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At Cannobio near Novara in Piedmont, January brings the feast of luganiga, a type of sausage, celebrated with heaps of boiled sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut.
Held in Vignola near Modena in Emilia-Romagna in early April.
At Marotta near Pesaro in The Marches, you will find this sagra dedicated to the Garagoi, or sea snails. They are cooked in tomato sauce with lots of pepper. The locals say the best way to eat them is to take a sip of wine for every seven snails. Naturally, only the local wines such as Bianchello and Verdicchio from the Colli Pesaresi will do.
More than fourteen hundred pounds of potatoes are cooked for this feast at Teolo near Padua, and everyone eats potato gnocchi.
This fair honoring a small fried flatbread is held at Fontanelice near Bologna.
The stockfish fair is held at Melazzo near Alessandria in Piedmont. Five chefs cook huge quantities of the dried fish with tomato sauce, olives, anchovies, tuna, and garlic. The day's events include stockfish hurling contests.
This fair is held at Bomarzo near Viterbo in Latium. Ring-shaped cookies flavored with aniseed are dedicated to Saint Anselm, the patron saint of Bomarzo.
To celebrate Easter, a hard-cooked egg-eating contest is the highlight of this feast held at Tredozio near Forli in Emilia-Romagna.
Held at Ladispoli in Rome, this sagra features a mountain of mammola artichokes, the round, spineless variety for which the region is renowned. The piazza is surrounded by stands offering them cooked in different ways. At night there is a fireworks display.
Held at Camogli near Genoa, in honor of the feast of San Fortunato, the patron saint of fishermen. The townspeople fry up fresh fish in an enormous pan and distribute it to all. The locals say the best way to eat them is to take a sip of wine for every seven snails. Naturally, only the local wines such as Bianchello and Verdicchio from the Colli Pesaresi will do.
Held in July at Albinea in Emilia-Romagna. Fizzy, red wine is sampled with gnocco fritto, or fried puffs of pasta dough, accompanied by prosciutto and salami and erbazzone, a savory tart stuffed with greens, eggs, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Held in Rome along the banks of the Tiber. Noiantri means "we others," which is the way the residents of the bohemian Trastevere neighborhood think of themselves, as a breed apart. Booths offer tastes of bruschetta and sell local crafts and foodstuffs.
National Watermelon Eating Championship held at Sissa near Parma.
At San Godenzo near Florence, fresh and aged sheep's milk cheese is tasted in the town square.
|The harvest season brings a wealth of gastronomic festivals throughout Italy. You could probably find one for every day of the month of September. The Festa of the Duck is held at Desenzano on Lake Garda, of the Wild Boar at Capalbio in Tuscany, of the Octopus at Portovenere in Tuscany, of the Mushrooms at Budoia in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and Lucca in Tuscany. Among the many Grape Festivals, the most famous is probably that of Marino in the Castelli Romani in Latium where a huge fountain spouts white wine instead of water.|
Held each year at Castagnole Monferrato near Asti in Piemont, with the harvesting and stomping of the grapes in the old manner. Afterward there is a big dinner featuring polenta with anchovy sauce.
Held in Castellero in Piedmont. The highlight is a footrace through the hazelnuts. Homemade tortes, cakes, and sweets are handed out and prizes given for he best nuts.
Held at Selvatelle near Pisa. Cooks prepare potted hare, roasted hare, and pappadelle with hare sauce. For those who don't like hare, there are grilled steaks and roast pork.
Held at Latiano in Puglia, this fair celebrates a type of homemade pasta that is shaped into little curved disks and served with a tomato sauce and sour ricotta cheese.