Welcome to Sagraitalia
Sagraitalia is an exciting new concept in the promotion of Italian produce at small local markets and food events in London, the South East and East Anglia,
Italy evokes many senses.....its unparalleled architecture, art and culture, style, landscape and its exquisite food of course. Italians take their food very seriously, so much so that they hold special food festivals or "Sagras", from spring through to autumn every year. Sagre vary from village to village, town to town and region to region and of course the season. The food is always authentic, fresh and cooked with passion and without doubt, a culinary speciality.
Sagre take many forms from a spring sagra such as lamb and artichokes to fish, pasta, fruit and dessert festivals of summer which also include meat sagre, bistecca and wild boar.... to the wonderful taste of autumn with olive oil, mushroom and truffles, chestnuts, and wine of course. All celebrating the earth's bounty through the seasons of the year.
We hope to bring you a delicious slice of authentic Italian food sagre in the UK, focusing mainly on London, the home counties and the east of England. The associates involved in the sagre organised by Sagraitalia are mainly Italian and all of them are from very different regions of Italy, from Veneto in the north to Puglia in the south. This allows us to produce food and wine events which reflect the authentic flavours of Italy. diverse regions of Italy.
All the venues that Sagraitalia uses for events, dinners and parties are specially chosen by our associates to compliment fully the Italian theme for that occasion. Venues vary in size from small and friendly bars, deli's and tasting rooms through to large barns holding seating over 120 people and restaurants, with function rooms catering for up to 200.
Sagraitalia works closely with many very talented chefs, wine importers, cheese retailers and party organisers to make sure that our sagra are truly memorable occasions. Some of our most successful and fun events and evenings were held at such different venues as the Market Quarter in Elizabeth St, Belgravia,London, Creake Abbey Studios Barns in Burnham Market, Norfolk and The Studio in Hackney, London. Other venues include the FARM shop in Dalston, London, Market Bistro in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, The Hive in Hampstead, London, The Forum in Norwich, St Benedicts restaurant, Norwich and Browns Farm shop and Kitchen , Mundford, Norfolk.
We are always on the look out for suitable new venues and recently we have also been co operating with a wonderful new Hotel in the Le Marche region of Italy, Essentia Relais near Marina di Montemarciano just north of Ancona. Sagraitalia will be offering more food and wine events, which also include large parties at wonderful locations throughout London, the East of England and also in Italy in 2012 and beyond.
ESSENTIA RELAIS in LE MARCHE, ITALY
As well as offering fine extra virgin olive oil and pasta from Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean region, Olivaverde, can now offer olive oil and wine appreciation tours, cookery courses and culinary holidays in four very different regions of Italy, Le Marche, Umbria, Tuscany and Puglia. Furthermore, clients would have the chance to meet our Italian friends and producers who provide all these wonderful products and enable them to experience first hand the hospitality, knowledge and love of fine extra virgin olive oils, wines and pasta.
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ITALY's FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS MAY
UMBRIA: ORVIETO "CELEBRATING ITALIAN GELATO" 1-5 MAY
Certainly not one to miss !! In the main piazza’s of the historic centre of Orvieto, Piazza Duomo, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza della Repubblica, there will be held the expo from ice cream makers representing the Italian regions. Delicious gelato’s, sorbets, ice water, mousses on display and to taste. Included in the fantastic event will of course be wines from the Orvieto territori, and olive oils, legumes. The themed gelato exhibition will also tell the story of Italian ice cream and there will be a photographic exhibition, contests and competitions, workshops, shows and concerts.
SPRING GOURMET WEEK-ENDs IN TODI, UMBRIA
Villa Trocco della Volpe is the perfect venue for a gourmet week-end in beautiful Todi,, where you can experience and try first hand cooking-classes and not only prepare the authentic Umbrian dishes but dine too! Also olive oil and wine tasting tours in a region that is renowned for its fine quality ollive oils and full bodied red wines and light whites.
After a busy gourmet time, the villa, which sleeps 12, and ideal for a large party of guests, is the ideal place to relax, take in the beauty of the panorama and the beautiful villa itself with its exquisite large pool. . Set in a wonderful landscape with views of, magnificent Todi, the Tiber river valley and evergreen forests, a beautiful elegant large stone country villa where beautiful paintings adorn the walls. combined with antique furniture and furnishings of the highest quality and comfort to give your stay a unique and memorable one.
ITALIAN WINE NEWS
WINES FROM SELEZIONE ZANOTTO
We have some exciting news literally from the grapevine......That Sagraitalia is now working closely with Selezione Zanotto of London to provide our clients and also our Sagra events with some of the best wines available from Italy. Selezione Zanotto orginially based in the Veneto region of Italy, now also in north London in the UK, this dynamic young Italian wine importer aims to bring to the UK some of the best wines from both the Veneto region and other parts of Italy.
One of their aims is to promote small artisan producers of natural, biodynamic and organic wines which also includes a wonderful range of natural Prosecco. Stefano Milani is the director and representative in London and the UK while a director in Italy is focused on sourcing exciting new wines for their constantly expanding range.
Stefano Milani has worked closely with Sagraitalia for some time, including hosting a large Sagra in Norfolk, and wine tastings and food events in both London and Norwich. Sagraitalia are pleased to have been able to use his services at some of the events we hosted in 2011 and look forward to his continued assistance in 2012 and beyond. http://www.zanotto.co.uk/