Sicily is a beautiful and very varied land, shaped by the myriad invaders and settlers who have all left their mark. Influenced by so many cultures, Sicilian cuisine is surprisingly lavish, while the people are very warm – just like the sunny island itself. Being an island in the Mediterranean Sea, you can expect summertime temperatures be around 72F. To avoid the crowds, we suggest visiting Sicily between March and mid-July and then in the fall. Make the most of your time in sunny Sicily by checking out these festivals.
Inycon a Menfi Wine Festival
Menfi is the heart of Sicily’s wine and extra virgin olive oil production. Named by the Winerest as a must-see festival, this community event offers up live entertainment, wine and olive oil tastings, and chance to visit the local cantinas. June 22-24, 2014
Festa del Pesce
Celebrating its 43rd anniversary, the Festa del Pesce is a nod to Sicily’s roots in the fishing industry. Dancing, fireworks, food stands offering up tasty fish dishes and even World Cup Soccer on the big screen, this festival has something for everyone, with more than 35,000 people in attendance. One thing you must see to believe is the custom-made 13 foot wide frying pan. June 14-15, 2014.
Dubbed the most unique music festival in Italy, the Ypsigrock Music Festival features artists from all over the world, in the stunning surroundings of the Castle Castelbuono. Over the years, festival goers have enjoyed performances by Primal Scream, Mogwai, Of Montreal, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Motorpsycho and Dinosaur Jr. Bring your tent and sleep under the stars at this historic venue. August 7-10, 2014.
Sagra di Fava
The humble fava bean has left its mark on the small Sicilian town of Campofiorito. So much so the entire town comes together to celebrate the last harvest of the season every year. Locals dress in traditional Sicilian costumes and make enough food for the whole town. Fava beans are cooked in the traditional manner, with roasted onions and boiled potatoes. Not a bean fan? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of homemade wine. August 2, 2014.
La Festa di Santa Rosalia
Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Palmero, is celebrated each July with enormous parades, fireworks, music, food and of course, wine. Dating back to the 1600s when the region was suffering from the plague, the festival has evolved to include a theatrical production – complete with acrobatics and light shows – that represent the final days of the plague. A must-see if you are staying in Palmero. July 14, 2014.
If you like ice-cream, this festival is a must! More than 150 flavors were at the 2012 festival, including Lemon Maple Syrup, Double Malt Beer and the grand prize winner, white fig with chocolate gelato and almonds. The very best very best artisinal ice-cream and granita producers around the globe attend the festival. The 2013 event was cancelled last minute and 2014 dates to be announced, but typically the Sherbeth Festival is held in early September.
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