GASTRONOMIC EVENTS IN ABRUZZO IN MAY

May is an exciting month for wine lovers! There are so many degustation events and thematic dinners are happening in the coming weeks that I found it difficult to pick just a few. Here are the best of the enogastronomic events in case you are wondering what to do in Abruzzo in May.

Cooking demonstration “Sweet Rituals”, May 17, Pescara

Want to learn how to make traditional Abruzzese biscuits? Scuola del Gusto Abruzzo is running a cooking demonstration next Tuesday, May 17, in the Museo Delle Genti D’Abruzzo in Pescara. Local experts will share secrets of making delicious celli pieni, mostaccioli and spumini. At the end you will all that taste freshly baked goodness. Price: €26 per person. Book your place here.

Spumini. Photo by Scuola del Gusto

Spumini. Photo by Scuola del Gusto

Thematic dinner A Tutto Corfinio!, May 25, Chieti

Have you ever tried liquor Corfinio invented in Abruzzo in 1858? This strong sweet drink is made with local herbs, seeds and roots to a secret recipe kept in the family for 150 years. During the dinner in the Trattoria Taverna Teate you can taste an aperitif, risotto, a meat dish, dessert and cocktails, all made with Corfinio. The dinner starts at 8pm. Price: €28 per person. Booking required. Call Taverna Teate 0871 349256.

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Open Wine Cellars, May 28-29, various locations

38 cellars across Abruzzo will open their doors for degustations and guided visits. It is a great occasion to check out some of the best wine producers in the region. Many wineries organise picnics and lunches for their guests. Here is a list of all participating wine cellars that will be open that weekend. I am planning to pop over to Marramiero and Chiusa Grande. See you there!

Vintage train. Photo by Le Rotaie

Vintage train. Photo by Le Rotaie

On the train with Slow Food, May 29, Sulmona – Roccaraso – Sulmona

Hop on a vintage train that will take you to Palena, Campo di Giove, Pettorano Sul Gizio and Roccaraso to taste cheeses, cured meats, pasta and other traditional products made in Abruzzo. The train departs at 9.30 and returns at 18.30. Tickets are selling fast! Book your ticket online here. You can book a picnic basket for lunch at 393 6132492 (before May 20).

 

 

 

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Gastronomic Events in Abruzzo in April

Time is flying! It is April already!! This month is full of exciting events for food lovers. Here is my monthly round-up of the best of them to help you to decide what to eat and what to do in Abruzzo in April.

Cooking demonstrations “Master of traditional Abruzzese cuising”, Pescara (PE)

Watch locals cook some of the oldest traditional Abruzzese dishes in the Museo della Genti d’Abruzzo in a series of demonstrations. Although the cooking shows will be in Italian, it is easy enough to follow the process. At the end, you will taste the dishes made. On April 12 you can learn how to make le scripelle Teramane, crepes Teramo-style that are used in two delicious local dishes: Scrippelle ‘mbusse (crepes in broth) and il Timballo Teramano (lasagna Teramo-style). On April 19 a cookbook writer Gino Promavers will show various recipes for making minestrone soups with local varieties of beans and wild greens.

Price: €26 per demonstration. To see more details and book tickets go here.what to eat in abruzzoFarmers’ Market, April 16, L’Aquila (AQ)

After long waiting and many promises, a covered market in L’Aquila is finally opening its doors. Make a day of it, browse farmers’ produce and then head to the centre for lunch or an ice cream to support local businesses. Stock up on lentils from Santo Stefano, ewe’s milk cheese from Castel Del Monte, beans from Paganica, ancient solina grain flour and other gastronomic treasures from the province of L’Aquila. On the opening day, there will be free degustations at the market!

Address: Via Eusanio Stella, 4, L’Aquila. http://www.mercatocontadinolaquila.it/

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Mexican food with craft beer, April 9, Loreto Aprutino (PE)

You don’t often see ethnic food in Abruzzo, so this is a rare occasion organised by the craft brewery Almond’22. However, the Mexican the chili con carne will be made with strictly local ingredients, including a native variety of beans, Tondino del Tavo. Not sure how Mexican it will be, but in any case it will be good, especially washed down with Almond’22 excellent beer.

Address: Contrada Remartello 47/H, Loreto Aprutino

For all wine enthusiasts out there, don’t forget I also run wineries tours all year round in the province of Pescara, during which you taste ten excellent red, white, bubbly and dessert wines, learn about wine making traditions in Abruzzo, visit a 200-year-old wine cellar and gorge on local cheeses and cured meats. For more details click here.

Photos by: Scuola del Gusto, Birreria Almond’22.

 

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Gastronomic events in Abruzzo in November

I have been busy visiting olive oil producers and tasting new season oil (a post about my favourite olive oil producers in Abruzzo is coming up in the next few days), so I am publishing my monthly round-up of gastronomic events with a slight delay. November is an exciting month for foodies as it is the time of olive harvest, new wine festivals and roasted chestnuts galore. Here is my pick of the best and most delicious events not to be missed in Abruzzo this month.

Pescara Vecchia Wine Festival, Pescara, November 11-15

On Piazza Garibaldi 16 regional wineries will offer free tastings of 70 wines. Make sure you try Pecorino from Cantina Ciavolich, Montepulciano D.O.P 110 from Cantina Nestore Bosco, Montepulciano DOC from Cantina Emidio Pepe that are among my favourite wines. There will also be stands selling such traditional foods and new season olive oil. Starts at 6pm.

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Frantoi Aperti, San Vincenzo Valle Roveto (AQ), November 15, November 21

The festival takes place over three Saturdays during which you can taste the excellent new season extra virgin olive oil of the Roveto Valley, local pasta dishes, desserts, visit olive oil mills in the area and admire old wine cellars that will open for the event. More details here (in Italian).

Castrum di Vino, Casalbordino (CH), November 14-15

A great opportunity to find typical food from the area around the town of Casalbordino all in one place: pasta n’droccioloni, pasta pannochie e ceci, taralluccio casalese as well as new season wine and olive oil. While gorging on these delicacies you can also enjoy re-enactments of medieval battles in the historic centre of the town.agroalimenta

Agroalimenta Fair, Lanciano (CH), November 27-29

I have been to this trade show several times and every time I taste and learn about some great food artisans based in Abruzzo. Degustations of wine, honey and cheese are organised during the fair, all in Italian but they are easy enough to follow. Free admission on Friday, on Saturday and Sunday €5. For more details go to the Agroalimenta website.

 

 

Gastronomic Events in Abruzzo in October

My dear readers, forgive me the delay posting a monthly round-up of gastronomic events in Abruzzo. I am away in Val D’Aosta, enjoying hikes in the Alps and tasty local food, so have to squeeze work in whenever I get a moment. This month there will be some truly delicious events in the region that you, foodies, will certainly enjoy.

Sapori d’Autunno, Canistro Superiore (Aq), October 18

The “Falvours of the Autumn” is a big event for this ancient village with less than 1000 inhabitants. The festival celebrates the chestnut season as it has played an important role in local economy for centuries. Apart from roasted chestnuts you can gorge on arrosticini, polenta, grilled sausages while listening to folk music. Make sure you fill up a bottle with the local spring water as it is known for its healing qualities.chestnutsLungo Le Antiche Rue, Civitella Roveto (Aq), October 16-18

Another sagra in honour of the local chestnut called Roscetta, or Marrone della Valle Roveto. The old streets (called “rue” on the local dialect) of Civitella will be decorated with chestnuts and lined up with gastronomic stands selling caldarroste e vin brulè (roasted chestnuts with hot young wine), frittelle (traditional fritters) and other seasonal delicacies.

Saffron weekend “Raccogli, Conosci e Degusta”, San Pio delle Camere (Aq), October 24-25

The weekend’s programme includes degustation dinners in local restaurants (scroll down the page to see the menus of the seven participating restaurants) that will serve local dishes with saffron on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, everyone is invited to saffron fields to see the harvest. During the day, there will be tastings, and a small market with local produce.saffron1Truffle Hunting, Roccamontepiano (Ch)

The season of burgundy and white truffles has arrived and I am very excited to offer truffle hunts that you can book via Abruzzo With Gusto. You will be hunting for the precious tubers with a young local family and their three dogs. I will be posting more details shortly, in the meantime, feel free to contact me to book your truffle adventure.

Photos: Anna Lebedeva, ©bykofoto/ Dollar Photo Club

Gastronomic Events in Abruzzo in September

September is a great month for foodies looking for things to do in Abruzzo: this month chickpeas are threshed, grapes are harvested and many great food and drink festivals are celebrated across the region. Here is my round-up of this month’s tasty events that are worth visiting.

vendemmia abruzzoHistoric re-enactment of grape harvest, Città sant’Angelo (PE), September 19

In the old town centre during the “Rievocazione storica della vendemmia” a procession of women in traditional dresses will carry grapes in baskets with the help of donkeys. Visitors will see how the grapes used to be pressed in large barrels.

R…estate al Ceppo, Rocca Santa Maria (TE), September 12-13

This small sagra is for those who, like me, love wild mushrooms. It will open on Saturday at 4pm. There will stands selling local gastronomic delights, a cooking show, and, in the evening, a free degustation of local dishes cooked with mushrooms. On Sunday, you can join a guided forest walk in the area in search of wild funghi and porcini. I will be there!

what to do in abruzzo“Gust Art” Food and Beer, Chieti, September 12-13

On the main street of Chieti you can enjoy typical artisan foods from many Italian regions, artisan beer, music. It might be quite crowded but you will certainly find some excellent cheese and cured meats there.

And, of course, do not forget that I run weekly walking food tours in Pescara and Sulmona, organise cooking classes with locals, visits to wineries and cheese degustations all month of September!

Photos: © Alfaguarilla/ Dollar Photo Club, ©puchan/ Dollar Photo Club

 

 

 

Tasty gastronomic events in Abruzzo in August

August is upon us, which means it will be easy to decide what to do in Abruzzo as there are many gastronomic events are taking place around the region. Here is my round-up of the tastiest and most interesting of them.

Oleante festival in Tocco da Casauria (PE), August 1-2

For two evenings in the old town centre you can taste the local olive oil made with the Toccolana olive variety and typical dishes made with it, cheeses, salami, listen to a jazz band and see traditional dances.

From 6.30pm to midnight

Sagra del Timballo, Floriano di Campli (TE), July 29-August 4

The festival has been organised for 37 years to celebrate the delicious traditional dish “timballo di scrippelle”, a type of lasagne made with “scrippelle” thin pancakes and layered with meat and vegetables. There will be many food stands selling local specialties and timballo, traditional music and cooking shows.

From 7pm to 11pm

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Festival del Peperone Dolce di Altino, Altino (CH), August 21-22

Restaurants and food stands in the village of Altino will be serving various dishes made with the local sweet red pepper. There is also an annual competition among where the local districts cook traditional food with the spice and a jury picks the best of them. Traditional costumes, music, dances and great food!

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Sagra della Mazzarella, Caprafico (TE), August 7-9

No, not a festival of mozzarella the cheese but a celebration of a very rare delicious dish made in the province of Teramo called “mazzarella”. It is made with lamb heart, liver and intestines wrapped in lattice leaves cooked in wine.

Photos by: Peperonedolcedialtino.it, Maurizio Anselmi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cala Lenta: Summer Fish and Seafood Bonanza

Every summer seafood lovers of Abruzzo rejoice at Cala Lenta, a wonderful event organised by Slow Food Lanciano. The fish and seafood bonanza takes place along the Costa dei Trabocchi, the stretch of the Adriatic famous for its traditional fishing machines called trabocchi. This year July 10-12 there will be many thematic dinners in restaurants, from Francavilla al Mare to San Salvo, and on five trabocchi, cooking demonstrations and a food market in San Vito Chietino where you can sample some of the best products from the province of Chieti.

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The participating restaurants will be serving set menus that cost from €28 to €55 euro and will include some delicious traditional and innovative dishes. In Al Vecchio Teatro in Ortona, for instance, you can gorge on red mullet marinated in grape must and trinciatelli pasta made with the ancient grain of solina. Ristorante Essenza, San Vito Chietino, will serve pasta chitarrina with crabs and grilled mullet with local peppers. Are you drooling yet? Check out the menus and the Cala Lenta full programme here.

For a more authentic experience you can book a dinner on a participating trabocco. You can see the locations of the five of them on the graphic below. The fishermen will take their guests for a guided tour of the fishing machine and explain how they use them. Places on the trabocchi are limited, so hurry up to book for this weekend.

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