October in Sicily

October in Sicily means harvest festivals and sagras celebrating the abundance of the season. Each Sunday of this month in the town of Zafferana Etnea, pictured, on the east slope of Etna, they host the 40th edition of Ottobrata Zafferanese, a culture and food festival celebrating the typical products of the volcanic region. Each Sunday…

Look for Me on Gelato Way

This weekend in the enchanting Arab-Norman town of Cefalù on Sicily’s north coast, they are celebrating the annual Sicily Food Festival. Experience Sicily’s Evelina Buttitta is there today enjoying live music, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts (including unique, Sicily-inspired jewlery, my favorite!) and a vast selection of typical street food with her family. The streets…

Dress for Success 

This weekend in the southeastern Sicilian town of Pachino, they are celebrating the “Inverdurata di Pachino,” a festival that features local agricultural production. In this case, it is their renowned sweet cherry tomatoes–here used to create a dress along with orange, lemon, cucumbers, and onion slices (there may be some celery and zucchini mixed in…

Serving Up My Smile

Experience Sicily’s Evelina Buttitta was in Cefalù last evening for the street food festival, and she sent me this photo she took knowing that I would love this hand-painted food cart, decorated in the style of the traditional and historic Sicilian cargo-carting carts. 💙💛💚

Bottarga Nights 

The town of Sciacca in southern Sicily is renowned for their anchiovies, sardines, fresh fish, and fish products. This weekend, they are celebrating their successes with the 3rd annual Azzurro Fest. The Azzurro Fest is a chef-guided food festival with cooking demonstrations, street food tastings, music performances by Italian pop stars, and a “village” of…

Let’s Live Vicariously

I’m arriving in Sicily from New York on Tuesday, which is very exciting; however, that means I’m going to miss this: The Sherbeth Festival Internazionale del Gelato Artigianale. You got it right: an international festival of artisanal gelato! Right in Palermo’s city center on Corso Vittorio Emanuele at Via Maqueda to Piazza Bologni, all weekend,…

Make Cous Cous Not…

The annual Cous Cous Fest in San Vito Lo Capo not only exemplifies cultural integration by way of dozens of cous cous recipes for all to enjoy, but it also plays host to Italy’s top musical talent. Here is a photo of Irene Grandi during her set on the outdoor stage the night Experience Sicily…

Yes, Couscous.

Seafood couscous is a staple dish of western Sicilian cuisine. This one, pictured, was one of tens of international recipes with different ingredients served at the September 2014 installation of the annual Couscous Fest in San Vito Lo Capo.

Celebrating Ricotta? Count me in!

October in Sicily is packed with feasts and festivals celebrating local gastronomy. This weekend in Paternò on the southern slopes of Mount Etna, they are celebrating the 2nd annual Festival of Ricotta and Mostarda. Ricotta, pictured here, is a fresh cheese made with either sheep’s milk (most common in Sicily), cow’s milk, or goat’s milk….