Montagnana Prosciutto Festival

by Iryna Venco on 25 May 2018

Montagnana in Festa, prosciutto festival 2018

Festa del Prosciutto is an annual food festival, which takes place each May in Montagnana, one of the most delightful small towns in the Veneto region. This year, its seventh edition is celebrated from 16 to 27 May. Always packed with people, 2017’s prosciutto festival broke the record, attracting more than 130,000 visitors to the streets of this lovely town.

The focal point of Montagnana’s festival is the Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo DOP, also known as prosciutto crudo “dolce” (sweet raw ham). Originating from the Po Valley and the piedmonts of the Berici and Euganean Hills of the Veneto region, this delicious Venetian prosciutto was granted in 1996 the EU’s Protected Designation of Origin quality logo.

The 12-day event offers plenty of opportunities to its visitors, from exploring some of the region’s best local producers to family-friendly activities, such as guided tours of prosciuttifici (ham producers) and the historic sights of Montagnana.

Visit the Isola del Gusto

Covering about 2,200 m2, the Isola del Gusto, a huge pavilion filled with stalls, offers a great variety of regional produce, including ham, cheese, beer, wine and traditional sweets. The restaurant, Hostaria San Benedetto, together with professional regional chefs, provide food lovers with a chance to enjoy their typical specialities: the delicious Strangolapreti alle Ortiche and the famous Canederli, which come directly from Trentino; the unrivalled culinary delight from Mantova, Tortelli di Zucca, which combines the sweetness of pumpkin and almond liqueurs with savoury cheese and spicy fruit pickles; Locanda La Seggiovia, a restaurant from Recoaro, brings its favourite speciality, the Gnocchi con la Fioretta, while the Restaurant Association of Valeggio is proud to present its legendary tortellino Nodo d’Amore.

To make this event more special, you can book a table in the Sala Gourmet, a separated zone with elegantly decorated tables close to the Isola del Gusto, and enjoy your food and wine tasting in the company of family or friends.

In addition to sampling delicious cuisine, you can buy the best food from local producers. Do not forget about melone montagnanese (a variety of melon grown in the Montagnana area). This sweet and mouth-watering fruit will immediately slake your thirst, while perfectly complementing prosciutto.

Live music and shopping

During the weekends, the Isola della Musica, the stage in Piazza Emanuele II, offers an exciting and rich musical programme. Creating a friendly and entertaining atmosphere, live music will accompany your aperitifs and dinners throughout the festival.

Enjoy the festival by strolling around the cobbled streets of Montagnana and browsing its lovely local shops, which will pleasantly surprise you with their special promotions. On the occasion of La Notte Rosa (Rose Night), the shops keep their doors open until midnight.

The festival’s cultural events

To find out more about prosciutto and how it is made, book a guided tour and visit some of the best local ham producers. These include Attilio Fontana Prosciutti, Prosciuttificio Boselli, Salumificio Brianza, to mention but a few.

The Civic Museum and the Castle of San Zeno invite you to discover the ancient origins of Montagnana and its fascinating history. Climb the Great Tower of Ezzelino to enjoy a 360-degree view of the old town and its outskirts, or simply take a walk around the old town centre to marvel at the splendour of the town’s attractions.

Montagnana’s Prosciutto Festival is an event not to be missed, which always has something to suit everyone’s taste, from simple shoppers and weekend strollers, to dedicated foodies and discerning gourmets.

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