Food festivals and parties, organized to celebrate the best products, are spread everywhere and are a reason to visit Sicily, along beach and parties.
pistacchi di Bronte
1.Let’s start with pistachio, a gastronomic jewel of Bronte, in the province of Catania: in September, the pistachio is a protagonist during the festival. For the occasion, there are free guided tours through the historic center of Bronte and contemporary art exhibitions.
2. Also in September, in San Vito Lo Capo, near Trapani, there is the Cous Cous Fest: ten days of exciting culinary competitions, couscous tastings, cooking shows of star chefs, cooking classes for adults and children, and concerts nearby the beautiful beach.
3. A dream in late summer is the Festival of wheat and bread in September: two days of revival of the simple peasant world in Catenanuova, in the province of Enna. You can taste the typical products accompanied by songs, people dressed like in the 40s, dances, and folk music.
About bread, let’s taste the black bread of Castelvetrano, near Trapani, made by mixing two durum Sicilian blond wheat and a rare local variety of durum wheat, the tumminia, both whole and ground in natural stone mills.
4. Let’s go to San Cono, in the province of Catania, for the Festival of Prickly Pear: since 1984, every year in October, the world’s number one Sicilian fruit is celebrated.
Even in Roccapalumba, near Palermo, and in Santa Margherita Belice, Agrigento, in October we find taste workshops, guided tastings, and sweets with the prickly pear, and a whole menu based on this tasty fruit.
Sicily also produces a preparation with prickly pears, called mustard: let’s taste it in Gagliano Castelferrato, in the province of Enna, and in Militello Val di Catania, near Catania.
5. In October, in the small town of Zafferana on Etna, the Ottobrata Zafferanese takes place: a weekend dedicated to apples, mushrooms, honey, and chestnuts with the involvement of cooking schools that prepare meals for the visitors.
6. The star of the autumn in Capizzi, near Messina, is the truffle: the festival takes place in October.
7. In December we move to Modica, near Ragusa, to celebrate its gem: chocolate. You should take part to the Choco-Modica and celebrate chocolate among the baroque wonders in the town.
8. In April, you should not miss the Festival of the ricotta cannoli in Piana degli Albanesi, in the province of Palermo. Pastries throughout the town make cannoli and cassate daily, covered with icing, candied fruit, and chocolate chips. To contrast the overdose of sweetness, let’s walk in the streets of the village, where stands and displays expose typical handcrafted products from Sicily. The day ends with music, entertainment and performances by local folk groups.
9. Let’s discover the cassatella with ricotta di Agira, in the province of Enna: it is delicious with pistachio, almond, chocolate and with other tastes. The festival in its honor is in November.