If you are eating your way through Le Marche, Italy there is no better place to start than a porchetta truck! Follow any traveling market & you will find a truck that sells whole de-boned pig stuffed with herbs and wild fennel, slow roasted, thickly sliced & jammed into a panino for lunch. (Ask for it "con crosta" - the crackling bits, you'll thank me later.)
porchetta made in Le Marche
Here is the next installment of my personal favorite way to travel - "Eating Your Way Through Le Marche", a compilation of feasts, festivals, markets & more happening this July in Le Marche, Italy. I have added as asterisk * next to particularly interesting or tasty events! If you are interested in learning to cook on your holiday and returning home with a few recipes from the Region visit La Tavola Marche (www.latavolamarche.com) to book a cooking class this summer in Le Marche!
For more festivals check out: Marche in Feste or on Pinterest: Le Marche Events by the wonderful Giulia di Urbino.
Festa del porto (the week before the 1st weekend)
Harbor festival, traditions, games, sports, gastronomy, exhibitions, music & more - great excuse to spend the day at the beach
Mercatello Sul Metauro
Fiera di Santa Veronica (1st Sunday)
A traditional fair displaying and selling a variety of goods from 6:00am
*Castrum bibendum (1st weekend)
History in a dish, culture in a glass with live entertainment, food & drinks starting at 6:00pm
*Mons Cerignonis (1st weekend)
Historical re-enactments with procession and the Palio of Uguccione (horse race), with fire-eaters & trampolinists, duellers & falconers, comedians and fortune-tellers, theater, live entertainment, medieval markets plus arts & crafts starting at 5pm
Montemaggiore al Metauro
Festa al parco (1st weekend)
Gastronomy, music & live entertainment in the evening
Musica e sapori in giardino (Wednesdays)
Concerts and food tastings starting at 9:30pm
*Festa del patrono (10th)
Feast of the patron saint of Bingo! Seriously - I know it's not food related, but bingo's a blast & they are doing it outside it the main square!
*Festa della birra (2nd Friday)
*Fiera del diciassette (weekend near July 17th)
Historical re-enactment of the ancient livestock fair with gastronomy and market
Fiera grossa (21st)
Traditional fair selling & displaying a variety of goods and livestock fair all day.
*Festa della trebbiatura (3rd weekend)
Harvest festival, grain harvesting with historic equipment, gastronomic stands
Sagre della Boccabona (3rd weekend)
Festival of the Boccabona, folklore & gastronomy from 7:00pm
Sagra del cinghiale (3rd weekend)
Wild boar festival -sooo good!
read more: Eating Your Way Through Le Marche: Starting with Porchetta