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Hamish Moore: School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance

Hamish Moore: School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance

a procession out of Barga for an evening based around music, wine and polenta at the La Cantina del Vino

Two pipers leading the way as all 60 musicians attending the Hamish Moore School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance were led out of Barga Vecchia, down through Barga Giardino and out into the valley to the Cantina del Vino. There they were met by the staff of the Cantina del Vino and various members of the […]

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Bagpipes lead procession to Polenta

Bagpipes lead procession to Polenta

The week long School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance School organised by Hamish Moore is almost at an end but today the whole school moved out of Barga Vecchia and spread their wings as they moved in procession down the hill with a piper at the head as they moved onto the La Cantina […]

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Barga: XIII Raduno Nazionale Polentari d’Italia

Barga: XIII Raduno Nazionale Polentari d’Italia

"Grazie all'iniziativa degli amici di Filecchio - commenta l'assessore all'agricoltura Marco Remaschi - per un week end Barga e la Valle del Serchio diverranno capitale italiana della buona cucina.

Back in 2014 (article here) the  Polentari from Filecchio gave the city a small taste of a forthcoming event – the raduno nazionale dei Polentari d’Italia – the National meeting of Polentari which was held this weekend in Barga. La tradizione della polenta nel territorio di barghe è legata, in particolare, a una cultivar locale, il […]

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The Aristodemos play Camporgiano

The Aristodemos play Camporgiano

mondine, vin brulè , necci, polenta e ossi festival in Garfagnana

The Piazza San Giacomo in Camporgiano, Garfagnana was the location today as the mild December weather continued allowing the Aristodemos to perform out in the piazza at a festival dedicated to some serious eating and drinking Garfagnana style. Salty pigs bones and sweet chestnut polenta, roast chestnuts and mulled wine     Some of the […]

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Polenta in the piazza

Polenta in the piazza

The Polentari from Filecchio were in Barga Vecchia this week end offering to the public freshly prepared polenta

Polenta is cornmeal boiled into a kind of porridge and eaten directly or baked, fried or grilled. The term is of Italian origin, derived from the Latin for hulled and crushed grain (especially barley-meal). As it is known today, polenta derives from earlier forms of grain mush (known as puls or pulmentum in Latin or […]

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Polenta, baccalà, grappa and music

Polenta, baccalà, grappa and music

as the nights draw in, the bells ringers of Barga enjoy themselves

The bell ringers of Barga, the Campanari, know one of two things about tradition …. after all they are ringing bells each week that are hundreds of years olds in a building which was first put up over 1000 years ago and it’s not just the musical tradition which interests and occupies them but also […]

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Tiglio: polenta dolce, comfort food

Tiglio: polenta dolce, comfort food

Earthquakes, evacuations, fires, unemployment, these are trying modern times. Over millennia European traditions have been established to help hold together the social fabric in times of trouble, harsh weather, famine. Seasonally, whether pagan, secular or religious, often in the form of winter festivals, they served the purpose of solidarity, developing or reinforcing a sense of […]

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Filecchio al Raduno Nazionale dei Polentari d’Italia

Filecchio al Raduno Nazionale dei Polentari d’Italia

Un appuntamento importante vedrà nel prossimo fine settimana la partecipazione dei “polentari” di Filecchio.  Dal 1° al 3 giugno si tiene infatti a Badia Polesine (Rovigo) l’undicesima edizione del Raduno Nazionale dei Polentari d’Italia, associazione cui i volontari della Sagra Polenta e Uccelli di Filecchio si sono affiliati lo scorso anno. Così i nostri conterranei […]

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It’s December – time for Polenta di Neccio and Ossi di Maiale

It’s December – time for Polenta di Neccio and Ossi di Maiale

The weather forecast from David Sesto, our resident weather expert says the following: “Let’s enjoy today because the sun will not last long. Already by early morning tomorrow we will be witnessing,  abundant rainfall in the Mediavalle and Garfagnana. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we can expect typically late autumn days with cloudy skies and precipitation […]

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Continua la sagra della Polenta e Uccelli

Continua la sagra della Polenta e Uccelli

La Sagra della Polenta e Uccelli continua come un treno verso il successo: passato il primo fine settimana, ci si avvia verso la seconda e ultima “tre giorni” di polenta, carni in umido e alla griglia e divertimento che chiuderanno la 43° edizione della sagra di Filecchio. Ma da alcuni anni è ormai diventata tradizione […]

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Filecchio entra nell’Associazione “Polentari d’Italia”

Filecchio entra nell’Associazione “Polentari d’Italia”

La Sagra Polenta e Uccelli di Filecchio, la manifestazione più longeva del Barghigiano e tra le prime della Valle del Serchio, ha deciso di festeggiare il traguardo delle 43 edizioni con una proposta speciale. I tanti volontari della Sagra stanno infatti portando a termine un progetto in cantiere da qualche anno, vale a dire l’affiliazione […]

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Polenta di Neccio and Ossi di Maiale

The weather forecast says there is snow on the way.  It should have been here today.   Yes the temperature has dropped down to almost freezing,  but out there is no sign of any snow …  so far.  We sit and wait for the winter to arrive once again  This evening there are Comune workers  […]