Hi Buzztrippers! Here you find a quick post dedicated to those who have just come back to work after their summer vacations… I know it’s hard guys! Back in my office I am still dreaming of beaches, sunsets and excursions around Europe, but I do not intend to grieve over the past! Therefore, I have carried out a quick research about some sagre in Friuli-Venezia Giulia coming up in the next few weeks. Ready to read and to share my tips with your friends? A lot of fun is yet to come, and I am already planning how to enjoy the best sagre in Friuli-Venezia Giulia of this period!
Sagre in Friuli-Venezia Giulia: from Faith to Taste
Friuli-Venezia Giulia offers plenty of sagre around the year, reaching its acme in summer. A sagra is a local festival that draws its origins from religious celebrations (blessings, patron saint’s celebrations): the very name “sagra” means “sacred”. They primarily represented moments of communion between men and faith, but were also combined with important phases of the seasonal cycle. As a matter of fact, relevant periods such as harvest, grape harvest, equinoxes and solstices were celebrated by religious festivals, to gain favour with the divinity.
In Friuli, this curious mix between religion and worldly activities is particularly emphasized, due to pre-Christian rites that have survived, absorbed by Catholic culture. One famous example? The “pignarul”, or “pan e vin”, a propitiatory fire that celebrates the Epiphany but reminds us of Celtic fires dedicated to Beleno, the god of light. During Christian and pre-Christian festivals local products were offered to divinities, then consumed by the whole community: this symbolic and ancient rite can easily be retraced in many festivals, where local, excellent food is the undisputed protagonist. Throughout the years, the origins of several sagre have been lost and forgotten, only preserving the “food&wine” aspect and erasing the religious traits; meanwhile, huge festival have been organized and introduced from scratch, becoming more and more popular in the region.
Sagre in Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Tips for the end of summer
Here you find my personal list of not-to-miss Sagre in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, starting from the end of August up to the end of September! Stay tuned, in the next weeks I will write some more specific posts, giving you my personal, sagra-lover tips!
Festa in Piassa (Pordenone-PN)
Living in Pordenone I have to mention the Festa in Piassa, one of the most important festivals of my province. This is a relatively new festival, created in 1975 as a means to create a cohesive community in Pordenone public housing area. After 40 years, the Festa in Piassa offers soccer matches, ballroom dancing evenings, dj-sets, concerts…. and a rich menu!!
Dates: from August 18th to August 29th 2016.
Valvasone Medievale (Valvasone-PN)
One of the most evocative festivals of the whole region: the village of Valvasone (read my post about it here) experiences a journey back in time, honouring its medieval origins. A charming and unique atmosphere: thousands of torches will illuminate the old town, completely transformed into a medieval setting. Fairytale creatures, traditional arts, craftsmen, knights and fortune-tellers: come visit Valvasone, and do not forget to participate to its fantastic Medieval dinner!
Sagra dei Sest (Polcenigo-PN)
The“Sagra dei Sest” has been taking place for more than 300 years now. Born as a simple marketplace for wicker baskets and wooden kitchen tools sold immediately before the grape harvest period, it is one of the most famous and rich celebrations of western Friuli. In recent years, wicker objects have become more and more uncommon: therefore, this festival has acquired a capital role in preserving the ancient art of binding and promoting local handmade objects.
Friuli Doc (Udine-UD)
Friuli Doc does not need any long presentation, does it? It is, pure and simple, the most important Food&Wine Festival in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Food kiosks with excellent products from the whole region (mountains, countryside and sea specialties), concerts, lectures, events… a great celebration of Friulian culinary tradition!
Gusti di Frontiera (Gorizia-Go)
Last but not least, here you find my favourite festival: Gusti di Frontiera! A sagra celebrating food from…. all over the world! Every neighborhood of Gorizia will be dedicated to a specific area (Italy, the Balkans, Germany, France, South-America, Asia…), offering different, mouthwatering dishes! Some examples? Tartiflette from France, Cevapcici from the Balkans, Porchetta from Tuscany, Empanadas from Argentina, Bratwurst from Germany… and much more! The best way ever to travel around the world!
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