship and authenticity. This year the festival will also host other tasty "friends" of porchetta, like Cicotto (recently got the prestigious title of Slow Food Presidia) and Lampredotto, a traditional product from Florence together with gluten free sandwiches and beers for celiacs, wine and special traditional drinks.
More information on:  porchettiamo.com
   

UMBRIA WATER FESTIVAL - MAY 18 2013 - PARRANO
Need detoxing? Don't worry, Umbria is also able to offer it. Thanks to its huge quantity of natural springs, the region celebrates its waters during Umbria Water Festival with events all over the region from Marmore Waterfalls, to Clitunno Springs loved and glorified even by Lord Byron - to Trasimeno Lake.
On MAY 18, the cozy little village of Parrano, province of Terni, located on the western border of Umbria, in a very quiet, wonderful and wild area, very rich in termal waters, organizes - thanks to the efforts of its eclectic Mayor Vittorio Tarparelli and in collaboration with the local associations, Slow Food Orvieto and the sommeliers from Fisar -  a very nice full day event including a guided visit to the famous gorge of Parrano called also "the Devil's hole", mineral waters and traditional breads tasting, wine and food tasting and more.
More information: festival@parrano.it
  

CANTINE APERTE – "WINERIES OPEN DAY” MAY 26 2013 - All over UMBRIA
This is the most important wine event of the year , involving wine as the main protagonist together with the people who produce it and the territory where it is made. Since 1993, during the the last Sunday of May, the members of the association "Movimento Turismo del Vino" have opened their doors to the vast public establishing in this way an immediate and direct contact with all wine tourists and lovers.
If you'll be in our wine area doc Todi, to taste our special white wine Grechetto, we also suggest a visit to Todi Fiorita - 24-26 MAY 2013 national exhibition of Flower Gardening. 
More information: movimentoturismovino.it  / todifiorita.it



MERCATO DELLE GAITE JUNE 20-30 2013 - BEVAGNA
Listing Mercato della Gaite as a food festival is definitely reducing. Mercato delle Gaite is "the" Medieval Festival par excellence. Inspired by the ancient division of Bevagna in four different quarters (gaita), the aim of the festival is recreating - paying attention to every detail, the authentic daily life of its citizens between 1250 and 1350. In Bevagna during these ten days it is possible to get into a time capsule, visiting ancient shops, experiencing medieval crafts, arts and games and tasting at night, in its magical piazzas and narrow streets, food and specialities prepared following original recipes from the XIII century 
More information: mercatodellegaite.it
 

SAGRA - SUMMER FOOD FESTIVALS – JUNE TO SEPTEMBER - All over Umbria
Summer is the season of Sagra, the local food festivals that take place almost in every medium-little village in the region. Listing all the sagras is not simple, although there are some interesting websites (in Italian) like umbriasagre.com  where you can find updated information on the most important ones . However, if you are renting a countryhouse or you're booking an hotel stay, the best way to get to know about the sagras in the vicinity is asking your host. Sagras infact are organized mainly by and  for local people, therefore,  in many cases advertised only locally.
Among all the sagras, the one we really are in love with is Porto Sagra del Pesce lake fish festival organized by the warm-hearted citizens of the small village  of Porto, close to Trasimeno lake, every year the week before Ferragosto (August 15)


FESTA DELLA CIPOLLA SEPTEMBER 4-8/10-15 2013 - CANNARA
The little town of Cannara celebrates every year one of the best Umbrian products: la cipolla, THE onion. Cutivated in the area of Cannara for centuries thanks to the special characteristics of the soil, very rich in potassium, a basic element for the cultivation of these"hi-end" onions. Yes, because Cipolla di Cannara is really so tasty that during the festa is used to prepare special dishes like the memorable parmigiana and even onion cream-filled doughnuts! 
Incredible "tales and legends" (all related to the smell of the participants persisting for several days after the event...) are connected to Festa della Cipolla di Cannara. 
Here two funny stories and useful tips about it by top local experts Rebecca Winke  and Jennifer McIlvane.
More information on Cipolla di Cannara producers (in Italian): cipolladicannara.it
Information on the Festa: festadellacipolla.com 

   
ENOLOGICA MONTEFALCO SEPTEMBER 15-18 2013 - MONTEFALCO 
Among all the wine festivals in Umbria, Enologica Montefalco is definitely our favourite. Organized in the village who gives the name to the area of production of one of the most prestigios Umbrian wines Sagrantino, Enologica includes wine tasting of Montefalco doc/docg wines - tasting room located in the former monastery of Sant'Agostino in the centre of the town -  guided tours to some wineries, conferences and more: Festa della Vendemmia, grape harvest festa, generally on Sunday, with the parade of carri dell'uva (=grape wagons), drawn in town by tractors and full of...ehmm...let's say "very jubilant" young people, offering (yes, for free, everything is sponsored by the local City Hall), home-made wine directly from the barrels, cold cuts, salami, cheeses, lentils and....happiness. Litres.
More information: enologicamontefalco.it


At the moment most of the websites we linked above are not updated. For more information contact directly the organizers or email us.
If you like/organize/take part to other food and wine festivals in the region, let us know! We're very happy to host it on our blog.


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