Asparagus Festival in Cavallino-Treporti
Celebration of the Montine Asparagus, “sparesea” in Venetian dialect.
The Asparagus Festival is the traditional event dedicated to the Montine asparagus, called sparasea in dialect, one of the local specialities in the Venetian Lagoon. The Festival, in 2019 at its 49th edition, takes place in Cavallino-Treporti.
The typical area of production of the green and bitter Montine Asparagus is the subtle strip of land between the sea and the northern lagoon of Venice that goes from the mouth of the river Sile to Punta Sabbioni (a peninsula of Cavallino) and includes the Treporti islands, Lio Piccolo and Mesole.
The Montine green Asparagus has a secular tradition of cultivation and it is characteristic for its delicate bitter taste and for the intense green color. It’s almost a rarity because it is harvest on about 6-7 hectares, since the ’70s.
The Asparagus Feast has been celebrated for almost 50 years and it offers fun, local food, shows, exhibitions and good music. By the time it became an event that reunited young people, families who love traditions, passionate about dances of every age and especially greedy!
In the main square also returns, after many years of absence, the Palo della Cuccagna (Greasy Pole), a traditional game.
From Sunday afternoon to Monday evening, a rich program of events, entertainment, food stands to taste asparagus specialities all day long.
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(photos: Pro Loco Cavallino-Treporti’s Facebook page)