10 must-visit July food festivals

25 Lug 2018, 08:00 | a cura di Michela Becchi

July temperatures don't ever put off organizers or food enthusiasts: there are several food-centred events this month, scattered throughout the Italian peninsula


Bererosa – Rome

As every year, Palazzo Brancaccio inaugurates Roman summer food event calendar with one of the most anticipated festivals for wine lovers. Bererosa returns for the eighth consecutive year, a Cucina&Vini event that aims to shed light on the world of Italian rosé wines. Stills or bubbly, as long as pink, the event promotes an ever-expanding world market, in which Italy is finally taking better position, for a short time bahind other countries. The event never ceases to amaze, with new labels and wineries increasingly interested in joining the great celebration of the rosé of the Eternal City. As always, there's great food to boot: Il Maritozzo Rosso, raw seafood by Meglio Fresco Pescheria, cured meats and cheeses by Sandro Tomei Selezioni Gastronomiche, and pasta frittatas and fried ravioli hailing from the Zagarolo Meraviglie in Pasta laboratoryBererosa –

Roma – 3 July 2018 - www.cucinaevini.it/bererosa-2018/


Cammino delle Terre Mutate – travelling show

A journey from Fabriano to L'Aquila, along the Apennines touching areas destroyed by the 2016 earthquake, from Marche to Abruzzo, passing through Umbria. An itinerary designed to reconstruct the historical memory of these places focussing on ancient craft traditions and shedding light on the best aspects of the many small villages. Farms, curing facilities, dairy farms, vegetable gardens: walking along the mountain paths, participants can discover the best local food production, a resource that has made the history of many villages of Central Italy, and which resists despite the many difficulties.

Cammino delle Terre Mutate – travelling show – until 8 July 2018 – camminoterremutate.org/terre-mutate/


Collisioni Festival – Barolo

Named “agri-rock” festival, this event gathers musicians and writers and beyond: also many wine and good food enthusiasts will invade Barolo for the Collisioni festival this year. In the heart of the Langhe it's impossible to put aside local food heritage. Many names of Italian and international rock music will attend, meetings and panels with writers and journalists, but also plenty of space for food and wine, for an event that increasingly enriches its program every year, staged from 29 June to 28 July. Focus this year will be on Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, for the denomination's 50th anniversary, and then an overview of the entire wine heritage of the Marche region, this year's protagonists. Plus street food, lots of good music with special guests from all over the world, tastings and shows.

Collisioni Festival – Barolo – Until 28 July 2018 - www.collisioni.it/it/homepage


Degusticous – Termoli

First edition of the festival entirely focused on Italian couscous: from 19 to 22 July in Termoli is Degusticous, an event promoted by Martino brand, with over 100 years of history as first couscous producer in Italy. The aim of the festival is shedding light on this healthy, genuine and versatile food, perfectly in line with the Italian food culture and the Mediterranean diet. Four days of food, music, wine, shows, sports and entertainment, with workshops and activities involving schools and local chefs.

Degusticous – Termoli – 19 to 22 July 2018 - www.degusticous.it/


Feste della mietitura – itinerant events

Among the many events this summer, standing out are those dedicated to the wheat harvest ritual, and many of which are scheduled throughout Italy, such as historical re-enactments, photographic exhibitions, shows and costume parties. From the event in Calabria to the rediscovery of local native grains at the festival held in Gioiosa Marea, Messina, with folk songs and typical bread tastings. Thjen there are the parades of wheat floats in Campania, the exhibition of vintage tractors in Latina and many other not to be missed events to relive the ancient practice of threshing. To find out more, click here for the complete review (in Italian).

Feste della mietitura – itinerant events – July 2018 – festival trebbiatura dell'estate


Festa in Piazza – Salina

Two day-celebrations in the square with music, food and a good glasses of wine: on 30 June and 1 July in Salina is the celebration for the first anniversary of Franco Manca, chain of Italian pizzerias in London that has chosen the Sicilian island as the only Italian branch. The event seals Giuseppe Mascoli's extraordinary success achieved in just one year. The histrionic host will be ready to welcome guests with pizza, sandwiches, local products and wine, in addition to the participation of local and foreign chefs, producers and artisans (such as Ciro Oliva and Davide Longoni, just to name a few). This is the ideal opportunity to discover the many excellent products of Salina, from capers to Malvasia, relying on the experience of Giuseppe, who in the last year has also dedicated himself to experimentation with natural wine produced in amphorae, as well as organic farming.


I DrinkPink – Rome

The excellence of Italian vine-growing declined in pink, many gourmet tastings all in a pleasant summer evening. At the Città del Gusto Roma, I Drink Pink, is an event dedicated to rosé wines from the entire Italian territory, fresh and light, perfect for the summer season and the first hot days. An evening full of flavour that will feature many labels from North to South selected by Gambero Rosso experts. The event will be held at Terrazza Civita in Piazza Venezia on July 13th. The event is open to everyone, from sommeliers to enthusiasts, from producers to tasters and, of course, to all the most curious consumers who, in these evenings, wish to taste pleasant and highly drinkable wines..

I Drink Pink – Rome – 13 July 2018 - store.gamberorosso.it/it/eventi/345-658-i-drink-pink-2018-degustazione.html#/25-sede-roma/283-data-13_07_2018


Mangialonga Picena - Offida

An itinerant dinner among the vineyards of Offida Docg to discover the beauty of the Piceno. Cellars, chefs and producers united in the project of Mangialonga Picena on July 22nd (in case of bad weather, the event will be postponed to the following Sunday, July 29th). The 6.5Km walk showcases the area's potential through food, wine and other products of excellence of the Marche, ranging from appetizers to desserts. First stop for an aperitif is at Enoteca Spazio Vino in Offida, antipasto is enjoyed at Tenuta Cocci Grifoni di Ripatransone, moving on at Morrisons's Pub in Cupra Marittima and then Al Piccolo Teatro with chef Luca De Cesaris. Plus, many other food stops for a total of 6.5Km of good food and original wine pairings.

Mangialonga Picena – Offida – 22 July 2018 - www.mangialongapicena.it/


Notte dei Maestri del Lievito Madre - Parma

A night dedicated to baking and leavening, with the greatest Italian pastry chefs, all brought together in Parma, the creative city of UNESCO gastronomy, for a free and direct discussion on techniques, cooking and recipes of Italian oven products. A festival that hosts the best of our local confectionery in an area that, not surprisingly, is known as the Italian Food Valley. Under the Portici del Grano in Piazza Garibaldi the art of leavening will be shared in detail, not only through the words of the protagonists called by maestro Claudio Gatti of Tabiano artisanal bakery, but also thanks to guided tastings. Further development and talks will address the importance of the selection of quality ingredients, the use of live yeast that makes the product always different, the deseasonalization of panettone and other bakery goods

Notte dei Maestri del Lievito Madre – Parma – 23 luglio 2018 - www.nottemaestrilievitomadre.it/


Stragusto – Trapani

From 25 to 29 July in Trapani it's time for Stragusto, the festival featuring the ambiance of ancient local markets, including flavours, colours and aromas typical of the Sicilian city. An event that celebrates Mediterranean street food in Mercato del Pesce, with all the best food specialties of the area and beyond. Panelle, arancine, sfincioni, rascadura, focaccia, pani ca 'meusa and many other delicacies can be tasted during the event at the market to (re)discover the flavours of the past.

Stragusto – Trapani – 25 to 29 July 2018 - www.stragusto.it/it/


by Michela Becchi
translated by Eleonora Baldwin

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