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Castagnaccio – the classic dish with chestnut flour

Castagnaccio – the classic dish with chestnut flour

The humble sweet chestnut has been an important ingredient in the Mediterranean diet – Homer mentions them, and Pliny even says which kinds were grown in Southern Italy.

With time their cultivation spread throughout the peninsula, because they were one of the few food crops that could be grown on steep mountain slopes, and also one of the few crops that could be expected to provide sustenance through the long winter months. By the middle ages castagne were the staple food of the […]

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9th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

9th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

1st - Emiliana Santi, 2nd - Federica Brizi, 3rd - Tiziana Faccio, 4th - Barbara Santoni, 5th - Roberta Guidi

The ninth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here   2012  2013, 2014  2015  2016  2017 ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Last […]

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8th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

8th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

1st - Manuela Baldisseri, 2nd -Tiziana Faccio, 3rd - Monica Marchi, 4th - Cinzia Giusti, 5th - Barbara Santoni

The eighth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here   2012  2013, 2014  2015  2016 ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Last […]

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7th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

7th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

1st - Roberta Guidi, 2nd - Tiziana Faccio, 3rd - Maresa Andreotti, 3rd - Manuela Baldisseri

The seventh annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here   2012  2013, 2014  2015 ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Last year  there […]

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6th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

6th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

The sixth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here   2012 and 2013, 2014 and 2015  ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Last year  there were […]

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Castagnaccio – the classic local dish with chestnut flour

Castagnaccio – the classic local dish with chestnut flour

The sweet chestnut flour is notorious for being difficult to keep for long periods – a certain moth being the most prevalent culprit – turning a bag of precious flour in a horrible biological experiment in a matter of days and so its time to use up last seasons flour before the arrival of the new.

We have just gone through the time of year when you could see small columns of white smoke coming out of various place in the chestnuts wood surrounding Barga. Once upon a time you would have seen many of the mysterious looking signs of life in otherwise deserted forests – the smoke in fact not […]

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5th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

5th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

This year for the first time it was held at L'osteria in Piazza Angelio

The fifth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here   2012 and 2013 is here ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut […]

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4th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

4th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

This year the 4th Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy was won once again for the second year running by the women from the Altana - with Manuela and Tiziana coming in second and third.

The fourth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here  and 2012 is here ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut […]

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3rd annual castagnaccio contest

3rd annual castagnaccio contest

The third annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011 is here ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. […]

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2nd annual castagnaccio contest

2nd annual castagnaccio contest

The second annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this afternoon (the first contest last year can be seen here)  A year ago there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Twelve months […]

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Castagnaccio contest at Aristo’s

Castagnaccio contest at Aristo’s

Some serious contestants in the first Castagnaccio contest held at Aristo’s in Barga Vecchia. People have been bringing Castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour, into the bar for some time. We have published a few articles about this phenomenon but for the first time this weekend they have […]

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Accordion, red wine, castagnaccio and mondine

Just last week we published an article bemoaning the fact that November is gradually becoming one  of the worst months of the year for services in Barga Vecchia (article here) In the article we talked in negative terms about how in the height of the summer season, it is not really a problem finding a […]

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