During late May and June, enjoy the best in simple local cooking (at enticingly low prices!) and ballroom dancing with “the locals” at a sagra. Which one and where? That depends on your “culinary craving” of the moment: If pasta with sauce of fish or fish grilled on an open fire tempt, you can head to Maceratola near Foligno for the Magnata de Pesce sagra. La Sagra dell’Ortolano (“ortolano” = vegetable gardener) at Balazano, near Perugia, is a hit for those loving dishes starring vegetables (and you can’t imagine the creative ways they’re cooked!).
Carnivores will won’t want to miss la Sagra della Bistecca Fiorentina at Trestina (near Citta’ di Castello), Piacere Barbecue (“Barbeque Pleasure”) in Perugia, and the sagra starring roasted pork shin at Petrignano (small village near Assisi). Cherries take the stage in many a dish at la Festa della Ciliegia at Capodacqua near Assisi. (Try the risotto alle ciliegie!). At Sismano, near Avigliano Umbro (Orvieto area), the local sagra celebrates a pasta dish created by the Sismano women, le strappatelle. Sambucetole (near Terni) dedicates ten days in late June to the Sagra degli Gnocchi.
One of my favorite sagras? In early springtime, at Eggi, tiny medieval village near Spoleto where wild asparagus reigns.
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