Spino Fiorito: food & drink at the castle
Everything is ready for the new edition of the Spino Fiorito fair. The event dedicated to the food and wine starts tomorrow 22 April until the 25 April, Liberation Day of Italy, at the suggestive setting of the Malaspina Castle of Massa, in northern Tuscany.
(THIS YEAR THE EVENT WON’T TAKE PLACE. THEY WAIT FOR US ON 2018).
The fair of Spino Fiorito was born in 2000 with the aim of giving value to the small producers of this area and of all Italy. Support these little firms is the only way to keep the traditions, the history, the culture, and the local identities still alive.
Last year, the special edition of Spino Fiorito was dedicated to the Expo Milan and to the critical theme of nutrition of the entire mankind, and more than twenty thousand curious visitors crowded the Castle during the three days.
What is Spino Fiorito
The event takes place in one of my favourite place of northern Tuscany: inside the walls of the Malaspina Castle. It is located up on a hill that dominate the city of Massa and the coastal flat land. The view from the roof of the castle is breathtaking, I could spend an entire day up there, walking backwards and forwards, sitting on the wall and staring at the beautiful surrounding. You can admire a 360° view on the mountains, the Mediterranean Sea, the horizon, the rocky cliffs of the Gulf of Poets in Liguria and even the islands on a clear day.
The Spino Fiorito starts Friday 23 april with the procession of the historic flag wavers of Fivizzano, a small village in Lunigiana, from the main square of the city Piazza Aranci to the castle, parading across the narrow uphill paths. Then, after the traditional toast made by the Tecchiaroli (workers of the marble quarries) hung along the walls, the opening of the stands will bring the castle back to life.
The courtyard, the walls and the cloister will be packed with dozens of stands of local producers. At the entrance, visitors can buy a glass for the wine (and take it away as a souvenir of the event), stroll around the castle tasting traditional food as cold cuts, pecorino cheese, honey, and bread combined with one of the many Tuscan wines at disposal. Tourists have also the opportunity to enjoy local delicacies as Panigacci or Testaroli of the Lunigiana, chestnut flour crepes with Ricotta cheese and drink a pint of fresh handmade beer.
Spino Fiorito is not only food and drink but also local customs and traditions. In fact during the weekend there will be exhibitions with musicians and dancers in historic clothes directly from the Renaissance and Middle Age. Instead, along the corridors and inside the rooms of the castle, visitors can step out from the crowd to enjoy art exhibits of local artists (paintings, sculptures and photos) surrounded by the silence and the history of the castle and of their owners: the Malaspina Family.
If you are passing through the coast of Tuscany during these days why don’t you take a look at this interesting Spino Fiorito?
A video with the best moments of Spino Fiorito 2015
(updated on April 24th 2017)