Lake Garda, located in between the provinces of Verona, Brescia and Trento (and not so far from the province of Mantova), is a territory rich in food and wine traditions: besides famous wines likes Bardolino, Lugana and Valpolicella, it also offers Garda’s excellent quality olive oils. Its cuisine is a lot various and there are different restaurants that are specialized in serving lake fish which is able to satisfy the most difficult gourmets.
Cavaion Veronese Asparagus Festival, asparagus exposition and prize-giving for asparagus.
In Bardolino Festival of the Riviera for the promotion of Bardolino wine, Claret and Olive Oil.
In Affi, the Medieval Festival will take place. Representation of life’s moments during the Middle Ages.
On the day of the plenilune there will be the “Sardellata al Pal del Vò” (Sardine Festival in Pal del Vò) with gastronomic stands accompained by music all around the Pal del Vo' area, thanks to the boats supplying fried lake fish. At night there will be fire works.
The ancient Festival of Saint Gaetano, a traditional town feast having various gastronomic stands, will take place in Pastrengo.
In Peschiera del Garda “Calici di stelle” at Forte Arditeti will take place. Wine tasting coming from the local wine protecting syndicates – toasts made with customized goblets – watching the falling star phenomenon with the group called “astrofili”.
In Bussolengo. The summer ending festival and peach exposition. Musical shows, gastronomic stands – exposition of agricultural products and equipment.
The "Custoza doc White Wine Festival" takes place, organized by the local tourist office. The festival is organized together with the oenological contest, the first one in the province of Verona which has been recognized by the European Community.
In Pastrengo the "Pumpkin Festival" is organized, during which you can taste pumpkin made “tortelli” (pieces of pasta filled with pumpkin). It lasts three days and during it course you can taste pumpkin made tortellis, pumpkin made risotto and many other dishes. There will be a prize-giving ceremony which will assign a prize to the biggest pumpkin which also has a very strange shape.
Grape and wine festival in Castelnuovo del Garda.
Bardolino wine tasting, winery and vineyard prize-giving, convention. Painting exhibition, theatrical and musical shows. Gastronomic stands.
September Carnival in Torri del Benaco, masked group parade, gastronomic stands, entertainment with buskers and musical groups, folk dances, fire works.
The Luccio D’Oro (Golden Pike) in Peschiera del Garda. In the waters of the province of Verona – pike fishing competition in the waters of Lake Garda – troll technique.
Local mountain products show in Ferrara di Monte Baldo. Annual local mountain products show – typical dish tasting – Local hotel keepers exposition.
1° fine settimana (1st week-end) in Bardolino – Grapes and Classical Bardolino DOC wine Festival, Bardolino wine advertising, feast, music, parades.
In San Zeno di Montagna – Chestnut Festival – Chestnut exposition – dancing, wine tasting with cooked chestnuts’ eve Festival of Santa Caterina – Traditional agricultural festival. It has been taking place in Castelletto for about 25 years, dedicated in particular to olive trees and their products. "Olive d'oro" (Golden Olives) Festival, new oil tasting, zootechnic exposition
Lake Garda’s typical products
Lake Garda’s wines
Vineyards are Lake Garda’a most ancient plants. The mild climate, their exposure to the sun, the equilibrium concerning rains and the temperature make this area of Lake Garda particularly fertile for wine production whose taste has been exalted since the times of Renaissance.
In 1968, the Bardolino and Bianco di Custoza brands were established. The quality of vineyards together with local wine growers organizational abilities make wine production pleasant and appreciated all over the world as well as becoming something for inhabitants to live on. Bardolino’s area of production can be divided into two zones. The oldest one, which produces classical DOC Bardolino DOC encompasses the whole territory including the towns of Bardolino and Garda and a part of Lazise, Cavaion, Costermano and Affi. Bardolino has a ruby-red colour which turns into carnet red while ageing, or rosé for Claret. Bardolino wine which is bottled within December 31st belongs to a vintage that had the grapes required can be considered Novello (New) because of its elegant and intense fruity colour.
Lake Garda’s olive oil
Vineyards and olive trees dominate the rural landscape of Lake Garda’s eastern riviera. The olive tree is considered as the undisputed lord in the northern part. The southern part is the kingdom of the vineyard, where you can find some olive trees here and there. Nowadays Lake Garda’s extra-virgin olive oil holds the European DOP brand, denomination of protected origin.
It is a characteristic kind of oil because it is light, easy to digest and has delicate fruity tones: a little jewel.