Spring has arrived in Umbria, better calling it “pre-Summer”, thanks to the very pleasant temperatures and stable weather of the last weeks.
Starting from this month Umbria is opening its long season of Summer Festivals, a great time to enjoy our region, not only for tourists but also for local people, ready to start celebrating the bella stagione “al fresco” with food and wine.
The next three weekends of May are so rich in special events (and we are just mentioning the ones in our town Todi or very close by..) that it’s really not easy to make a choice…
1. Porchettiamo – May 15-16-17 2015 – San Terenziano
Porchettiamo is “the” festival to celebrate one of the most famous Umbrian street food: porchetta, the traditional roast pork. The villages of San Terenziano and Grutti are famous in the region for their pork production. This “typical and delicious food, rich in history, both noble and popular, has always been the street, square, fair and market-food”. All the porchetta producers at Porchettiamo have been carefully selected by the organizers according to quality, craftsmanship and authenticity.
|Todi: Medieval buildings and flowers|
2. Todi Fiorita – May 22-23-24 2015 – Todi
The beautiful centre of Todi is hosting Todi Fiorita, national exhibition of Flower Gardening in Piazza del Popolo, organized by the local Association Verde Todi. The historical places of our town are going to be the locations of blooming gardens, scents and aromas.
This year special guided tours to discover “the secrets gardens” run by our friends at Todiguide.com [follow and tag on Instagram and Twitter #secretgardens #Todinondatutti]
3. Orvieto in Fiore – May 20-24 2015 – Orvieto
Scents of flowers also in Orvieto. Conferences and food events, wine tasting and ancient arts and crafts, like the famous Merletto (embroidery) di Orvieto. Beautiful Infiorate (flower carpets) in honor of the traditional Festa della Palombella which takes place on Ascension Day on Sunday 24: a dove “navigating a route in the air lands in a special canopy at the entrance of the Cathedral”.
|My great time in Castel Ritaldi last year|
4. Eventi a Castello – May 22-23-24 2015 – Castel Ritaldi
We enjoyed a lot this event last year in the cozy village of Castel Ritaldi, located in the beautiful area of production of Sagrantino wine.
The rich programme whose title this year is “dalla terra alla tavola“, from the land to the table, includes food tasting, pic nic and guided walks foraging for greens.
5. Cantine Aperte – May 30-31 2015 – All over Umbria
This is the most important wine event of the year , involving wine as the main protagonist together with the people who produce it and the territory where it is made. Since 1993, during the the last Sunday of May, the members of the association “Movimento Turismo del Vino” have opened their doors to the public establishing in this way an immediate and direct contact with all wine tourists and lovers.
This year many wineries among our most favourite ones are also organizing the so-called “Cena con vignaiolo” on Saturday 30 [reservations required]. A dinner with the winemakers and owners to enjoy special food, taste amazing wines and, above all, to get in touch with the real people involved in the charming art of wine making.
[If you know or organize a food/wine/cultural festival in Umbria in May, contact us. We’ll be very happy to post it on our blog.]
Contacts and information:
1. Porchettiamo: porchettiamo.com
2. Todi Fiorita: www.todifiorita.it
3.Orvieto in Fiore: orvietodeiquartieri.it
4. Eventi a Castello:
Ms. Ilaria Bellini mob. +39 334 9796339 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Cantine Aperte: Movimento Turismo del vino – Umbria