Autumn festivals and fairs

Top gastronomic events to discover Trentino

AUTUMN 2019 - Each season has its own splendour: autumn offers a vibrant carnival of colours, ever-changing natural sceneries, the smell of chestnuts and the rich flavours of wine and apples. This seasonal beauty takes centre stage at the many festivals and fairs that, from September to November, bring Trentino to life.

Grape harvesting is in full swing with big anticipation for the new vintage. Apple growers respond with equal excitement, ready to pick the fruit that made Trentino famous all over the world. Meanwhile, valleys and villages prepare for an exciting season of festivals ahead. Authentic flavours, rural traditions and artisan knowledge are at the heart of these celebrations that renew the bond between the land and nature.

If you are looking for an autumn break in the mountains that combines relaxation and authentic gastronomic pleasures, here’s our guide to the top events you simply can’t miss.

Grape and Wine Festivals – September and October

September is synonymous of grape harvesting and there’s no better excuse to celebrate with a glass of wine at the many fairs and tastings held around the region, like the one dedicated to the local red Marzemino, or the jovial festival of “Vino and Dintorni” in Avio, “Festa dell’Uva” in Verla di Giovo, and the theme festival “Alla scoperta del Teroldego” in the Piana Rotaliana.

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Le Desmontegade, September and October

In September across the whole of Trentino, herds and flocks return from the alpine graze. It’s a joyful tradition that celebrates animals and alpine life with music, colours and the authentic charisma of the locals. Farm animals, decorated with flowers and wild herbs, stroll through towns while farmers conduct a wonderfully animated show. 

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Polenta Festival, Storo, October 5th and 6th

In October, Storo hosts a unique competition that sees local polentieri (polenta makers) from Valle del Chiese “battling” each other to the last whisk. Star of the show is, of course, la polenta prepared with traditional methods: carbonera - hearty and rich in flavour, di patate - simple and delicate, macafana - a flavoursome staple, cucia - a farm style polenta enriched with alpine butter and cheese.

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“Pomaria” Apple Festival in Val di Non , October 12th and 13th 

A festival in honour of Pomona, the ancient goddess protector of orchards and apples, symbol of the Val di Non. With tasting tours, workshops and cooking classes, food & wine stalls featuring the Strada della Mela growers, plus orchards walks and excursions, you can experience in full the apple picking season.

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A taste of Garda, November 1st - 3rd 

The Gourmet Experience of the year is back with new initiatives: Garda Con Gusto offers 3 days full of tasting experiences, where starry Show Cooking, tastings, aperitifs with Chefs and unique dining experiences with the produce of the territory in the Salotti del Gusto will alternate. Get ready to dine on exquisite dishes and immerse yourself in the culinary culture of Lake Garda!

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Sagra della Ciuiga, San Lorenzo in Banale, November 1st - 3rd 

Among the most beautiful villages in Italy, San Lorenzo in Banale deserves an autumn visit to discover the "ciuiga", a gastronomic specialty of the Banale plateau. Invented in the second half of the nineteenth century by a butcher of the village, this salami made with pork and white turnips is surprising for its delicate flavor. Discover this festival that animates the whole village with events and shows.

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Published on 21/08/2019