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Near Perugia, a Snail’s Pace

Date: July 7, 2015 - categories: , , - 2 Comments

There really isn’t any reason to seek out Moiano, tiny village north of Perugia and south of Lake Trasimeno: unless you’re here in Umbria at the end of June – and you’re crazy about snails. We are in Umbria, of course, in late June and Pino IS appassioned of lumache so we detoured to the Sagra della Lumaca just north of Perugia on our way back from Lake Bolsena recently. There might not be much in the modern-looking village of Moiano, but people from all over filled the plank tables – set up in the town meeting area – feasting on snail, grilled meats and other Umbrian rural culinary specialties.

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Snails star on the menu of this sagra

Snails star on the menu of this sagra

Sharing the goodness at the Moiano snails feast

Sharing the goodness at the Moiano snails feast

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As at all the Umbrian sagre (ten-day food festivals), young people run trays of paper plates of foods to the tables, adults volunteer to cook up the goodness in the food tent – and the elderly volunteer to handle clean-up.

Volunteers of all ages unite to cook and serve up the goodness at Umbrian sagras

Volunteers of all ages unite to cook and serve up the goodness at Umbrian sagras

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And every sagra seems to have booths of trinkets or local foods encircling the tables: at this sagra the ubiquitous bijoux booths, but also a beekeeper offering tastes of his honey and a woman ready to measure your feet for a handmade pair of boots, “made in Italy,”

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I browsed the booths while Pino put in our food order and then joined him at the table for our feast: I opted for the homemade tagliatelle with a tasty rich meat sauce of snails while Pino chose the lumache alla moianese, plucking the snails out of the shells with a toothpick, then discarding the shells. After all, at this sagra, snails star – and the pleasure is joining with your friends and feasting at a “snails’s pace.”

Pino uses a toothpick to pluck out the juicy snails

Pino uses a toothpick to pluck out the juicy snails

Friends feast on snails…at a “snail’s pace"

Friends feast on snails…at a “snail’s pace

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Tagliatelle alle lumache: my choice

Tagliatelle alle lumache: my choice

Pino's choice: lumache alla moianese

Pino’s choice: lumache alla moianese

Read about another sagra where snails star
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Read about a late-April sagra  near Perugia
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Read about another festival where la porchetta is a headliner
Click here to read about a January legume festival
Read about an April wild asparagus sagra
Read about a festival where wines star
Click here to read about a June cheeses festival
Click here to read about a pici pasta sagra
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Click here to read about an a local bean sagra in October
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2 Comments

  • Col Begg Australia says:

    Pino looks as if he’s in Heaven!!! Great report Annie – you must visit Cherasco, near Cuneo, during the annual Lumache Symposium. Local Cherasco snails, Asti truffles and a good Barolo … you will never get Pino home again. That is where my Sonya learnt so much about snail farming, growing out and processing, pioneering the industry in Australia. Best wishes from Down Under.

  • Janine Belveal says:

    This would be my kind of sagra. I like snails and can’t imagine how good they taste prepared in various sauces. Pino’s picture (of him eating a snail) actually made my mouth water!

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