Culinary vacations in Tuscany: country festivals in November
Tuscany is a land of typical tastes, and a vacation in the most beautiful locations it’s not complete without a culinary tour to discover local dishes and traditions. One typical product stands out among the others: chestnuts.
The various country festivals in Tuscany in November are the best way to dive into ancient tastes, to discover simple recipes that tickle the palate.
Here all the events and country festivals dedicated to chestnuts:
“Biennale gastronomica fiorentina”
From 3rd to 18th November – Florence
Sixteen days of unmissable events dedicated to food e wine, in the heart of Florence. Not only chestnuts but also wine, olive oil, beer, ice cream and sweets. “Biennale” offers a program full of meetings, shows, food tours, markets, food tastings, aperitifs and congresses, holding a highest regard to solidarity.
From 9th to 11th November – Figline Valdarno (FI)
Autumnia is an event that embraces farming, environment and nutrition. During this edition you’ll see shows, concerts and you’ll be able to take part to aperitifs and tastings of typical dishes.
From 9th to 11th November – Cetica (AR)
Travel back in time with this festival: wakes with stories and popular novellas, watch historical reconstructions of picking of chestnuts and tastings of dishes made with “pane d’albero”.
Chestnuts Festival of Fosciandora
Sunday 11th November – Fosciandora (LU)
The event starts in the morning with refreshment stands where you can taste chestnut’s recipes: “necci”, “castagnaccio”, fritters and other dishes with chestnut flour. There will be representations of past’s crafts with photos and old tools.
Chestnuts Festival of Ponte Serravalle
Sunday 18th November – Ponte Serravalle Pistoiese
Festival in remembrance of 35 mills on Nievole river. Serravalle Pistoiese offers tastings of the best chestnuts dishes: ballotti, frugiate, necci, castagnaccio and chestnut mush.
“Bruschetta” and Chestnuts
Sunday 25th November – Cortona (AR)
Unique country festival which combines the taste of Bruschetta (toasted slice of bread) with oil from Cortona, chestnuts and live music.
“Baldino” and sweet mush festival
Saturday 8th December – Faltona (AR)
“Baldino” or “Castagnaccio” is a typical sweet of Casentino made with chestnuts flour enriched with pine nuts, raisin and nuts. The festival offers tastings of this cake, of sweet mush, ricotta cheese and fritters. Moreover there’ll be honey, cheese, chestnut jam and apples.
If you want spend a tasty autumn following a path through unique tastes and scents, plan your culinary tour of Tuscany: choose Florence, city of art and traditions, as starting point and book a room in one of the city center’s hotels.