Keschtniggl (chestnut festival) in Velturno

Roasting chestnuts at Velturno

Snap, crackle, pop! Every chestnut festival we’ve visited has always been an afternoon of fun, but this one in Velturno was a riot! Beginning mid-October, Keschtniggl (keschtn is local dialect for chestnuts) goes on for about a month with a full program of events and activities for all tastes. Inauguration day was held on the grounds at Velturno Castle at noon, but when we arrived a quarter past 12, it was apparent that things had kicked in much earlier.

Veltuno Castle

There were stands selling apples, pumpkins, wine, handicrafts and chestnuts. Food booths stood in one corner of the garden, where for a small price you could feast on krapfen and other tasty nibbles. A whole lot of german spoken here which caught me off guard, but by the time I started to wonder that maybe we had fallen down the rabbit hole in Wunderland, a piercing sound filled the air and grounded my senses.

Pumpkins for sale



Schuhplattler! Literally translated, the word means shoe beater since the dance involves beating/slapping the flat (in german, platt) sole of a schuh. Tracing its origins to Bavaria and Austria, this “men only” dance was initially a form of courtship to wow the opposite sex. You know how it goes with the male species, they always want to be bigger, badder, and the best, and what girl in her right mind would resist a guy that moves as if he has never had two left feet in his life? Watch the clip. These guys are badass. I am absolutely convinced that this dance should be turned into an exercise video.

9 thoughts on “Keschtniggl (chestnut festival) in Velturno

  1. Piper Mahoney

    Hi, this post is great. Those men dancing was so funny to watch. When it was playing, Klaus, our mini dachshund started barking. I guess he felt a connection to the music, ha ha. Oh, my mom and dad are going to try the stuffed olive recipe you posted. I think they both stopped breathing when the began reading the post they were so excited.


    1. Rowena Post author

      I can only imagine how Klaus might have felt his “roots” while the music played. We always joke around with Mr B and speak in a german accent when we’re traveling near the German or Austrian border.

      I hope your mom and dad manage that olive recipe without too much fuss. They’re tricky to stuff but worth the effort!


    1. Rowena Post author

      If I remember correctly, the program included guided walks to chestnut farms, cooking classes, thematic dinners and so on. A very involving affair!



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