What’s on in Italy? Artichoke Festival
April is the month of the Artichoke Festival in Italy and is one of the most famous food festivals in the Sagra del Carciofo Romanesco of Ladispoli, Lazio. The event celebrates the peak of the artichoke season, gathering people from all the surrounding towns.
Celebrating its 65th year the event honours the earliest artichoke which was harvested from the plains of the Lazio region, which dates back to the Etruscan times. Known for its girth (up to 15 centimetres in diameter), its intense purple colouring, its tender leaved and most of all the incredible sweet taste.
Although artichokes can be grown throughout Italy, the Roman Artichoke has been granted IGP status and designation similar to the DOC designation for wines. The label certifies that the least part of the products of a product in a particular area.
The festival flocks thousands of people and has now developed to become the centrepiece of the three-day festival. Traditionally the celebration forms the foundation of a wide selection of dishes created specially at this event. Visitors can sample the artichoke-related dishes on offer, which contain a delicious and unique combination of flavours.
One cannot forget the competition to find the best artichoke sculpture – entrants can create anything they wish, from life-size animals to boats.