Medieval Feast of the Soave white wine

Soave - Festa medioevale del Soave, i cavalieri

This appointment is among those not to be missed in the calendar of the most vibrant folk festivals in Italy. From May 16 to 19 Soave, about twenty kilometers from Verona, is transformed into a place of the past with the Medieval Feast dedicated to the fine wine that was named after the town itself. Archers, knights, flag throwers and ladies in parade, color the streets of this enchanting village, with games and a review of the old crafts.

Some of the most characteristic moments stand out within the program: on Friday evening, the traditional medieval banquet takes place at Palazzo del Capitano, with tastings of Classic Soave and Recioto di Soave. Guests are welcomed by the ladies and gentlemen of the court, with a roll of drums, spectacular scenery of fire eaters and theatrical and musical interludes. The magnificent setting of the Scaligeri stronghold will hold the investiture of Castellane and Spadarini of the Imperial Castellania di Suavia, ie the only female fraternity of wine lovers made up of women from the worlds of culture, entertainment and business, with a common passion for Soave wine. Everyone can participate in this event (subject to availability), but it must be booked by May 12.

Soave - Festa medioevale del Soave, la processione

On Saturday 18 evening the real historical re-enactment begins, in Rome Street. Musicians and jesters start dancing, while actors and historical figures parade through the center of Soave where you can also browse among the stalls of artisans and crafts of the medieval market. Other shows and activities for the whole family enrich the program, from the equestrian exhibition to the acrobatics, from the tender archery to horse riding strolls around the city.

The Medieval Feast days are also seasoned with delicious tastings of typical products from the area, the best chefs will be there, and with production from the wineries scattered along the Soave Wine Road. The white nectar of the Venetian Hills is the undisputed star of appetizers, at various times, like the opening of the Wine Fountain in Antenna square.

Shows and art exhibitions complete this great celebration’s many initiatives, along with workshops and games for the little ones. Another highlight of the festival is the ancient Palio delle Botti, on Sunday afternoon: the districts of Soave challenge one another in an exciting competition to win the “Protector of the Soave Lands” sword.

For information, full program and reservations:

Soave - Festa medioevale del Soave, i mestieri

Soave - Festa medioevale del Soave, la processione

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