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Foodie Alert! Food Festivals and Events in Italy This September

As we all know, one of the many things that Italy is best known for is its food, and this becomes much more apparent during the autumn season. This is because during these months, the harvests begin, and there is much of the local produce to sample as people begin to store and process these products for the winter months. However, autumn isn’t JUST about celebrating local produce, but rather, celebrating food in general, and what better place to do it all in than a country such as Italy?

So if you’re a traveler who is up for some culinary adventure while touring this country during the beautiful fall months, here are some food festivals and events in Italy this September that you mustn’t miss!

What: GNAM! Street Food Festival 2014

When: September 11 to 14, 2014

Where: Martina Franca, Puglia, Italy


Many seasoned travelers would probably tell you that one of the best ways to get to know a country is by its street food, because it reflects a lot about the local culture and customs. If you’re in the Puglia area this week, however, you’re in for a treat as you’ll get the opportunity to acquaint yourself with a lot of different food customs! Make sure to drop by The GNAM! Street Food Festival! As the name suggests, this event will feature various types of street food, and it won’t be just dishes from Italy, but from many other countries as well as the event aims to promote knowledge of various food traditions. The event will feature educational talks, food tastings (of course!), live music, as well as street performers.

Photo by Riccardo Cambiassi

Photo by Riccardo Cambiassi

What: Taste of Roma

When: September 18 to 21, 2014 

Where: Rome, Italy

Taste of Roma Chef

Do you sometimes wish that you could try out all of the finest restaurants in Rome, but simply don’t have enough time to do so? Then grab your tickets to Taste of Roma because those restaurants are going to be there. Scheduled to be held at the lovely garden area of AUDITORIUM Parco della Musica, the event will be featuring many of the city’s best chefs, bakers, and other artisanal food makers. There will be chef demonstrations, hands-on lessons, wine tastings, as well as food-related activities for children. There will also be a “blind tasting” where people will be served delectable dishes while wearing a blindfold, all in order to appreciate the taste of the dish at a deeper level.

Taste of Roma Demo

What: BavieraFest

When: September 19-28, 2014 

Where: La Spezia, Italy


It may not be October yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early for Oktoberfest! The BavieraFest is a German beer festival that visits many towns and cities throughout the country of Italy, and this September, they can be found up north, at the coastal town of La Spezia, nestled in between Pisa and Genoa. If you’re up for some beer and franks, this is the place to be! The event will feature German beers, sausages, strudel, pretzels, and various other German products, all accompanied by live music.

What: I Primi D’Italia

When: September 25 to 28, 2014

Where: Foligno, Perugia, Italy


If you love Italian starters, it’s time to pack your bags and head to Foligno in Perugia for I Primi D’Italia, an event that is dedicated EXCLUSIVELY to these dishes. This event is a three-day celebration of Italian pastas, soups, gnocchi, and basically all Italian starters. There will be tastings, chef demonstrations, as well as pasta-making classes for amateurs and professionals, as well as children. Learn the secrets of making the perfect pasta sauces, and educate yourself on condiments and ingredients at this event.  There will also be exhibits, as well as booths that sell products from artisanal food makers. One of the best features of the event is that there will be “villages” that cater to specific food types, including one for pasta, one for polenta, one for rice, and another for gluten-free products. For those who want to sweat off some calories after eating so much pasta, though, the event will also be sponsoring a 20km fun run.

What: Patata in BO, Bologna Potato Festival

When: September 22 to 28, 2014

Where: Bologna, Italy


As you may have probably already guessed from the title of the event, yes, this is a weeklong event in Bologna which celebrates the glorious potato! At Patata in BO, everything promises to bring potato fans to potato heaven, as you will get to learn of the types of local potatoes that are grown in various Italian provinces, as prepared in traditional manners. Afterwards, you get to taste it all, too, of course, as there will be food tastings as well as exhibitor booths and food carts where you can get your helping of the spud-based dish you fancy. Whether it’s a potato salad, potato soup, potato fries, potato chips, potato gnocchi, potato pizza… you’ll find it all in Bologna!


What: The Gelato Museum, Second Anniversary Celebration

When:  September 27 to 28, 2014

Where: Bologna, Italy


And of course, we can’t finish this off without dessert, can we? After you’ve enjoyed the Potato Festival in Bologna, make sure to also drop in for the Gelato Museum’s second birthday party! There will be guided tours that will educate visitors on the history of the wonderful gelato, as well as talks and hands-on lessons on gelato-making. There will also be gelato cake design laboratories where foodies can create and design their own gelato cakes and take it home afterwards to enjoy. To top it off, there will also be guided tours through the famous Righini vintage cars collection which is also housed on the premises.

These are just a few of the many food festivals that are held in Italy during autumn, and for the dedicated foodie, taking the time to visit and experience them is always guaranteed to be an awesome gastronomic delight! So get your taste buds ready, and get over to Italy!

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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