San Gimignano Photostory
All Saints Day Market ‘Of Sacred Food’ in Pictures.
Words and Pictures by Amanda Atkins of Siena House Tuscany
A popular visit for guests coming to this area is the Sienese town of San Gimignano, it’s certainly one of our favourites. It was a while since we had been and so on a bright November first we headed out to visit San Gimignano… and found a very special Tuscan event in action: The Festa del Cibo Sacro festival of Sacred Food an event over 3 days showcasing traditional and organic food and crafts from Tuscany along with music and street theatre. Translating from the Italian information:
It is the food that expresses and promotes biodiversity, that sustains organic farmers and the health of the people who know about it. It is food that has its roots in tradition and that can allow us a sustainable future. It is the food that takes care of the ground and can make us healthy: Three days around food and traditional games for children with tasting of food wine and beer that is organic, street artists and musicians, a big market of organic farm produce and Tuscan eco artisans in the extraordinary squares of San Gimignano.
A highlight of our afternoon in San Gimignano was most definitely the music of the Old Florence Dixie Band hearing them play made the market atmosphere.
Very interesting (watching and taking part) was a smaller square set up with intriguing traditional hand made games provided by Il Tarlo translated to mean ‘The Woodworm’ cultural association
About Siena House
Siena House is a very different place to stay in Tuscany. A truly boutique hotel in a great touring location, perfectly positioned for Southern Tuscany’s most wanted wines, landscapes and hilltowns – or for doing nothing at all. Peaceful and private, this is a gated property with large saltwater pool, beautiful rooms and views run by a British couple.