21 Jun On definition of “SAGRA” – why you should try local food festivals in Italy
Italians love to eat. Plus, Italians love to eat well and a lot, better if their “nonna” (grandma) is at the cooker!
But a must of Italian food culture is TO EAT TOGETHER! And the reason why we all love to eat and drink at SAGRA! All together!
WHEN IN ITALY, GET READY FOR A REAL “SAGRA EXPERIENCE”! Absolutely something to add to your bucket list!
Traditional outside festival to celebrate typical food or plate or even old farmers’ rituals (where in any case food is involved!) Italian way…eating!
HOW TO RECOGNISE A “SAGRA”
- usually host under big awnings with long tables and benches, in yards, fields or villages’ squares
- you will see people queueing with their plastic trais always extra full!
- thare is a food to celebrate! And most of the dishes are made with it (even a little bit filthy dirty!)
- there is a band playing Italian songs with at least an accordion and elders love to dance “liscio” (traditional ballroom dancing)
- games to win ham, bottle of oil, salamin and cheese are involved. And be careful: you have to fight for the best numbers with pretty scrappy grannies! And buying the last number is a lost game! Trust us!
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY EATING AT LOCAL “SAGRA”
- they are not expensive (and the portions are pretty generous!)
- you will taste Italian specialties Italian way!
- you will take part to a real traditional ritual with fun, music and so on! Something genuine and funny! Out of the common touristic places’ circuit (especially restaurants)
- you can say you experienced a real SAGRA!
WHICH “SAGRE” ARE HELD IN EVERY PERIOD OF THE YEAR
Sagra in summer is amazing: you eat outside , enjoying good food on warm nights!
Sagra in autumn…is amazinger! Especially if events are hold in villages’ canteens opened for the festival: is a big treasure hunt…of food and wine!