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.
Misteri di Trapani,
The “Mysteries” are 20 statues representing the Passion and Death of Christ. At 2pm, each Good Friday, they are taken in procession from the Church of Anime Sante del Purgatorio in Trapani. Overnight festivities finally lead back to the church at 2pm the following day.
Mercato dei Formaggioi e Sagra della Ricotta, Poggioreale
A cheese fest celebrating ricotta and a plethora of tasty and unique Sicilian cheeses.
Inycon a Menfi Wine Festival, Menfi
A chance to sample some of the most famous Sicilian wines and visit local cantine in one of the most important wine-producing towns on the island.
A street food bonanza featuring tasty treats from Sicily and the rest of Italy, as well as nearby Tunisia.
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 melons and all washed down with local wine.
La Sagre del Mare, Mazaral del Vallo
Huge frying pans fry up a tasty mix of seafood to be enjoyed with boiled octopus and plenty of local wine.
CousCous 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.