Here are some links about attending a sagre / feste (food themed or religious festivals) in Italy:
- Reading Sagra Posters – By James Martin – Source: Wandering Italy
- The Sagra – June 23, 2011 – Contributed by Anne Robichaud – Source: ItalianNotebook – "The Free, Brief, Daily email from Italy read by (tens of) thousands worldwide!"
- Sagra - What is an Italian Sagra? – By Martha Bakerjian – Source: Italy Travel section of About.com
- Le Sagre - le belle Feste - Italy´s local festivals – Source: L'Ariete – "Countryhouse in the heart of Renaissance Italy" – In English, German, Italian
- Le Marche; Sagre and Festivals – Source: living in le marche
- Le Sagre in Maremma – "Traditional Food Festivals and Feasts – A very good description on what to expect at a sagre." – Source: The Maremma Guide – "Maremma's beauty will capture your heart, Her wildernesses touch your soul."
- sagreinitalia.it – In Italian Only – Source: web site – "Il portale delle sagre, fiere e manifestazioni tradizionali (The site of festivals, fairs and traditional events)"
- Anne's Travel Notes - Summer is the Time for Sagra! – by: Anne Robichaud – Source: Found in Stores of slow travel – "Travel slowly, staying in vacation rentals (villas, farms, cottages, apartments)"
- The Umbrian Sagra Survival Guide – Rebecca Brigolante – NOTE: Much of what Rebecca writes applies to sagre in Tuscany. The main difference is the duration of the sagra. – Source: Brigolante Guest Apartments – "Agritourism in Umbria – Vacation Home Rental Near Assisi". – In English, French, German, Italian
- friends and family in italy – blogger: taccarinoinitaly (Martha S. Taccarino) – Source: web site
- Ms. Adventures in Italy – "MY STOMACH, THE WORLD" – blogger and more: Sara Rosso – Source: web site
- Strawberry Festival, Sagra delle Fragole in Italy – June 24th, 2010
- OU BlogAbroad (Oklahoma University) – bloggers: various – Source: web site
- La Sagra in Ponte Alla Chiassa – Sat. October 1, 2011
- ANNOUNCEMENTS (PUBLICITY) FOR A SAGRA / FESTA
- GETTING THE WORD OUT
- Found on sagre / feste posters
- The posters may be in bright neon colors: green, orange, pink, etc.
- Found on banners
- These banners may be located on buildings, fences, overhead across a street, etc.
- Found on flyers, handbills left in bars, restaurants and other business establishments.
- Found in mailers sent to homes, apartments and businesses in the local area.
- Found on entertainment posters
- These separate posters are for entertainment or about entertainers appearing and performing at a specific sagra / festa.
- These specific entertainment posters will start appearing on the roads by or where the sagra / festa is being held.
- WHEN: ANNUAL EVENT
- Usually occurs the same time and location every year or for example, depending on whenever Easter is - 2 weeks after
- Because of this fact, the banners and posters normally do not appear until 2 weeks before the start of the sagra / festa. There are exceptions (popularity, size, etc.) to when the banners and posters will start appearing sometimes 4 weeks prior to the sagra / festa
- WHO BENEFITS FROM A SAGRA / FESTA
- Usually, the sagra / festa.is a fund raisers for the youth sports teams or a comune (town, village, etc.) project or a group in the community
- WHO RUNS/OPERATES THE SAGRA / FESTA
- Its all done by volunteers from all age groups. Except for the food preparation and cooking, they are inexperienced individuals.
- Many things get donated to the sagra / festa.
- LOCATION OF SAGRA / FESTA
- Very few sagra / festa provide directions to their respective event. When my wife and I first started to attend sagre / feste, we did not know where they were being held. Now, we know to look for: a campo sportivo (sports field). the centro storico (historic center) of a town or village, a giardini pubblici (public garden), white tents, etc.
- Also, you can look for entertainment or entertainer's posters along the side of the road
- They are found on the poster and the TIMES are in a 24 hour format:
- cena (dinner) usually starts between 19,00 (7:00 PM) - 20,00 (9:00 PM)
- pranzo (lunch) ONLY ON SUNDAY starts between 12,00 (12:00 PM) - 13,00 (1:00 PM) and is usually over between 15,00 (3:00 PM) - 15,30 (3:30 PM)
- entertainment (singing or dancing, etc.) starts at 21,30 (9:30 PM)
- My wife and I like to go early to avoid crowds and to find the sagra / festa, if we have not been to the sagra or festa before, or to find relatively close-in parking. Depending on the popularity and size of the sagra / festa, there may get be a shuttle bus to take you to the event.
- WHAT'S TO EAT
- If is a sagra, there may be a food theme, e.g., anatra (duck), ciliegia (cherries), cinghiale (wild boar), pesce (fish), struzzo (ostrich), oca (goose), pasta, pizza, tartufo (truffles), porcini / funghi (mushrooms), etc. If it's a festa, there may be a culinary specialty, food speciality or gastronomic speciality from the surrounding area.
- There will be food choices for most folks. However, for vegetarians and vegans, there may be. In Toscana/Tuscany, a typical menu for cena (dinner) may look like the following:
- Antipasto (appetizer) – In Toscana/Tuscany, it will be crostini with various toppings, for example, grounded chicken livers, pomodori (tomatoes), etc. and slices of pecorino (sheep cheese), prosciutto, salami, etc. and a sagra / festa specialty item
- Primi piatti (first course), usually pasta - couple choices
- Secondi piatti (second course), usually the specialty of the sagra or festa plus a few other choices that may include but not limited to bistecca (steak), maiale (pork), etc.
- Vendure or contorni (vegetables): cannelloni beans, patate fritte (french fries potatoes)
- Insalata (green salad) served with olio e aceto (oil and vinegar) - NO other choices!
- Dolci (dessert)
- The price for your meal is posted or listed on a menu board: a full/complete (completo) menu or order just whatever you would like to eat or pizza. You can usually make your selections on a pre-printed form (if available) and pay at a cassa (cashier). Then, you take a printed receipt with your selections on it to where there is a person directing you to sit. If there is no person telling you where to be seated, you seat yourself at an available table for your meal.
- Normally whatever you order will cost a whole lot less than a restaurant meal
- ACTUAL EXPENSE
- There is a coperto (cover charge) usually around 2 Euros or less.
- There is a charge for beverages (bevande) except where you may have ordered the full/complete (completo) menu selection:
- water: naturale (still) or frizzante/gassata (bubbles)
- vino - rosso o bianco (red or white wine)
- biera (beer)
- coke (no diet soda selection)
- caffè (espresso)
- There is a charge for dessert.
- Starting around 21,30 (9:30 PM), you may find one or more of the following taking place:
- ballo (dancing) – all types: ballroom, disco, tango, samba, rumba, line, etc.
- SEE ALSO:
- Info on 2012 Events and Festivals (feste or sagre) in Toscana/Tuscany *, dated Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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