Artichokes or "Carciofi" are a very popular and extremely loved vegetable in Italy , they are cooked in many exquisite ways and I find they are full of flavour..definitely one of my favourite vegetables. The first weekend of December, from Friday 3rd December to Sunday 5th December is the turn of the the artichoke festival, or better “la Sagra del carciofo e la Fiera agroalimentare del Medio Campidano
”. The festival is organized by the Pro Loco (a sort of tourist information office) of Samassi, a small town 40 km from Cagliari.
These last years the “sagra” has become a joint event alongside the food and agricultural fair of the Medio Campidano, an area in Sardinia’s south west which you can see highlighted in the picture below.
Artichokes are the number one leaders of the Samassi agriculture, here two kinds are grown, the “Spinoso Sardo” which has small thorns and the “Masedu”, without thorns. At the fair/festival in Samassi there will be conferences delineating crucial themes of the island’s agriculture, as well as an assortment of stands where one can taste the products of the “Campidanese” tradition and savour some lovely artichoke recipes. On the Sunday a well known race takes place, the "Marcialonga del carciofo", it is at a national scale and anyone can take part as it is both competitive and non competitive. (more…)