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”.
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.
The old crafts are representated by people dressed in costumes from Medieval times.
The old iron beaters who have the ability to create beautiful objects solely by using their hands.
The ladies can sew beautiful yarn
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.
I was fascinated by these costumes.
The atmosphere became really alive when the drums started playing.
The fire eater entertained the crowds
There was also an exhibition of pumpkins, from the smallest to the largest.
This pumpkin’s weight is 394 Kg!
Some were carved or decorated to become a small work of art.
We had lunch there and had some pumpkin gnocchi with smoked ricotta. My favourites!
Pumpkin bread with porchetta and cooked pumpkin.
And…the best thing ever: puff pastry filled with pumpkin custard and chocolate chips! So crunchy and so dangerously moreish!