The Tuscan village of Lari will once again host its historic Cherry Festival during the first two weekends of June.
Known for its prized, native varieties and high quality production, Lari’s cherries have been around for centuries. You’ll be able to taste juicy cherries such as the deep red Papalina, and the bright red Crognola. From large to small and from those with more of a bite to the sweeter varieties, they’re all here. The famous Marchiana di Lari, the Morella, the Gambolungo, the Cuore and many other varieties will win over their visitors at first bite!
Lari’s cherries are well-known beyond regional boundaries for their delicacy. Cherries have made this ancient village famous and so every year for the past 63, the town has honored them with this festival. On Sunday, 2 June, following an evaluation by of a jury of experts, the coveted Golden Cherry prize will be awarded to the best cherry producer.
The festival will be packed with various events including a local food market, organized in collaboration with the CNA of Pisa. Local products will be on display for tasting and purchase to promote and enhance the rich local gastronomy. The program also includes numerous cooking shows held by chefs Marco Stabile, Francesco Chiavacci and Carlo Bani, who promote a traditional and healthy food culture.
There will also be a craft market located along the walls of Lari’s castle; agriculture, with the exhibition of antique tractors in Piazza XX Settembre; and animals, with the amateur dog show in Piazza Santini. There will also be numerous events like fashion shows, dancing, music and DJ sets which will liven up all five evenings. There is something for both adults and children, such as the flag-wavers performance by the Gallicano flag-wavers and the folk group La Montesina.
It’s a festival for everyone including sports enthusiasts who will be able to attend the 1st Lari “City of Cherries” Grand Prix- a cycling race that will also host the historic Alvaro Bacci Trophy which will be held on Saturday, 8 June.
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