Festivals & Events

With literally hundreds of festivals and events held across Sicily throughout the year, here is a selection of a few of our favourites, although we suggest you also keep your eyes open for posters or ask the local tourist office for more information on these and other events.

April

Sagra del Carciofo, Cerda
An artichoke festival where you can sample this local product in no end of different dishes.

Sagra della ricotta e del Formaggio
One of the oldest food festivals on the island celebrates its most famous cheese, ricotta. Dozens of dishes and treats made with ricotta including cassata and cannoli are on offe as well as plenty of other cheeses.

Sagra della Frittella, Isnello
Frittella is a dish made from the seasonal ingredients of peas, artichokes and fava beans in celebration of spring.

Sagra del Pomodoro and I Gusti del Barocco, Sampieri
A three day tomato festival with plenty of cooking, eating, drinking, folklore and culture.

Easter

Easter in Sicily is big with every city, town and village celebrating with processions weaving their way through the streets, culminating at the local church or cathedral. Many pagan traditions celebrating spring are also incorporated into these religious events. Seasonal dishes and delicacies enjoyed include cassata (a sponge cake with sweetened ricotta cream, marzipan and candied fruits and pumpkin), marzipan confectionaries shaped in to fruits and agenllo pasquale, Easter lambs and Frittella.

 

May

Festa della Fragola, Cassibile and Syracuse
A celebration of the first crop of strawberries held every year around the end of April/beginning of May.

Cannoli & Friends, Piano degli Albanes near Palermo
A festival centred around the islands most celebrated dessert, cannoli, together with many other tempting sweet treats.

Mercato dei Formaggi e Sagra della Ricotta, Poggioreale
A cheese fest celebrating ricotta and a plethora of tasty and unique Sicilian cheeses.

 

June

Inycon a Menfi Wine Festival, Menfi
A chance to sample some of the most famous Sicilian wines and visit one of the most important wine-producing towns on the island.

 

July

Agra della Pepata di Cozze, Aci Castello
Quite simply the festival of peppered mussels.

Stragusto!, Trapani
A street food bonanza featuring tasty treats from Sicily and the rest of Italy, as well as nearby Tunisia.

Festa del Raccolto, Cianciana
A traditional and ancient harvest festival in the small town of Cianciana featuring chickpeas, fava beans and other local produce with prayers of thanksgiving, music and a wonderful atmosphere

Sagra dell'Olio, Furnari
Locals and visitors alike tuck into local produce including olives, olive oil, bruschette and wine while enjoying the live music of this vivacious festival.

Sagra del Pesce, Giardini-Naxos 
Each weekend throughout July and August the Fish Festival takes place in the port, recreating the atmosphere of the small fishing village it once was, with folklore and music and delicious fresh fish dishes washed down with local wine.

 

August

Sagra delle Melanzana, Milazzo
An annual aubergine festival held over two evenings with folk music and dancing and the chance to sample a wonderful variety of dishes based on one of Sicily’s favourite ingredients.

Sagra della pasta cu l’agghia e sasizza arrustuta, Buseto Palizzolo
A day of feasting on Pesto Trapanese (pasta with garlic, almonds and tomatoes and sausage) followed by juicy melon and all washed down with local wine.

Sagra della Cipolla, Giarratana
An onion festival, where you can sample a myriad of onion-based dishes with cheese, wine, live music and fireworks.

Sagra dei Sapori Chiaramontani, Chiaramonte Gulfi
A feast of flavours celebrating traditional local food.

La Sagra del Mare, Mazara del Vallo
Huge frying pans fry up a tasty mix of seafood to be enjoyed with boiled octopus and plenty of local wine.

La Sagra del Tortone, Sperlinga
An evening of historical re-enactments, singing, dancing and fireworks is followed the next day with a medieval procession leading up to the castle where tortone, a traditional local cake, is given out to all those present.

La Sagra del Tonno, Marzamemi
Being famous for it's tuna, Marzamemi hosts many stalls celebrating tuna, attracting many people. There is an old warehouse that still makes tuna produce and a shop that sells everything you can thnk of to do with tuna!

 

September

Cous Cous Fest, San Vito Lo Capo
A particularly popular festival held over five days, the highlight of which is the highly competitive cook-off with chefs from around the Mediterranean and further afield, with live music, dancing and a fabulous atmosphere.

Sagra della Salsiccia, Aragona
A three day fair in celebration of sausages and the patron saint with stalls, fairground rides and live music.

 

October

Pistachio Festival, Bronte
Held at the beginning of the month the town celebrates the pistachio, the ‘green gold of Sicily’. This key ingredient of local cuisine features in workshops, demonstrations and tastings of a vast range of traditional dishes from well-known favourites such as pasta with pesto to perhaps the less expected pistachio flavoured ice-cream and chocolate. There’s a lively atmosphere in the historic centre of the town with street artists, bands and art and crafts displays.

Ottobrata Zafferanese, Zafferana Etnea
This famous fair is held every Sunday throughout October promoting folk traditions, crafts and local produce from the Mount Etna region, in the historic centre of the village.

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