While it does makes me a little sad to note that this counts as the last of the summer sagre we’ve been to this year, this can only mean that soon there’ll be the ones for fall! But I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, because this goat sagra in Grondona (Piemonte) gets high marks for being very entertaining. I would LOVE to return to this one again. An enormous dancing area, a big inflatable playground for the kids, live music and great food – essentially, the components of a fun evening.
Tip: aside from getting here at least 45 minutes to an hour before the 7:30pm opening time, don’t forget to reserve a table (after paying at the cashier booth). Grab a menu list at the entrance, check the items you want and pay up, then take your food tickets and head to the chow hall at the big tent. There’s a LED display at the entrance, and if the tables are completely full, someone will give you a slip of paper with a number on it. When space is available, your # will show on the LED display. We waited less than 5 minutes before our number was up and once in, food servers took care of the rest and the main meal arrived pretty quickly.
Dinner is served. The capra was prepared into a flavorful goat sauce that was so delicious on top of soft polenta. The one aspect of this sagra that I really liked is that hot dishes were served in ceramic bowls and not the usual plastic that is often used at events like these. Each person also received metal flatware so you gotta feel some sympathy for the guys or gals assigned the task of dishwasher.
Wait, wait, ’cause I gotta take a picture of THESE! I may have to rethink my stand on fried foods because fersulla took me by total surprise. It’s a rather large, flat piece of fried dough, folded in half and filled with cheese (zola and stracchino) or meat (prosciutto and salame). That’s a 12-inch diameter plate in the photo. They were so popular at the sagra and people stood in lines while the aroma of frying bread filled the air.
For those who ordered them but sat in the chow hall, another LED display located inside the food tent lit up when an order was ready to be picked up. A passageway at the end of the tent made easy access to the fersulla stand. The number (on our food ticket) was something like 79 so there was a long wait while we fixated on that display. I passed the time looking at the menu and wishing we had ordered dessert.
I gotta hand it to the folks at Grondona….fersulla is WELL WORTH the wait!