I’ve been dating a Sicilian man for two years now, and I have fallen in love not only with him, but the food and wine of his beloved Sicily. I am sure you will too after experiencing the variety of simple dishes, made from the freshest local ingredients that they celebrate through special festivals throughout the year. Another great aspect of Sicily is that almost every town has it’s own special dish and unique wine. So when you reserve your holidays in Sicily online make sure to book a villa in different towns around the island. Below are some of the best food and wine festivals, called sagre in Italian, in Sicily:
Sagra Arancia Rossa – Centuripe (in the middle of the island near Enna)
Sicily has arguably the best blood oranges in the world. At this festival, which usually happens in mid-March, you will get to taste amazing dishes and combinations of the blood orange, as well as the fresh fruit itself.
Sagra della ricotta e del formaggio – Vizzini (in the hills near Siracusa)
Hands down, my favorite Sicilian ingredient is ricotta cheese. This soft cheese made from goat’s milk is used all over the island in a myriad of dishes. From sweets like the classic Sicilian cannoli to delicious pasta sauces, the Sicilians know how to use their ricotta! You will also get a taste of other typical cheeses from around the island at this festival, which always takes place on April 25th.
Inycon a Menfi Wine Festival – Menfi
Menfi is one of Sicily’s most important wine-producing villages. At this festival you will get to taste local wines from Menfi as well as visit the typical cantinas in the town. This year it takes place from June 20th to 22nd, and you can make a great weekend out of it. My favorite is the Grillo, but make sure to taste them all. You’ll probably go home with a few bottles of your favorites! There are live concerts and other street performances all weekend long. It’s sure to be a blast!
Sagra delle Melanzana – Milazzo
Milazzo is a quaint little town on the northern side of the island. Every August they host the Eggplant festival where you can taste all sorts of variations of Sicily’s most treasured vegetables. Fried, baked, dried or fresh, the eggplant is a key element in Sicilian cuisine. There is always folk music and dancing all weekend long.
La Sagre del Mare – Mazara del Vallo (near Marsala)
Fish lovers rejoice, and head to this fishy festival in the adorable town of Mazara del Vallo. Home to the biggest fishing fleet in Sicily, Mazara del Vallo celebrates delicacies of the Mediterranean for a whole week in August (usually the third week). At this festival you will find prawns, squid, octopus and all kinds of fish fried in pans that are three meters wide. Another special delicacy is boiled octopus, fresh and delicious. The crisp and tasty local wine pours freely and you’re sure to have a good time at this festival.