Wednesday, May 11, 2011

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER


Having written here about some rather embarrassing occurences in the run-up to the Strawberry Festival in Cassibile [Siracusa Province] I thought it was only fair to go there on Sunday and see for myself what the festa is like.  And I'm very glad I did, because it turned out to be a great event offering something for everybody, from games for the children to a photographic exhibition detailing the history of Sicily, along with stalls, music and a happy, relaxed atmosphere that got people spontaneously dancing as they wandered among the exhibits.

It wouldn't be a Sicilian festa, of course, without the sweet, fried dolci that everybody loves here, so there were strawberry sfincioni,



all kinds of zeppole [deep-fried, filled puffs made from a kind of choux pastry],



strawberry cannoli





and, as you would expect, some of the best strawberry ice cream I've ever tasted!



There was plenty of other food, too, to eat on the spot



or to take away and who could resist these enormous, gorgeously scarlet, sundried tomatoes?  Not me!



This strawberry cream liqueur looked good.  I can't wait to chuck some into my strawberry tiramisù:



There was even strawberry beer:



Naturally, there were strawberries of all shapes, sizes and shades, ready for you to purchase by the crate at excellent prices:







I wish I could have stayed for more music in the evening and the distribution to the crowd of slices of the maxi torta, a strawberry tart weighing 600 kilos.  Maybe next year....   Meanwhile, congratulations to the citizens of Cassibile on a very fine festa.

11 comments:

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I adore strawberries and would have loved that festival!

Claude said...

It looks so delicious! So much creativity on how to use strawberries. But what would really tempt me the most is your Strawberry Tiramisu. You really have the gift to present your cooking in such a delightful way that I immediately want to have a taste. I'm sure if I google the name, I'll find a recipe and I'll try to imitate your artistic dish. Thanks for sharing a great festa.

RNSANE said...

I do love strawberry season. Nothing is so delectable as fresh berries fixed a dozen different ways!

Mourad saad said...

very great ^^

James Higham said...

You love those sun dried tomatoes.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm sure you would, Betty. Hi, Claude. You are very kind to say that. If you email me I will send you the recipe. I agree, Carmen. There is so much we can do with a few berries. I do, James.

CherryPie said...

That reminds me of the song Strawberry Fields are Forever.

It looks like a fun day out :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Mourad and welcome. Thank you. Hi, Cherie. Yes, very enjoyable.

Winchester whisperer said...

Fantastico!

Rowena... said...

I am FLOORED. My jaw just opened and dropped to the ground when I saw the pics and read your description of the event. So glad that you attended the festa! Now I have to find a fragola festa for myself!!

Liz said...

Oh yum!

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