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Festivals in Tuscany in July not to be missed – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Festivals in Tuscany in July not to be missed

The whole program is in the funny name. It’s impossible not to understand what you can taste at the Sagra della Ranocchiocciola: the undisputed protagonists of the event are, in fact, frogs and snails. We are in Massarosa, Lucca, and the second part of the festival will be from 18 to 28 July (the first from 5 to 14). Elisa Santini from the Fratres Association, a group of local blood donors who organize it, tells us about it. “It’s in the Sterpeti park, in a well-equipped area. There’s a fixed structure with kitchens and then a tent with tables and a dance floor where you can dance both smooth and disco music to meet everyone’s tastes.” Speaking of tastes, here, we were saying, you can eat fried frogs and stewed snails, but also cacciucco, mixed fried food, tordelli with ragù (typical Lucca tortelli), grilled meat and then tarts and ice cream.

March festivals and other greedy events of the month – Italian Cuisine

March festivals and other greedy events of the month

From the evenings to watch a movie and enjoy sustainable food to the many occasions to dine at discounted prices, to the appointments to taste the craft beer or discover the cheese made with milk hay

The emergency Coronavirus these days it has slightly revolutionized our habits, city life, scheduled events. Some demonstrations have been postponed, others confirmed, especially in Milan where however the restaurateurs and many activities are trying to react. It is hoped that this critical moment will pass quickly and the desire to go out, eat out and have fun will return. There will be plenty of opportunities. Here they are.

Food, film and sustainability in Milan

It started on February 21 and, until April 3, the FoodFilmFestival 2020 will offer tastings, films, documentaries and peasant stories related to food in Milan. Each evening of the event includes a screening, a dinner-tasting based on ethical and sustainable products and meetings and testimonials on the topic. The whole program can be found on the website.

Discounted meals with TheForkFestival

Until April 4th thanks to TheFork Festival, event organized by TheFork, app to search and book the online restaurant, 2 thousand restaurants all over Italy offer 50% discounts at checkout, including drinks and no coupons. Take advantage!

A week of craft beer

From 2 to 8 March we celebrate the Craft Beer Week, the largest "widespread event" in Italy dedicated to beer produced by independent and craft breweries. Tastings, dinners with combinations, meetings with brewers, visits to production plants, presentations of new beers, festivals, special offers, all events organized independently by pubs, breweries, beershop, restaurants, bistros, wine bars, associations or sites e-commerce. Here they are all on initiative website: the various appointments are divided by date and by region.

Together in Franciacorta

The March 6, 7 and 8 INSI & ME in Franciacorta it will be an entirely new festival dedicated to wine lovers and lovers of good food and culture. An opportunity to get to know Franciacorta from a new point of view and visit it in an unconventional period. The protagonists of the Festival will be the Franciacortini chefs who will make four-handed lunches and dinners with colleagues from all over Italy and the world. Creative menus (starting from 45 euros), where traditional cuisine will be mixed with the flavors of other places. The territory will then be animated by exhibitions, displays, book presentations, guided tours and concerts organized within more symbolic and suggestive historical places. Finally, there will be guided tours and tastings in the cellars that will open the doors to enthusiasts, tourists and curious.

In South Tyrol for the Cheese Festival

If you like cheese and the mountain don't miss the appointment with the Cheese Festival in South Tyrol from 13 to 15 March. Local cheese producers from Italy and Europe find themselves in Campo Tures, to offer the best of dairy production and tell the stories of tradition and innovation that lie behind this product. Among the protagonists of the event, among others, the cheeses produced with hay milk from South Tyrol, coming from cows that feed only on fodder without silage (fermented foods). There will be taste workshops, show cooking with starred chefs and workshops for children.

VeggieWorld, the whole vegan world in Milan

VeggieWorld, the most important trade fair network in the vegan world, arrives in Milan on the first spring weekend. Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March at the BASE of Milan everything will be dedicated to the vegan lifestyle: many stands dedicated to food, clothing and cosmetics, as well as a busy show-cooking program, in-depth talks and book presentations.

The excellence of pasta in Rome

TO Rome, the March 28 and 29, Pasta Excellence Celebrate pasta: 40 Italian chefs (including 10 starred ones) will create 28 cooking shows – 14 dedicated to traditional recipes and 14 to gourmet dishes – and 8 cooking lessons in the classrooms of the Coquis by Excellence high-training center. There will be exhibitors selected from pasta factories, seasoning producers and wineries. During the event, the PASTA EXCELLENCE Awards will also be awarded, voted by an external jury made up of representatives of the main newspapers in the sector, called to decree the best first courses in the restaurants of the capital. Opening to the public with ticket (15 euros).

February festivals (and other mouthwatering events of the month) – Italian Cuisine

February festivals (and other mouthwatering events of the month)

Cheeses, chocolate, mountain bubbles, beers: the February events to taste, taste, have fun!

The culture of oil in Milan

From 6 to 8 February at Palazzo delle Stelline a Milan returns Oil Officina Festival. The theme of this ninth edition will be The oil of peoples: scheduled meetings, tastings of Italian oils, from the world and even of the rare Japanese extra virgin olive oil, tasting workshops (pure, paired, table olives and pate), art exhibitions. Since the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the "extra virgin olive oil" product category is being celebrated, the organizers have decided to give free admission to the event, thus opening it up to a wider audience.

Cogne to taste

TO Cogne (AO), in Chanoux square, on winter Saturdays, local and Aosta Valley farms take turns to make the fruit of their work known: cheeses, salami, but also baked goods and confectionery. During the event it will also be possible to taste the various gastronomic delicacies and taste the Aosta Valley wines.

Rare cheeses in Rome

If you are passionate about cheese, the event of the month that you cannot miss is formaticum, the market exhibition of Italian dairy rarities to be held on8 and 9 February in Rome at Palazzo Wegil. About twenty companies present in the 2020 edition with some of the producers who are part of the virtuous circuit of Agricultural Dairies whose principles – in line with Formaticum – are herding, raw milk and respect for the animal and the environment. New this year, attention to consumer choices for the realization of a conscious purchase. Also scheduled are seminars, round tables, tastings and activities for children such as the spinning demonstration.

All forms of chocolate in Asiago

The 7, 8 and 9 February in the center of Asiago (VI) come back Art & Ciocc. The Tour of the Chocolatiers. Piazza Carli will host many stands with chocolate for all tastes (gluten-free, bio, vegan, sugar-free, raw) and master chocolatiers from all over Italy who will tempt you with regional specialties, but also with new delights and new tastes, as well as small and large chocolate objects and sculptures. At ChocoLab, a chocolate factory with real working machinery, the expert master chocolatier from Perugia Fausto Ercolani will offer tasty lessons to young and old showing the whole process of transformation from cocoa bean to chocolate bar, with tales, games and experiments to the discovery of the food of the gods. Exceptional guest, pastry chef Ernst Knam who will go on stage at the event on Saturday morning.

Farmers celebrating at Eataly Rome

Two weekends to get to know the products of the Lazio countryside: on 8 and 9 and the 22 and 23 February Eataly Rome will host the Farmers Market in Festa that pays tribute to the agri-food excellence of Lazio. From the outdoor area up to the ground floor you can discover many organic products at zero km and street food: cheeses, bread, eggs, cold cuts, mortadelline, biscuits, vegetable preserves, yogurt, extra virgin olive oil, legumes. There will be workshops to learn how to make bread, yogurt, organic beeswax, mushroom cultivation and a masked show with cabbage recipes.

Mountain bubbles in Trentino

Trentodoc in the Dolomites offers two weekends to discover the mountain bubbles. The first appointment is scheduled from 13 to 16 February in Madonna di Campiglio (TN) between lunches in mountain huts and aperitifs with downhill skiing on foot. From 19 to 23 February the event will move to Val di Fassa between snacks, spas and bubbles to taste with starred dishes.

Beer in Rimini

The February 15 Beer & Food Attraction at the fair a Rimini it also opens its doors to all beer lovers and tasters. The day will see the awarding of the Unionbirrai Beer of the Year Competition, the brasserie trophy dedicated to the best Italian craft beers, and the announcement of the Brewery of the Year. The 2020 edition of the Competition registered the participation of 302 craft breweries for a total of 2,145 registered beers. This year, another 41 reserved for Sour Italian Grape Ale, beers with acid notes obtained by adding grapes, must, marc or cooked wine, is added to the 41 categories of beers already provided for by the regulation.

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