Medieval pumpkin festival in Venzone – Festa della zucca

I have just come back from Italy again and as always I cannot wait to share my latest adventures! I cannot keep away from la bella Italia.

It is pumpkin season! One of the most beautiful and largest pumpkin festivals you will find in Italy takes place every year around the last week of October in the medieval town of Venzone in Friuli Venezia Giulia at the foothills of the Julian Alps in North Eastern Italy. This is known as “La festa della zucca”.

Festa della zucca a Venzone

Festa della zucca a Venzone

medieval-town-of-venzone-italy

This is a very popular event and every year it attacts thousands of people. The streets of this small town fill up with people and the atmosphere becomes magical, fairy tale-like. It is like going back in time.

The town is all decorated with pumpkins, flowers and there are stalls in the streets with everything made with pumpkin from bread, to cakes, to juices, liquors.. and traditional artisan produce all handmade to make you remember long lost times.

wood work

The old crafts are representated by people dressed in costumes from Medieval times.

Craft Man

The old iron beaters who have the ability to create beautiful objects solely by using their hands.

beating iron

The ladies can sew beautiful yarn

ladies sewing at Venzone Italy

ladies sewing at Venzone Italy

flowers to decorate

The parade is the core of the festival where you can admire beautiful medieval costumes. There are musicians, jugglers, fire eaters, warriors, noblemen and women, knights and warriors.

festival of the pumpkin at Venzone

lady in orange parading

I was fascinated by these costumes.

Medieval costume in blue

Medieval costumes

medieval-costume

The atmosphere became really alive when the drums started playing.

Pumpkin festival venzone

The fire eater entertained the crowds

fire eater at Venzone

There was also an exhibition of pumpkins, from the smallest to the largest.

pumpkins

This pumpkin’s weight is 394 Kg!

giant pumpkins on display

Some were carved or decorated to become a small work of art.

pumpkin-carved

We had lunch there and had some pumpkin gnocchi with smoked ricotta. My favourites!

pumpkin-gnocchi

Pumpkin bread with porchetta and cooked pumpkin.

pumpkin-bread-and porchetta

And…the best thing ever: puff pastry filled with pumpkin custard and chocolate chips! So crunchy and so dangerously moreish!

Pumpkin pastry with pumpkin creme patissiere

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8 Responses to Medieval pumpkin festival in Venzone – Festa della zucca

  1. La cucina di Molly

    Che bel post molto interessante, grazie per la condivisione, non conoscevo questa festa della zucca a Venzone, รจ molto suggestiva! Un bacione e buona festa di Ognissanti!

    • Alida

      Si e’ stata veramente bella, molto diversa dalle solite sagre e originale.

    • Alida

      Yes these people are true artists!

  2. Chiara

    che belle foto Alida, hai reso alla perfezione il clima di festa che si respira a Venzone !Un bacione

    • Alida

      Si e sono sicura che tu la conosci bene. Magari un giorno ci incontreremo in Friuli!

  3. elisabetta

    This is yet another outstanding post from you Alida. I loved it. What a fabulous way to celebrate the humble pumpkin. I would adore this kind of event as it has everything, history, crafts, costumes, flowers, music and food – heaven!

    • Alida

      Thanks my lovely. It was my first time at this event and I really thought it was worth visiting. I loved trying so many different foods made out of pumpkin and loved the costumes:-)

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