Sagra della ciliegia

We ♥ cherries! So much so that we did an overnight stay in Piemonte to attend a couple of cherry festivals this past weekend. On Saturday evening, Revigliasco d’Asti (pop. 800+) held its 13th edition, complete with pit spitting contest for some competitive fun. Oddly enough, this is the first food event we’ve been to that had no meat dishes at all, but as always with these kinds of local gatherings, there was a good showing of community support. This place is where we walked away with 4 kilos of dark sweet cherries for only 10€!

Piazzetta Garons
Covered seating at Piazzetta Garons. Admission is free of course!

Sagra della Ciliegia menu
This has to be the simplest menu we’ve ever seen at a sagra, but just as well because then it’s easier to choose what to eat.

Sagra della Ciliegia
Tris of cherry-inspired tomino cheese and crostini nibbles and bell pepper with green sauce for the antipasti, cherry risotto for each of us, and one mixed vegetable fry. The risotto was unusual, but in a good sort of way. We’re going to try making it at home.

Tortino di ciliegia
A cake-like cherry tart for dessert…

Ribòta
…and a bottle of wine to wash everything down. Only in Italy does food and wine sound so…right. Ribòta means “a good time” – too bad we didn’t stay for the pit spitting!

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12 thoughts on “Sagra della ciliegia

  1. annieparis

    Another fabulous festa. Reminds me of my recent trip to France , where I was staying with friends and was able to go Cherry picking in their garden. One for me , one for the pot , one for me , one for the pot.. I had fresh cherries everyday for 9 days. Bliss.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Cherry bliss, yes! I’ve added a fête des cerises to our bucket list of food events, just to see how our french neighbors celebrate!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      And there is just something so endearing about seeing a group of elderly folk working hard to feed the crowd. Without them, this aspect of italian culture would disappear.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Of all the cherry sagra alerts that have been flooding my inbox, I’ve never seen one in Sicily. Sicily has oranges, almonds, arancini and couscous!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      😆 yes…the pits! If it hadn’t been so warm (we didn’t want to have the cherries sitting in the car), we would’ve stuck around, but we wanted to get those cherries into the mini fridge in our hotel room right away.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I’ve seen recipes for wild rice salad with dried cherries, so I figure the rice & cherry concept isn’t all that new, however you wanna make it. We shall see….

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