4^ Sagra Della Castagna – Carpanzano (CS)

I sure wish I was in Carpanzano this weekend!

Why?

Well, aside from the leaves changing colours signifying autumn is in full swing, it is also time to harvest the castagne (or chestnuts). Carpanzano is surrounded by wooded forests making it an optimal place for growing castagne and harvesting them has become a deeply rooted and important tradition for the Carpanzanesi. The castagne are abundant in Carpanzano, so much so, that they celebrate with the “Sagra della Castagna“. A sagra is a festival that tends to focus around some form of food.

This year “La Sagra della Castagna di Carpanzano” takes place on October 25, 2008 and will feature music, dancing and of course plenty of homemade dolci (sweets) made with castagne.

The town has also converted one of its old bars into a gallery that brings together various antique items characterizing the way of life for the Carpanzanesi many years ago. Some of these items include equipment that was used to harvest castagne, as well as a loom that once belonged to my great grandmother. You can also take a walk around many photographs and paintings of Carpanzano spanning many years.

I was fortunate enough to receive a guided tour of this little gallery when I visited Carpanzano this summer and learned not only about the town’s history, but my family’s history as well.

So, since I can’t be there tomorrow, I will be thinking of Carpanzano and wishing I could get my hands on some freshly roasted chestnuts. I will just have to settle on waiting for the “not as good as Italy’s” chestnuts to make their way into my grocery store. I guess there is always next year… 😉

Pictures from last year’s sagra:
http://www.savutoweb.it/portal/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1934
http://www.savutoweb.it/portal/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1908

3 Comments

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  2. michelle of bleeding espresso

    October 25, 2008 at 8:20 am

    How fun! I love seeing items like that loom…and of course I also *love* chestnuts 🙂

    I love anything that has to do with history…especially family history. I was given this “tour” of the gallery in Italian so at first I thought I misinterpreted what I heard but I was right the loom did belong to my great grandmother (who I was also named after). I feel like there is so much I have yet to learn about my family in Italy..in time it will all unfold for me! 🙂

  3. Leanne in Italy

    October 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Don’t worry too much, you’ll make it to the Sagra one of these years! (maybe next year…)
    I’ve never been to a Sagra della Castagna but I’m stuck in Rome so will not be able to attend this year (maybe see you there next year!)

    I’ll definitely make it one of these years….next year maybe *fingers crossed* I am craving roasted castagne like you wouldn’t believe!! lol

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