and wine events
At all times of the year, and most especially at weekends, Mugello
offers a wide choice of food- and wine-related festivals and events
celebrating the typical recipes and genuine produce of the local
and Tuscan culinary tradition.
Potato Tortelli Festivals
Borgo San Lorenzo, from April to mid September
The villages of Luco di Mugello, Ronta, Panicaglia, Grezzano and
Sagginale take turns in the Spring and Summer months playing host
to gastronomic events celebrating the best loved dish in Mugello
cuisine, the delicious potato tortello ('tortello di patate'), which
is usually followed by barbecued dishes such as the Florentine T-bone
steak ('bistecca alla fiorentina').
Bread and something
Marradi, 3rd week in May
This festival celebrates the typical Mugello bread in all its shapes
and uses with food stalls offering the traditional Tuscan bread
and anything to go with it: olive oil, tomato, basil, pepper, cured
meats, salami, salt, lard, wine and sugar, butter, chocolate, jam,
preserves, honey and what not!.
Grezzano (Borgo S. Lorenzo), May 1st
For about a decade, Slow Food has been organizing this gluttons'
walk along a given route dotted with refreshment stalls offering
delicious local produce. Proceeds go to charity projects in Third
of the Prugnolo mushroom
Firenzuola, last weekend in May and first in June
'Prugnolo' is a delicious white, soft mushroom with a mealy taste
and smell. It grows in the Spring months on roadsides or pastureland,
preferably near thorn bushes, and its English name (St George's
mushroom) indicates that its growing season starts around April
23rd, St George's Day. The event is a feast of typical mushroom-based
dishes, with the added bonus of stalls selling fresh local produce
and folk shows.
Palazzuolo sul Senio, August 15th
The traditional mid August country fair held at Palazzuolo attracts
thousands of visitors each year and is made even more palatable
by the 'Sagra del Cinghiale' serving typical game dishes.
Palazzuolo sul Senio, one weekend in late September
Culinary and environmental festival in 'Italy's dream village'.
Also winery tours on each Saturday in September.
Marradi, Sundays in October
'Marrone, che passione!' ('Chestnut, such passion!') claims the
event catch phrase. Visitors may purchase the unsurpassable Marradi
chestnuts and taste the typical dishes of the local cuisine with
many chestnut-based recipes. Special steam trains carry visitors
to Marradi from Florence, Faenza and Bologna.
October at Palazzuolo
Palazzuolo Sul Senio, Sundays in October
Festival of chestnuts and other seasonal produce such as mushrooms
and truffles. Attractions include music entertainment and hiking
visits under the escort of qualified environmental guides.
From the Woods and from the Stone
Firenzuola, 2nd and 3rd weekends in October
Fair of Mugello PGI chestnuts and Firenzuola grey sandstone.
Scarperia, 1st and 2nd weekends in November
At the same time as the truffle and local produce market, Scarperia
hosts a culinary festival with truffle-based recipes and traditional