In Italy, chestnuts are one of those ingredients (together with olive oil, porcini mushrooms, novello wine and many others) that mark the arrival of autumn. Often roasted in the streets by vendors and sold in little paper bags, they’re excellent to munch on while window shopping. But they are cooked and prepared in infinite ways and with infinite assortments.
As part of” Autumn in Barbagia
” the village of Aritzo
, in the heart of Sardinia’s “Barbagia” (inland), from the 29th to the 31st of October will host the “Sagra delle Castagne”, literally a chestnut feast where visitors can savour these roasted delicacies alongside a glass of new (novello) red wine. There will be plenty of other engaging activities to do. Exhibitions, music, artisanry and gastronomy.
Below follows a program.
Saturday 30th October 2010:
10.00 – Opening of the artisanry and gastronomical stand
10.15 – Opening of painting exhibition with paintings by a painter from Aritzo “A. Mura”;
10.30 – Painting competition “Paint Aritzo” the colours of autumn in Barbagia;
15.00 – Guided excursion to the secular chestnut trees of “Geratzia”;
16.30 – Free distribution of “caldarroste” roasted chestnuts and tasting of red novello wine.
22.00 – Musical performance.
Sunday 31st October 2010:
9.00 – Opening of the artisanry and gastronomical stand
Ore 10.00 – Procession along Corso Umberto of the musical banda “Santa Cecilia di Sant’Antioco”;
Ore 10.30 – Free distribution of “caldarroste” roasted chestnuts and tasting of red novello wine.
Ore 12.00 – Procession of the famous traditional masks: “Mumutzones” di Aritzo, “Mamutzones Antigos” di Samugheo and “Is Sonaggiaos” of Ortueri;
Ore 15.00 – Procession and performances of Sardinia’s best folk groups;
Ore 18.00 – Musical performance;
Ore 21.00 – Closing of the event with mayor’s goodbye salute.
Further information and contacts:
A.S.P.E.N. – via Papandrea 8, Nuoro