Well it has to be said that the word on everybody’s lips this weekend in Barga is : cioccolata – chocolate. The fifth annual Barga Cioccolata event organised by Barga Events and the Comune of Barga is in full swing with chocolate makers from Lucca, Pistoia, Empoli, Firenze, Arezzo, Barletta and Torino displaying their wares in Piazza Angelio, in the Galleria Il Marzocco; Piazza del Comune, in the main entrance hall of the Palazzo Pancrazi; piazza Garibaldi, the Museum of memory and inside Palazzo Balduini.
Eleven different chocolate makers were in the city. Even though the event has grown it has still managed to keep its mainly artisan feel with specialist chocolate manufacturers taking pride of place. Large manufacturers were not present, hopefully this will remain so in the future as well.
On Saturday in the Palazzo Pancrazi there was a prize giving ceremony for all of the children who took part in designing this year’s poster. The winner were class IV B Barga. Shortly after everybody moved to the main gate in Barga Vecchia – Porta Reale for the traditional cutting of the tape to officially start Barga Cioccolata 2010 to the sound of the Banda “Gaetano Luporini” di Barga.
The cutting of the tape outside Porta Reale
Musicians ignoring the bitterly cold weather conditions and giving it their all outside Aristo’s