October 15, 2012, Food, Food & Groceries, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, News, Notes, Tourist Attractions & Destinations, Travel & Tourism, Udine

Food festivals around Udine

Gorging on food festivals around Udine

Italians are fond of food fairs and festivals. No local products are too plain or insignificant to deserve a celebration, and for tourists the fairs offer a real taste of the place. Here’s a guide to food festivals around Udine

Udine in the north-eastern corner of Italy is characterized by a strong central European influence, yet the love of good food is unmistakably Italian. And almost every month there is a gastronomic event or food festival somewhere in the region.

Here’s a list of what to go for:

In May it’s time to celebrate the asparagus with excursions into the woods and up in the mountains to look for wild asparagus, radicchio and spring mushrooms. Arta Terme and Tricesimo have quite extensive programmes with lots of food and entertainment. And the more adventurous can go to Trivignano for the ‘Sagra dai cais’ which is a nice euphemism for lumache snails

In early June there’s a ‘sagra del pane’ with bread nibbling all over Ampezzo. Later the same month San Daniele hosts a great international ‘Aria di Festa’ to promote cured ham . Friuli makes 2.7 million of the best cured hams in Italy and every year during the last weekend in June you can visit producers and factories, eat yourself silly in prosciutto and Montasio cheese, sip superb regional DOC wines and attend musical performances and exhibitions around the town centre.

Food festivals around Udine

A month later in July there’s another ‘festa del prosciutto’ in Sauris, while Pozzuolo del Friuli celebrates the ostrich as something that can be eaten and enjoyed with musical entertainment.

One of the local specialities is ‘frico’ – a frying pan filled with onions and potatoes and covered in crispy melted cheese. There are regular attempt at new world records for the largest frico in the world and both Dignano by the Tagliamento River and Resia in the mountains near the Slovenian border have a ’Sagre del frico’ in mid August.

In September there are happy mushroom hunters in Ravascletto and a month later they move on to Attimis

October in Povoletto means maise and the ‘Fieste de Blave’. Basiliano serves crabs at a ‘Sagre de las Masanètes’ where you can also taste polenta with eel, squids and salted cod. And of course there are pumpkin festivals like the one in Terzo di Aquileia

November sees a couple of goose fairs chased with new wine in eg. Mortegliano

And finally, Sapori di Carnia in the tiny Raveo village will stuff you with about 14 local specialities ranging from frico to chucrut. The names of the dishes and the ingredients reveal a certain autonomy. For instance, potatos which should be patate in Italian are known as cartufules in these parts, but the taste is the same. As is the timing set for the first Sunday in December every year.

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October 16, 2012 12:31 am

Natasha von Geldern

It all sounds divine! And I love the snow-capped peaks in the background :)

October 16 2012 08:14 am


Yes, I like snow as well. As long as it keeps its distance:)

October 16, 2012 10:24 am


Oh, YUM. I do love a good sagra. The pistacchio one at Bronte the other weekend was fabulous fun, and I’m planning a trip to Ottobrata at Zafferana Etnea in a couple of weekends’ time to eat chestnuts and drink wine. Can’t wait!

October 17 2012 07:50 am


So right, the sagra should be listed among the glories of Italy. Only problem is all the posters and obituaries you have to study to find out what to eat where and when.

October 17, 2012 9:39 pm

D.J. – The World of Deej

It probably wont surprise you, that I’m a big fan of food festivals:)

October 18 2012 08:05 am


Well, Who isn't?

October 17, 2012 9:43 pm

Raymond @ Man On The Lam

Please stop. You’re making me far too hungry. :)

October 18 2012 08:07 am


Sorry, but I'm sure you can find a bat or a nice crunchy beetle somewhere:)

October 21, 2012 3:07 am


Nom nom… to most of it!!

Chucrut… is that like sauerkraut?

October 21 2012 16:49 pm


It is actually. And over the last couple of years I've come to like it. If it is well made:)

November 1, 2012 6:57 pm

Adela @FourJanalds

These festivals sound so amazing! Making me very jealous and hungry!

November 02 2012 13:48 pm


That's a great incentive for going to a food festival. And in Italy there's almost always one somewhere nearby.

November 12, 2012 2:05 am

Stephanie – The Travel Chica

When I do my grand tour of Italy, I will have to plan it around all the food festivals :-)

November 20 2012 09:23 am


It's always advisable to follow your stomach:)

December 11, 2012 10:24 am

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