Cannara, a beautiful medieval village in the province of Perugia, in Umbria, organizes in September a big party dedicated to onions. It is a traditional gourmet at the end of the summer, named: ‘Festa della cipollo di Cannara’! Now already celebrating its 36th edition, which became a national reference which reaches 230 thousand visitors every year.
The amazing quality of the food available in each of the five stands every day during the festival, provide hundreds of meals. Dishes whose recipes date back to 1500, as old as the binding of the onion of Cannara. Growing onions is an integral part of the history of the country in the province of Perugia.
There is already a trace of this in the lecture of 1500, while in the nineteenth century advanced techniques were used to improve the quality and production which at the end of the last century has exceeded 80 percent of the total in the region. Cannara is one of the places where the onion is still cultivated using the traditional methods, which have little to do with the intensive mass production, significant binding the people in Umbria, and considered the main source of survival for centuries.
The event is scheduled for the 31st of August 2016 and will close on September 11th (on the 5th of September there will be no events).
In addition to the excellent dishes with and without onions, this festival also offers exhibitions and artistic events which will culminate with the celebration of the patron saint, San Matteo, 21st of September.
The village of only four thousand inhabitants offers visitors a valuable museum where you can admire intact ancient mosaics, remains and archaeological findings. The museum will remain open to public during the festival until late in the evening.
Cannara retains a number of aspects from the Franciscan period. It is in this village that St. Francis of Assisi conceived the third Franciscan order and the famous ‘Predica agli uccelli’ well portrayed by Benozzo Gozzoli.