Not only at the harvest time of the most famous fruit in the region, the grape, every opportunity is used to celebrate on Lake Garda. Because even when the truffles, olives, pumpkins, chestnuts and rice have ripened, the fresh ingredients are used carefully, quality-conscious, rich in aromas and in a variety of ways in order to celebrate the freshness of the food. For a vacation like in the land of milk and honey, here are the most important dates:
Cinquemiglia del ghiottone - Tremosine on June 2021
The circular route chosen by the organizers for the gourmet walk is five miles - cinque miglia - that is about eight kilometers long. It leads through untouched pine forests, lush green meadows and some of the idyllic villages in the municipality of Tremosine, where you can take a break for feasting.
Palio del Chiaretto, Bardolino, May 2021
Chiaretto is the rosè wine from Lake Garda - it has been experiencing a tremendous renaissance for several years. Accordingly, the spring festival “Palio del Chiaretto” is enjoying increasing popularity, both from the winemakers and from the wine public.
Festa del Nodo d'amore, Valeggio sul Mincio June 2021
Since 1993, the 600-meter-long Visconti Bridge, which towers over the picturesque village of Borghetto, has been turned into an open-air restaurant every third Tuesday in June in honor of the “Liebesknoten” - a local pasta specialty.
Fiera del Riso - Rice Festival in Isola della Scala, mid-September - mid-October
Around Isola della Scala, south of the center of Verona, is the region's rice-growing area. Every autumn this regional delicacy can be tried at a large rice fair - for example as a delicious risotto.
Ciottolando con Gusto - gourmet stages in Malcesine, end of September 2021
Every year at the end of September, the nostalgic seaside town of Malcesine invites you to a culinary stroll through the alleys of the old town. Traditional dishes of the region are offered, from salty to savory to wonderfully sweet.
Truffle Festival in Tignale, September-October 2021
Two long weekends the truffle from Lake Garda is celebrated in Tignale. A detour to the mountains on the northwestern shore of Lake Garda is definitely worth it.
Wine festival in Bardolino from 23 September to 3 October 2021
Wine festival with cult status The "Festa dell'Uva e del Vino" in Bardolino is a wine festival with cult status. Every year between the end of September and the beginning of October, wine lovers travel from all over the world to the picturesque town on the eastern shore of Lake Garda to celebrate the grape harvest with the locals.
Fiera dell'olio - Olive Oil Festival in Castelletto di Brenzone
There is ample opportunity to convince yourself of the high quality of the local olive oil and the dishes served with it in Castelletto di Brenzone. At the "Rassegna dell'Olio Novello" - a kind of farmers' fair - the small town at the foot of Monte Baldo presents freshly produced olive oil every autumn. The highlight is the Fiera Santa Caterina on November 25th.
Racing the bites
In July and August: rowing of the Bisse (Venetian rowing boats) for the Lake Garda flag, Lazise Notte Classica (classical music), Festa dell'Ospite guest festival; and then in October the famous honey festival. Market: is always Wednesday mornings
Honey festival The famous honey festival takes place in October.
Weekly markets take place in many places on the lake. In the bustling and relaxed atmosphere of the markets, locals and visitors mingle on the hunt for bargains. Whether you want to buy shoes or parmesan, handbag or espresso machine: you will find what you are looking for at the weekly market. The markets often end as early as 13 p.m., so it is advisable to visit in the morning or else to inquire about the exact times on site. The antique markets, which usually last all day, but only take place once a month, are interesting and varied.
Colombare di Sirmione
Moniga del Garda
Peschiera del Garda
Torri del Benaco
Castelletto di Brenzone
Desenzano del Garda
Lime (first and third Tuesday of the month)
Castelnuovo del Garda
Torbole (only in summer, on the 2nd and 4th of the month)
Lazise, San Felice del Benaco, Arco (first and third Wednesday of the month)
Riva del Garda (second and fourth Wednesday of the month)
Brenzone (Assenza) - 8 am-13pm farmers market with local products
Peschiera del Garda, farmers market (San Benedetto)
Manerba del Garda
Lugana di Sirmione
Brescia, Cascina Maggia organic farmers market (not from 15-22 August)
Desenzano-Rivoltella, organic market, Piazza degli Alpini 16.8., 27.9., 11.10.
every 3rd Saturday of the month: Verona
every 1st Sunday of the month: Desenzano (except January and August)
every 2nd Sunday of the month: Torri del Benaco, Brescia (except July and August)
every 4th Sunday of the month: Valeggio sul Mincio