Cart and I arrived here by car and it took us about an hour to reach here. But I think that the next time that we visit here for this festival, we should take the train instead as trying to search for parking is like trying to win the lottery.
Anyway, there are loads of things to see and do here. One of them is eating at participating restaurants that does set menus including starters, first course and second course focusing on artichokes.
Cart and I stopped at this trattoria called the La Locanda di Guido e Massi where I had such a delicious fish dish which I would love to eat again (check it out in the video at the end of this post)
After lunch, we took a walk outside.
There were many open markets ranging from clothes, to even pets! Of course there were plentiful of artichokes and artichoke related items for sale. There were also a lot of stalls set up focusing on local Italian food and produce and there were benches all around for people to eat and enjoy their food.
Looks like oktoberfest doesn’t it? Where everyone eat, drink and be merry. Cart and I were curious to give the stalls a try, but at that point of time, we were still very full from our meal at the trattoria.
For me, one of the highlights was seeing displays made from artichokes. Some where extremely grand and impressive! I can only imagine the time taken as well as the humanly effort put in making it!
Anyway, one thing I thought was kind of missing. How come there were no Miss Artichoke contest? In harvest festivals there will always be young, talented women in cute costumes to showcase the best crop. Kind of like Virginia here in the best sheep contest.
Would be interesting yeah?
In anycase, do watch my video of the artichoke festival. It’s worth it, with the drama and action! And stay till the end to check out the surprise ending