The popular festival is held annually on the last Sunday of October in Aritzo, in the heart of Barbagia, a place of wild enchantment between beauty and goodness . The event is a great opportunity to raise awareness of local products, cultural heritage, environment and art of central Sardinia. During two days (Saturday and Sunday) the festival features musical performances and art exhibitions, while hot chestnuts, freshly cooked, and a good glass of new wine await you along with desserts and many other typical specialties. In the producers’ market you can find the freshness of local products to take home. A cultural event not to be missed!
It was mainly the Laore company that re-discovered the cultivation of chestnut trees in Sardinia. In 2007 they began to implement a plan for restructuring the chestnut trees, identifying and selecting the local qualities that best fit the market. This led to the subsequent grafting of about 150 hectares of chestnut and chestnut woods that meet these needs. Sardinia counts 2000 hectares which could be destined to chestnut trees, but currently only 1000 hectares have been developed mainly located in Barbagia-Mandrolosai (Desulo, Tonara, Belvì and Aritzo).
For those who are staying in South Sardinia, you can also visit the local chestnut producer in Teulada, the Azienda Agricola Sebera di Francesco e Luigi Pirlo – they are currently harvesting the chestnuts and it’s worth a visit!