Eating Festivals / Events (Sagre)

Majority of local festivals or events are related to celebrations of local produce in the form of food and drink such as chocolate, cheese, salumi, wine, olives, truffles– a crucial part of the life of Italians! There are countless small local festivals. The best advice we can give you is to look out for the banners and posters advertising them as you drive through the different areas. Pretty well every town and village throughout the Marche has some food or wine event during the summer months. Here are just a few of them:

  • Pianello (near Cagli) – Sagra della Lumaca (snails) – mid June
  • Apiro (near Cingoli) – Sagra del formaggio pecorino (pecorino cheese)
  • Sefro (near Camerino) – Festa della Pizza – early July
  • Matelica – Sagra della Rana (frogs)
  • Ostra Vetere (near Corinaldo) – Festa della trota (trout) – early July
  • Montemarciano (near Senigallia) – Sagra del pesce (fish)
  • Corinaldo – polenta festival on third Sunday in July to commemorate the time when the town’s people successfully resisted a siege thanks to copious supplies of the stuff.
  • Sefro (near Camerino) – Festa del Tortellino alla boscaiola (pasta) – late July
  • Castelplanio (near Jesi) – Sagra della crescia sul panaro (stuffed flat bread) – last Sunday of July
  • Ostra Vetere (near Corinaldo) – Sapori ed Aromi di Casa Nostra – late July – local food, music and a procession of old farm machines
  • Monte Vidon Combatte (near Fermo) – Sagra delle quaglie (quails) – 1st Sunday
  • Sassoferrato – Sagra del Cinghiale (wild boar)
  • Cingoli – Sagra di prosciutto e melone
  • San Severino Marche – Sagra della ceca (chick peas)
  • Staffolo (near Cingoli) – Festa del Verdicchio (verdicchio wine festival)
  • Fermo – Sagra delle vongole (shell fish)
  • Serra San Quirico (near Fabriano) – Sagra del coniglio in porchetta (roast rabbit with fennel)
  • Monteprandone (near San Benedetto del Tronto) – Sagra delle olive fritte (fried stuffed olives)
  • Pedaso – Sagra Nazionale delle cozze (mussels)
  • Massignano (near Ascoli Piceno) – Sagra delle frittelle (omelettes)
  • Vererotta (near Ascoli Piceno) – Sagra della vitella allo spiedo (spit-roast veal)
  • Loro Piceno – Sagra del Vin Cotto (a sweet “cooked” wine)
  • Apiro (near Cingoli) – Sagra della polenta
  • Montecassiano – Sagra del pesce (fish)
  • Cupramontana – grape festival in the heart of Verdicchio wine country in September
  • Piandimileto (near Urbino) – Mushroom fair
  • Lapedona (near Fermo) – Sagra del Vino Cotto (the Marche version of Vin Santo)
  • Fermo – Sagra della Polenta
  • Arcevia – Sagra dell’uva (grape festival)
  • Acqualagna (near Cagli) – Fiera nazionale del tartufo (truffle fair) – last weekend in October and first two weekends in November in the town that calls itself the “truffle capital”
  • Acquasanta Terme (near Ascoli Piceno) – Festa d’autunno (autumn produce)
  • Montemonaco (near Ascoli Piceno) – Sagra della Castagna (chestnut)
  • Castelsantengelo sul Nera (near Visso) – Sagra del Marrone Castellano (chestnut)
  • Sant’Agata Feltria – White Truffle fair
  • Sant’Angelo in Vado (near Urbino) – Mostra del tartufo bianco (white truffle)
  • Talamello (near San Leo) – Formaggio di Fossa cheese fair
  • Acqualagna (near Cagli) – truffle fair – last weekend in October and first three weekends in November in the village that calls itself the “truffle capital”
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