Where to sagra this month

Snails, steak and strawberries

Editorial Staff
May 26, 2016 - 10:06

It’s that time of the year when our minds turn to alfresco dining. The Tuscan sagra is the quintessential fuori porta dining experience: great home cooking served in sturdy tents at reasonable prices. Here’s our guide to the very best of Tuscany’s food festivals.

 

Head to Lari, near Pisa, for the town's famous cherry festival, May 28–June 5, 2016 Head to Lari, near Pisa, for the town's famous cherry festival, May 28–June 5, 2016

 

Sagra della Lumaca / Snail Festival

Fossa del Lupo, Camucia, near Cortona

May 28–June 5

Start the season the right way with snails, music and fun at the foot of Cortona.

 

Sagra della Pastasciutta / Pasta Festival

Fratta, near Cortona

June 10–19

Gnocchi, pici and tagliatelle in all sauces, all made by local ladies.

 

Sagra delle Sagre / The Best of the Casentino

Bibbiena, Casentino 

June 25–26

Potato tortelli, ribollita, mushrooms and truffles are washed down with great wine at this Casentino gem.  

 

Sagra della Fragola / Strawberry Festival

Marsiliana, Maremma

May 26–29

The whole of the local area turns out for the Maremma’s biggest sagra.

 

Sagra delle Ciliegie / Cherry Festival

Lari, near Pisa

May 28–June 5

Now in its 60th year, this festival celebrates the local Lari cherry in its 19 varieties.

 

Sagra della Bistecca / Steak Festival

Casalguidi, Serravalle Pistoiese

June 1–12

Sink your teeth into a juicy T-bone at this festival with live music.

 

Thanks to The Tuscan Times correspondents Elisa Scarton (Maremma), Oonagh Stransky (Cortona and Arezzo) and Carolyn Travers (Pescia) for their top sagra tips.

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