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4/15/2014

Spring-Summer 2014 Fab Wine-Food Festivals in Umbria

Spring has finally arrived and  - again - this year we've put together our "traditional" post about our favourite Wine and Food Festivals (please notice that all the festivals listed below were personally inspected for a strict "food quality control" to guarantee only the best to the people traveling in our Umbria, ah ah).

Of course, this is a first draft of the events.
If you have your favourite sagra or you are involved in the organization of a  festival and you like promoting it on our blog, just let us know.



PIC NIC A TREVI 25-27 APRIL 2014 - TREVI
Trevi is a beautiful hill-top village known for its famous extra virgin olive oil produced by the thousand olive trees around the old town.
With a traditional sportina full of delicacies, you can enjoy tasty local food under the shadow of the olive trees few metres from the old town. I personally took part to one of the first editions (proved by my photo with the sportina on the left): full story here.


A very exclusive visit in a workshop last year
I GELATI D'ITALIA 1-4 MAY 2014 - ORVIETO
Second edition for this very nice event in the historical centre of Orvieto, visited last year by more than 40.000 visitors.
20 different gelato flavours for the 20 regions of Italy, in an amazing challenge involving the best Italian Maestri Gelatieri, ice-cream artisans.


PORCHETTIAMO 9-11 MAY 2014 - SAN TERENZIANO
Porchettiamo is "the" festival to celebrate one of the most famous Umbrian street food: 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 served in paring with wine and Umbrian craft beers.

The funny hat I purchased last year during Cantine Aperte "Follower of Sangiovese"


CANTINE APERTE – "WINERIES OPEN DAY” MAY 25 2014 - 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.

MERCATO DELLE GAITE JUNE 19-29 2014 - 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 piazzas and narrow streets, food and specialities prepared following original recipes from the XIII century 

Local cooks at work in Parrano (TR)
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 country-house 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 and advertised only locally.

ENOLOGICA MONTEFALCO SEPTEMBER 19-21 2014 - MONTEFALCO 
Among all the wine festivals in Umbria, Enologica Montefalco is definitely one of our favourite. Organized in the village who gives the name to the area of production of one of the most prestigious 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.
 

Too much food and wine?
Don't forget the other TOP Events in the region:

Steve McCurry exhibition in Perugia
INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM FESTIVAL - PERUGIA 
30 APRIL - MAY 4 2014
SPOLETO FESTIVAL JUNE 27- JULY 13 2014 
UMBRIA JAZZ PERUGIA 11-20 JULY 2014 
SENSATIONAL UMBRIA - PERUGIA -  MARCH 29 - OCTOBER 5 2014 
100 shots on Umbria by the National Geographic Photographer Steve McCurry 



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