Got a Taste for Italy? Check Out These September Food Festivals


Male chef preparing dough for pizza in kitchenWherever you purchase a property in Italy, you’ll have access to delicious, locally produced food and wine. If you have a taste for Italy, check out these food festivals that take place over the month of September.

If you’re still undecided on where to buy your Italian retreat, visit these mouth-watering food festivals to satisfy your taste buds and get some ideas on where to purchase a holiday home or expat residence.

Festival del Prosciutto di Parma

Parma, a province in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region, celebrates its famous hams every year. The festival in the city of Parma and other ham-producing towns in the province, including Langhirano, attracts more than 100,000 visitors.

One of the many attractions is the open doors tradition of the ham factories. Visitors can go inside the factories and see how today’s hams are made, using techniques from 2,000 years ago. The 164 companies of the Parma Ham Consortium produce over 10m Parma hams each year. Additionally, the city is equally famous for another delicious food – Parmesan cheese.

A bonus for residents is the local village of Calestano, which has an annual black truffle festival.

Cous Cous Fest

San Vito lo Capo in western Sicily holds an annual couscous festival that has developed into an enormous celebration of food and cultural integration. Chefs from across Sicily, Italy and other Mediterranean countries visit the seaside town to compete in a couscous competition.

The chefs create the best dishes from couscous – pasta’s smaller cousin that is also made from durum wheat. Evening tasting sessions are complemented by live music, singing and dancing.

Pane Nostrum Festival

Every September, the old town of Senigallia on Italy’s Adriatic Coast celebrates bread and the art of making it. Visitors can enjoy demonstrations of bread being made in the open air and taste different types.

Not only is this area famous for its delicious breads, it is close to sandy beaches and has views of both the sea and Mount Catria, which is snow-capped during winter.

Have you got a taste for Italy? Head to one or all of these food festivals and fall in love with the country’s delicious delicacies.

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