Sagra della Cipolla Rossa

Sagra-della-cipolla-BremeWord has it that the onion frittata at the sagra of the red onion of Breme is so popular that you need to get there early or risk not tasting any at all. Held in the month of June, the sagra counted its 31st edition this year. This may sound like a well-rooted tradition for enthusiasts like ourselves, but even a sagra is subject to its own set of woes. Breme’s red onion holds De.Co status (muncipal designation of origin), and few producers translates to a limited yield (the onions are cultivated on only about 5 acres) each year. This makes the onions a bit more special, so much so that back in 2011, farmers had to keep watch over their fields at night to thwart onion thieves.

This year’s too cold, too wet, and way too long spring season put the brakes on a timely crop, and none were available for purchase when we were there. We went to the noon seating on Sunday and there was a sizeable group of people split between 2 lines. The lines for ordering moved quickly enough though, and there was plenty of seating under protective cover. You receive a receipt of your order (beverages are to be bought separately in another line) and when you take a seat, a server comes along to check the receipt and bring out your meal. The servers were the friendliest bunch of people and it was fun to watch the kitchen crew as everything was out in the open. More info on website: Sagra della Cipolla Rossa.

Line-at-the-sagra

The menu [image] was long and full of delicious-sounding plates but we focused on everything onion. Frittata, soup, 5 kinds of onion salad, and a bowl of tripe stew and rolls to mop the bowls clean. Weatherwise, we were lucky as it wasn’t too hot and no mosquitos during the day. Great family atmosphere and lots of little doggies in attendance.

Onion frittata Onion soup
Onion frittata and onion soup

Tripe stew Pane-e-vino-sagra-cipolla
Tripe and bean stew and a plate of rolls

Everything onion!
Raw, cooked, with anchovies, tuna, olives, nervetti or just by itself. All of it good.

Kitchen-crew-at-onion-sagra

Onion-gelato
Onion gelato at the local bar. It didn’t taste much like onion though.

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15 thoughts on “Sagra della Cipolla Rossa

  1. Pingback: Sagra della Anguilla | Rubber Slippers In Italy

    1. Rowena Post author

      Thank you for the nomination and I really appreciate the kind thought because now that makes 2 blogs that have thought of me in the same day!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I thought it could be even better with balsamic reduction swirled in. I tried a balsamic gelato once and was surprised at how delicious it was.

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  2. foodhoe

    I love all of these festivals! We live near (an hour’s drive) the big garlic festival in Gilroy, haven’t been in a while, you’re inspiring a visit.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Gilroy – dang it – you must go! I vaguely remember your last post on the garlic festival and how much fun it all looked and sounded like. Garlic gelato oh yes!

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  3. farfalle1

    Someone just asked me if sweet ‘Vidalia’ type onions were available in Italy – I said I thought not, but I’m thrilled to learn about these special red ones. Onion Gelato? Maybe it’s just was well it didn’t taste too oniony!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      These were certainly very, very mild so I guess you could call them sweet onions. A pity though that they aren’t so easily available (drat those onion thieves!).

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