When cows are led to pasture
When the cows leave the stables and are led to pasture in the green mountain fields, it means that summer has come. For the first time this ancient tradition can be attended also in Val di Fassa: you will get to know the rituals of the farmers, say goodbye to the cows that are leaving the village of Soraga and celebrate their arrival at San Pellegrino Pass. The event will be surrounded by some special typical dishes of Val di Fassa’s farmhouses, by the farmer’s tales and by the Ladin folklore. Yyou will get the chance to discover the alpine pasture with a local guide and even to adopt a cow, which you can meet again in September during the "Desmonteada", when the animals return to the valley. In collaboration with Farmhouse Agritur Ciasa Dò Parè, "Strada dei Formaggi", Association "Malghe e pascoli" from Soraga and Tourist Board Val di Fassa.
Programme "La Monteada":
- 9.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Soraga, Agritur Ciasa Dò Parè. Getting ready for the departure. Together with the Brunel family you will discover the rituals that anticipate the departure of the cows, ‘till the positioning of the cowbell; along with this, you can have a homemade snack consisting of apple pie, barley coffee, cold cuts and local cheeses (5,00 Euros per person; free for children up to 6 years). Compulsory reservation within 6.00 p.m. of the previous day at the Tourist Office in Soraga. The party will continue at San Pellegrino Pass (reachable with one own’ means); reach the pasture’s fields at the mountain dairy Malga Col de Mez, a moment of pure celebration awaits you!
- After 12.00 p.m. San Pellegrino Pass, mountain dairy Malga Col de Mez. Music and farmer’s lunch with polenta, cheese and grilled sausage (against payment). At 2.30 p.m. guided walk (free of charge) through the fields with a local guide who will show you the biodiversity and the rich flora of this area, which make pasture’s milk and cheese so special. At 5.00 p.m. chance to witness the first milking at high altitude and to learn about the differences between the automatic and the manual proceeding. Now it’s time for a snack (free of charge) with a slice of bread, butter and jam!
From Soraga drive up to San Pellegrino Pass (about 14 km). Go over the pass and the parking lot of Col Margherita cable car. Take the paved road on the left hand side leading to the refuges Fuciade and Flora Alpina. Free parking.
Friends cow! After meeting them all, you will grow fond of them. So, why not adopt one? Your contribution (60,00 Euros) will help the dairy cattle maintenance and also some solidarity projects for children; moreover, it will be turned into dairy products of 50,00 Euros, which you can collect from Agritur Ciasa Dò Parè or at Malga Col de Mez during the summer or during the Desmonteada on September 15th. 10,00 Euros will be donated to the charity organization "Bambi".