One of my best Italian friend lives in USA for over 15 years. Every year we meet in Italy during summer vacation and last year she suggested to attend an event I want to talk about: “Le Juttenizie, Ghiottonerie nel Borgo” (aka: “The Juttenizie festival: Gluttony in the Village”)
So, after a few days out together to visit the most unusual places of the Marche Region, Barbara and Alex asked my husband and I to join them to Grottammare Alta and enjoy a touring dinner in the old town. I did not know what to expect, even if I knew for certain that it was something related to food and no further clue.
On arrival, we started walking to the entrance of the village and, for that occasion, we headed to the ticket office. One thousand coupons are for sale and can be bought at the entrance of the festival, providing the access to all locations of the route.
I wasn’t expecting so many people there, since the event was only at its second edition. Instead, we ended up walking trought the alleys that lead to the old town along with crowds coming from everywhere.
The soft lights of the street lamps in Grottammare Alta brings out the beauty of the village and provide an enchanted and unique atmosphere. The view of the sea to the sky is the backdrop for this walk and truly gives a feeling of bliss.
We were provided a shoulder bag for the glasses and a glass for wine tasting. With this ‘equiment’, we started our tour of restaurants in the old town including 7 completed tastings, one for each restaurant offering their specialties. From starters, to main dishes and even deserts.
Every tasting comes with a glass of wine of your choice, white or red, carefully selected and matched to dish and choosed among various local labels.
The tour is so well organized that you can walk trough the village discovering beautiful small stores and charming craft workshops in the area. Fascinating musical performances liven up every stop of the tour: musicians and performers, unusual and extraordinarily skilled artists will bring you in an atmosphere from the past.
The Juttenizie festival was born from the commitment of the “Paese Alto di Grottammare”, an organization that brings together all the exhibitors and the companies operating in this small village overlooking the sea. Their main aim is to promote the area and its local products that, in this particular area of the Marche region, are a real plus. The Juttenzie festival will take place on 3 different dates: August 30, September 6 and 13 starting at 6pm.
This is not just a food and wine event. The Juttenizie festival is an absolute experience, an adventure in the culinary world, an interesting cultural opportunity and a fascinating musical experience!