Five Food Festivals in Tuscany You Shouldn’t Miss
Italian cuisine is well-known and well-loved the entire world over, and true to form, the Italians love celebrating with food, and celebrating their food! After all, who doesn’t love a good taste meal or snack? So listen up, foodies! If you’re planning to drop by the region of Tuscany sometime this August, make sure to mark calendars for the five food festivals in Tuscany that any foodie shouldn’t miss!
What: Fish & Chips Festival
When: July 26 to August 16
If you’re up for a bit of British food while in Tuscany, head over to the medieval town of Barga where the local Scottish population holds their annual summer food festival! Known locally as Sagra del Pesce e Patate (literally “Fish and Potatoes Festival”) the event features the iconic British snack, served with some tomato salad, and of course, a lot of Chianti wine to wash it all down with. While you’re in the area, make sure to also check out the town’s historic church and cathedral.
What: Baviera Festa
Where: Castelnuovo di Garfaganana
When: August 1 to August 11
Don’t you sometimes wish that you could celebrate Oktoberfest while in Tuscany? Well now you can! Drop by the scenic town of Castelnuovo di Garfaganana in the province of Lucca for some strudel, pork shank, pork knuckles, pretzels, wurstel, sausages, and other German treats. And of course, music and beer! And don’t worry, if you miss this one, they’ll also be at Venturina Terma in Livorno from August 29 to September 14.
What: Sagra del Panigaccio
When: August 12 to August 21
Located just 110 kilometers northwest of Florence, the town of Podenzana will be holding a food festival to celebrate its iconic flatbread known as the panigacci which are cooked in the traditional manner, on flat terracotta saucers. They are then served with other ingredients that are typical to the region, including olive oil, cheeses, mushrooms, cured meats, and olives. For the kids, and those with a sweet tooth, Nutella can also be slathered on it and enjoyed as a dessert or a snack. For a few euros more, there is also going to be a seafood menu. All of this will be accompanied by live musical performances (and a karaoke contest or two).
What: Sagra della Ficamaschia
Where: Porto Ercole
When: From August 16 to August 25
Known as a “poor man’s fish” this strangely-named but delicious fish is a local specialty that is caught right off the town’s shoreline. Enjoy it in its many varieties, including stewed, grilled, or breaded and friend until golden!
What: Sagra del Cinghiale
Where: Foro Boario, Borgo San Lorenzo
When: From August 23 to September 1
Calling all carnivores and meat-lovers! If you’d like to treat yourself to some wild boar delicacies, drop by the Foro Boario in Borgo San Lorenzo for a meat extravaganza! Enjoy the distinctive taste of wild boar meat in its many forms, from grilled, smoked, fried, stewed, in broth, in sauce, in pasta, in bread, and so on! Enjoy it with some delicious local cheeses and fresh produce, and of course, a glass or two of that famous Tuscan wine.
These are just a few of the many other food festivals in the entire country, but if you’re touring the Tuscany area, try to see if you can visit all of the festivals listed here! So get your tummy ready because it’s going to be in for a lot of treats!