Festival of the rural culture, opportunity for reconstruction and bio excellence : the Gardens Festival is one of the highlights of the summer in Val di Vara.
Starting Saturday the Orti di Pignone , the summer appointment of Val di Vara now in its seventeenth edition much loved throughout the province. Around the village for two days, the villagers serve local specialties based on the land products, but also on farming, who founded the rural culture of the valley . This tradition has established the ‘ bio excellence of the whole area, and the conferral of the recognition of “district of the biological”, the first in Italy .
Not just potatoes
The Pignone Potato is a variety of the tuber very appreciated in the area of La Spezia, but also known in the rest of the Riviera. The consistency of the potato, which does not “crumble”, makes it particularly suitable for the preparation of bread and other doughs, such as that of the local potato cake, but it is also perfect for the dumplings. Cultivated in fields of Pignone and Casale , alluvial valleys, potatoes of Pignone are harvested in August , and then celebrated during the Feast of the Gardens.
But the potato is not the only result of the prolific gardens of Pignone, in the alleys of Pignone Saturday and Sunday there will be the beans , cabbageand zucchini to make the delicious Minestrone all “Aretta” < strong> (only available for the Saturday night, because it requires long cooking times) or the stuffed vegetables and pies. And although the gardens that surround the village and their fruits are the main celebrated, there will be some sausages and cheese , produced by the well known local delicatessens and dairies. The cellars of the village, then, will be open to all to taste the local wine, perhaps accompanied by improvised sound of the accordion and guitar. In the main square abound the cakes to complete a nice dinner or a Sunday strolling lunch through the streets of the beautiful medieval village.
A Festival to re-build
Pignone has been badly affected by the terrible flood in 2011 that has plagued the coast and the hinterland of La Spezia . Some of its houses and its ancient bridge , unmistakable and undeniable symbol of the village, were destroyed . Since then, the earnings of the Feast of the Gardens, organized by Pro Loco and the Municipality of Pignone, Association of Producers of the Valleys of Pignone and Casale, Volunteers and Associations of Pignone, were invested in the restoration of the village and in particular for the reconstruction of bridge.
The 2016 festival begins Saturday 27 August at 6pm, the sales and gastronomic stands open from 7pm.
Sunday, August 28, from the morning, you can buy from producers local products. The village will be closed to cars traffic in the old town, thereby causing diversions that will indicate be indicated, as well as the planned parking areas.
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