On the 19th of March, Italians celebrate La Festa del Papá (Father’s Day), but this date is also linked to another import event, although not religious: spring solstice.
I suggest this year to organise a day out at Pozzolengo, in the province of Brescia very close to Lake Garda.

Pozzolengo welcomes the spring season with a 4 day non stop culinary festival (that has taken place every year for 107 years) dedicated to the local food, with stands of  fine meats, salamis and wine accompanied by local events like the traditional parade of vintage cars and bikes.

There are also meetings and conferences held in order to promote the local restaurants of Brescia and Lake Garda and discover the most ancient culinary traditions of this region.
In fact Pozzolengo has always been attentive to the gastronomic specialities: summer events and traditional culinary competitions between city neighbourhoods are organized, like the Palio di San Lorenzo, better known as the “palio della pastasciutta“(pasta competition), that awards a prize to the best bolognaise sauce.  There is also the Music Village, the famous bier festival for the younger people.

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