In April, Vernaccia Stars in Cannara
The plethora of sagre and other food festivals burst out all over Umbria in April – and will continue to entice palates and unite families and friends all the way to late fall. One of the first of the year – and NOT to miss – is the late April Festa della Vernaccia in the village of Cannara (not far from Assisi, near Bevagna and Spello), celebrating the area’s indigenous grape.
All the village unites to celebrate their vernaccia in the April 5-day festival, rich with an array of cultural activities and highlighted with feasting on home-cooking starring la vernaccia in many a dish. And onions: the Cannara area is known, too, for its onion varieties.
As at all these food festivals, labor is volunteer: the cooking, the taking of orders, serving at table (the younger ones), cleaning up the tables (often the retirees).
Pino and I headed to Cannara one Sunday for lunch and while awaiting our orders, I roamed the kitchen where the many volunteers proudly posed for photos. And here they are:
The menu certainly tempted and we tried a variety of dishes highlighted by the Cannara vernaccia and the Cannara onions:
We thought we were too full for dessert – but I had to try that gelato alla vernaccia:
….while Pino sipped a small glass of la vernaccia:
As we were leaving, we passed tables of feasting families and friends in animated conversation:
They’ll be back next year for to celebrate the goodness..…and so will we!