Our Le Sagre in Liguria section is your insider guide into the typical local gastromonic festivals in the region...
Going to a sagra you can expect to taste some fantastic local food specialities and wine as well as join the town celebrations of a historical event. This usually is a re-enactment of a medieval pageant and often involves a competition event of some sorts in the festival's program, such as a horse race in costume called palio.
A sagra is often themed around and celebrates a specific local food typically harvested at the time of the festival or a specific dish - for example, we find a Sagra del Fungo Porcino (Porcini mushroom) at Sarzana, a Sagra del Polpo (octopus) at Lerici, a Sagra della Lumaca (snail) at La Serra, a Sagra della Polenta at Baccano/Arcola, a Sagra del Pesce at Camogli and so on.
These festivals are very well organised and have the atmosphere of a country fair. You can taste the local gastronomic specialities at much lower prices than at a restaurant with everyone sitting and eating together at communal long bench-like tables using plastic plates, cutleries and glasses while enjoying the buzz from nearby conversations and music. It all makes for a very lively and entertaining evening.
Le Sagre normally have a limited menu featuring but not limited to the speciality food of the festival. You will often have the choice of a couple of pasta dishes (primi piatti) as well as main courses of fish or meat ( secondi piatti) accompanied by side dishes ( contorni) of grilled vegetables, fried potato ships etc to choose from. All very delicious !
The way you order your food is not like in your typical restaurant. The sagra’s menu is displayed at the ordering/cash desk at the entrance of the festival. You are supposed to make your choice from the menu, place your order on a pre-printed selection form and pay for it at the desk.
This process sounds easy enough but is not always that efficient and usually results in the forming of a loooong queue. Therefore, if you are very hungry, it is best to be there at the opening hour of the sagra as the queue can grow quite quickly.
You are expected to have made your choice from the menu when you get to the front of the queue so feel free to wonder up to the desk and check the menu in advance.
Once you have made your order, you can enter the sagra and look for a place to sit. Usually, once seated, you will be approached by the person that serves your table (these are local volunteers) who will ask for your order form and bring each course in turn. At other festivals, you might need to join another queue for your tray and cutlery etc as well as food and drink options and then look for a place to sit.
There is no better place than going to a sagra if you want to get to know the typical local food specialities as well as to get a taste of the Liguria region country life...
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