Grape Festival and Donkey Palio – Borgomanero
31 August – 8 September. Donkey Palio, tapulon tasting and allegorical wagons on the grape harvest
In September, the city of Borgomanero, in the province of Novara pays homage to tradition hosting the 71st edition of the Grape Festival, from Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 8, 2019.
The festival, founded in 1936, is one of the most long-running and characteristic events dedicated to the grape harvest and every year attracts many and many visitors.
Apart from the traditional harvest, the fair hosts food and wine shows, music and spectacular events that cannot be missed.
Among these, the Tapulonata where more than a thousand people can taste the tapulon, a donkey stew perfumed with local red wine, a typical dish of Borgomanero and the Donkey Palio or the donkey race between the districts representatives of the city.
The Parade of the Allegorical Wagons is the most important event linked to grapes and the grape harvest. It is a masked procession where the city districts challenge one another to set up the most characteristic grape wagon.
Other peculiarities of the festival are the masks representing Borgomanero: the Sciòra Togna, a plump middle-class matron and the Carulèna, a chatty and tiny woman who is her faithful servant.
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