Varola Feast in Melfi
21-22 October 2023. Celebration of the famous Marroncino del Volture chestnut
On October 21st and 22nd 2023 – in the second-last weekend of October – the center of Melfi turn into a big forest for the 62nd edition of the Varola Feast.
During the Varola Feast visitors can taste many different products made with chestnuts In the wooden booths similar to mountain lodges: castagnaccio (a chestnut flour cake), chestnut ice cream, chestnut beer, pasta made with chestnut flour, chestnut sauce for meat and even pizza with chestnuts!
The wine is traditionally the Aglianico del Vulture, the DOCG red wine produced in the Vulture area of Basilicata.
The Varola chestnut is known as Marroncino del Vulture and awarded the PGI certification (protected geographical indication) for its undisputed quality. It grows in the Melfi area, which is mostly covered with chestnut trees that are said to have been imported by Emperor Frederick II from Turkey.
In addition, folk and music bands in the streets of Melfi to entertain the tourists.
What is Varola?
Varola is the big cast iron skillet where chestnuts are roasted.
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