Let’s start with pistachio, a gastronomic jewel of Bronte, in the province of Catania: in September, the pistachio is a protagonist during the festival. For the occasion, there are free guided tours through the historic center of Bronte and contemporary art exhibitions.
Pistacchio di Bronte Schiros – ph. Dipartimento Agricolutra UO Bronte Regione Siciliana
Also in September, in San Vito Lo Capo, near Trapani, there is the Cous Cous Fest: ten days of exciting culinary competitions, couscous tastings, cooking shows of star chefs, cooking classes for adults and children, and concerts nearby the beautiful beach.
Cous Cous Fest is not just food: it is the International Festival of cultural integration, an event that celebrates the cous cous dish as peace between peoples.
A dream in late summer is the Festival of wheat and bread in September: two days of revival of the simple peasant world in Catenanuova, in the province of Enna. You can taste the typical products accompanied by songs, people dressed like in the 40s, dances, and folk music.
Vastedda del Belice e pane nero di Castelvetrano – ph. P. Barone
About bread, let’s taste the black bread of Castelvetrano, near Trapani, made by mixing two durum Sicilian blond wheat and a rare local variety of durum wheat, the tumminia, both whole and ground in natural stone mills.
Let’s go to San Cono, in the province of Catania, for the Festival of Prickly Pear: since 1984, every year in October, the world’s number one Sicilian fruit is celebrated.
Even in Roccapalumba, near Palermo, and in Santa Margherita Belice, Agrigento, in October we find taste workshops, guided tastings, and sweets with the prickly pear, and a whole menu based on this tasty fruit.
Sicily also produces a preparation with prickly pears, called mustard: let’s taste it in Gagliano Castelferrato, in the province of Enna, and in Militello Val di Catania, near Catania.