Roasted, fried, au gratin, in tomato sauce, in wine , with fregola pasta..these are some of the snail delicacies that will be served at the snail festival of Gesico, a small country village in the outskirts of Cagliari in southern Sardinia.
The dense snail population of the Gesico countryside has brought about the creation of snail farms that have turned the village into a “Snail capital”. Gesico was in fact nominated the “City of snails” in a national snail farming event in 1997 and is now part of the 12 Italian cities where snails are the local and characteristic product.
Here, every third week of October, the renowned “Sagra della Lumaca” or snail food festival takes place. Introduced in 1993, this year is the 18th edition and it occurs alongside the religious celebration in memory of an African Bishop “Sant’Amatore Vescovo” martyred in Gesico at the beginning of the VI century .
Snail lovers can eat their heart out and choose their favourite recipe….but non snail eaters needn’t worry as there is a lot more going on, like for example, the Agricultural exhibition of the Trexente area where a variety of local products are put on display, as well as an exhibition of sacred art, book presentations , music, shows…lots of unmissable fun and folklore!
Events will take place in the “Centro Servizi S’Ulivariu”, in the Piazzale S. Amatore, the “Casa Schirru” and Piazza Umberto on the 09th-10th-15th-16th and 17th of October. The Snail Festival is on Saturday 16th of October.
SATURDAY 09TH OCTOBER 2010
18.00 In the Centro servizi S’Ulivariu Meeting hall:
presentation of the exhibition that will take place in the ” Casa Schirru” from 15th to 17th October 2010- entitled ” An island, one thousand songs”.
18.30 in collaboration with the Joice Lussu library, the following books will be presented: L’ISTRUZIONE POPOLARE IN PROVINCIA DI CAGLIARI (1850-1900). TESTI E DOCUMENTI di Pierpaolo Pisano – L’ALBERO DEL RICCIO (Sa matta de S’arritzoni) by Antonio Gramsci, translated by Amos Cardia and Pietro Perra – with Antonello Garau.
20.00 16^ gastronomical event ” La lumaca d’oro”- invitation only-
The evening will be introduced by Alessia Simoncelli, guest of honour Benito Urgu.
SUNDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2010
16.00/18.00 At the Centro servizi S’Ulivariu outdoor square:
The 16th “snail race” for children and teenagers (0-16 year olds)- the race is on a 2 metre straight track that snails will have to complete in shortest possible time” –Qualifications-
19.00 Ethnic music concert
FRIDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2010
16.00/18,00 In Piazza Umberto I° :
16th “Snail race..the final… and prize for the winner!”- Children’s event.
18.00 At the Elementary school:
inauguration of the 17th Agricultural Exhibition of the Trexente area- a series of stands will exhibit typical Trexente and Sardinian products.
SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2010
09.00 /13.00 At the Centro servizi S’Ulivari:
8th conference ” valorisation of Sardinia’s hinterland with food tourism initiatives”; “The territory’s environmental resources Il SIC San Mauro”.
16.00 At the Centro servizi S’Ulivariu-
16.30 At the Palestra comunale:
18th Edition “SAGRA DELLA LUMACA”;
17.00 In the Casa Schirru :
Debate on ” Record publishing in Sardinia from 1920 to 1970″. With the journalists Giacomo Serreli ( Videolina Tv and radio ), Giovanni Sanna (Raitre Tv ), Pierpaolo Pirodda (music expert), Vincenzo Pisanu (record collector);
21.00 In the Square in front of the Sant’Amatore church.
Concert of the Sardinian group Janas with Benito Urgu.
SUNDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2010
All exhibitions and initiatives remain open.