Latte in Festa

The 3rd edition of “Latte in Festa” (Milk Festival) will open soon: here are 9 events to introduce you to the world of dairy products

In Trentino, the protagonist this summer is Milk. With the third edition of the festival “Latte in Festa” all are welcome to discover what’s really behind the production of milk and its dairy derivatives. A total of 9 events will accompany you along the entire milk production process, from farmhouses and mountain pastures to cheese dairies.

Take a stroll through fields of grazing cows, find out how they’re raised and maybe try milking them. Want to know how fresh mountain cheese is made? How it conserves the special taste and aromas of the mountain pastures? Find out more about these important historical and cultural traditions of Trentino, still appreciated and cherished today as in the past. Come and enjoy a series of events organised for the entire family: from educational workshops for children to tasting sessions and information tours for parents.

Gelato con piccoli frutti | © Gelato con piccoli frutti

Gelato in Festa, Porte di Rendena/Vigo, 15th – 17th June

Yummy ice-cream! This summer in the Val Rendena one of the most anticipated festivals is back: Gelato in Festa (Ice-cream Festival). Three days dedicated to the production of handcrafted ice-cream in a range of both traditional and original flavours, all ready to try! The event proposes a number of initiatives, from cooking shows to live music and entertainment for kids.

San Martino di Castrozza, Passo Rolle, Primiero and Vanoi, 23rd – 24th June

From the high mountain pastures to the valley floor, from the stars above to the stables below, following the Cheese Trail of the Dolomites. You start on Friday at Passo Rolle with “Albe in Malga” (Dawn at the Farmhouse), a family event where both young and old can try their hand at being dairy farmers for a day, spending the night at the Malga Juribello farmstead. The fun continues the next day in the splendid Val Venegia, at the feet of the Pale di San Martino Dolomites, with walks, sensory itineraries, gymkhanas, workshops and, of course, tasty cuisine. Finally, on Sunday, it’s possible to discover ancient recipes and dairy traditions, and maybe take advantage of a few moments of relaxation in the hamlet of Mezzano.

Altopiano di Vezzena, Valsugana - Alpe Cimbra, 7th – 8th July

A truly unique experience that offers both young and old the chance to get close to the world of dairy farming. You’ll find out about our mountains, life in the farmsteads and the production of milk and cheese through ancient methods. You’ll be able to trace the entire journey that milk undergoes, from the milking to the cheese-making, with a series of walks, meetings, tasting sessions and numerous other initiatives where the protagonist remains the “white gold” of these mountains.

Monte Bondone, 14th – 15th July

Just a short journey from Trento but with plenty of events and workshops for children and families. The central theme is mountain agriculture and more specifically local dairy products which are available both for tasting and purchasing. To make the most of the first light of dawn, with the “ALBE IN MALGA” initiative you can take part in a guided walk, assist with the milking of cows and top it all off with a hearty breakfast. And with FEN FEN (Hey hay!) you’ll rediscover the ancient art of hay-making or, if you prefer, you could go for a guided trek either on foot or with your mountain bike.

Val di Non, 21st – 22nd July

On the magical pastures of Pradièi. Along the hiking and bike trail of the upper valley between Romeno and Sarnonico, a festive route with themed stopovers and a host of opportunities to get to know the cows, their milk and their world. Two days (and nights) of entertainment and fun for everyone! Special guests are the eight cheese dairies of the valley with their quality products and local cheeses. For the occasion even the dairy farmers will come down to the valley, bringing with them the tasty products of the high mountains. Not to be missed are the numerous workshops, educational activities, themed restaurant areas and much, much more!

Festa ta Mont Val San Nicolò

Val di Fassa, 29th July – 5th August

An entire week dedicated to milk and cheese awaits you in the Val di Fassa: a first taste on Saturday July 28th with ALBE IN MALGA before gaining momentum on Sunday July 29th with an Open Day at the Mèlga de Fascia dairy. The programme offers tasty stops at farmsteads, guided tours, milking demonstrations, moments of relaxation and even dinner in a hayshed. From the 3rd to the 5th of August participate in the “Festa Ta Mont” festival in the beautiful Val San Nicolò, with folklore, music, games and food along with an itinerary completely dedicated to local milk and cheeses, such as the renowned Cher de Fascia.

August 26th Brentonico – Fera de San Bartolamè

In occasion of the Festival of St. Bartholomew, a day at the Park of Brentonico to witness how fine cheeses are produced. A unique chance to observe the processing of the milk that, along with tradition, fresh air and the experience of the cheesemaker, give life to these quality mountain dairy products. At lunch you can try the products of Monte Baldo. Entertainment for children with cows, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, ponies and horses.

Valle del Chiese, Lake Roncone, 22nd – 23rd September

In the spectacular surroundings of Lake Roncone, with the Brenta Dolomites in the background, a weekend showcase of farming traditions, livestock breeding and quality local products. Plenty of fun with the live cooking shows, cheese making workshops, a cattle fair and the chance for even younger visitors to try leading a cow into the ring. Plenty of attention will be given to the “birth” of the renowned Spressa delle Giudicarie cheese. The 2018 programme will be published online soon.

Val di Rabbi – Plan locality, 22nd – 23rd September

At the gates of the Stelvio National Park, two days of tasting, cooking, excursions, shows and workshops for children and families! Among the many activities proposed during this two-day event, visitors will be able to witness the “Desmalghiada”, or return of the cows to lower altitudes at the end of the summer. In the Rabbi Thermal Baths on the other hand, you will discover how milk is used in cosmetics and beauty treatments, maybe testing the benefits on your own skin.