On the 30th and 31st of July Marta celebrated the eleventh Festa del Villano, the workers of the land, with food, gastronomic stands and music.
This event is organised by the Associazione Culturale “Marta senza confini” ( Cultural Association of Marta) in collaboration with il Comitato Festeggiamenti Madonna SS.ma del Monte (Festival Committee For the Church of Madonnna del Monte). Thanks to the success of last year’s event there was an extra sponsor this year, Federazione Italiana Cuochi (Italian Federation of Chefs).
On these two evenings it was possible to enjoy supper, live music and good company in the open air and we took my cousin who was staying with us at the time, along to experience a typically local event.
Of course the food was the highlight of the evening and was delicious, Bruschette miste, Pasta del Villano, Braciola di Miale alla brace (Pork Chop cooked on an open fire), Fagioli con le cotiche (Beans with pork rinds), Patate fritte. Finally for a dessert some Cannaiola (a local sweet red dessert wine) and ciambelline ( a sort of biscuit).
While this may not be every ones idea of a fine dining supper it was certainly tasty.
The funds raised from this event are used to help maintain the church of Our Lady Madonna del Monte that overlooks the town and has been the destination of pilgrims for many years.
I will let my photos tell the rest of the story.
The open fire provides the hot embers that the pork steaks are cooked over.
These pork steaks were so tasty.
The service area.
The dining area.
The market stalls.
The market stalls from further along the promenade.
I also posted about this event last year Festa del Villano - Marta - 2010
There are more photos to be seen, including my market stall close up shots from the event in the album on Flickr .com. Festa del Villano - Marta - July 2011
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