/Road Trip Part 6: Speckfest

Road Trip Part 6: Speckfest

I spoke to my mom the other day. She had been following the Road Trip virtually and was concerned for my health. I can’t say that I blame her. But she didn’t have all the facts. I hadn’t written about Speckfest yet.

Speckfest was held last weekend in Santa Maddalena, a village in the Val di Funes in Alto Adige, to celebrate the local prodotto tipico, Speck Alto Adige IGP. This cured, lightly smoked pork product is aged in the open air and its style, location, and methods of production are regulated by the government (that’s what the IGP bit signifies).

Santa Maddalena is a small village in a valley surrounded by cow pastures. In October the area is still quite warm, but the snow capped peaks of the Dolomites in the distance foreshadowed the cold winters there.

The tents and stands for Speckfest were set up on a hill below the Church of Santa Maddellena and its cemetery. Vendors selling speck, bread, beer, wine, honey, knives, and wool clothing encircled a large grassy plain filled with tables.

We grabbed a seat at one of the tables and ordered some a ridiculous amount of food.

Some of the dishes included venison stew with canederli and sweet cabbage,

suckling pig with speck-studded coleslaw and canederli, deer liver canederli,

krapfen dolci, fried dough stuffed with sweet fillings,

and fried semolina with Dimetap cherry syrup.

Throughout the day there were lots of performances featuring folk songs and beer drinking.

After a few (songs and beers), the band came into the crowd and danced and played on tables. A joyous, porky, drunken time was had by all.

2016-01-09T13:33:56+00:00 October 10th, 2010|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Pork|8 Comments


  1. Mamma Parla October 11, 2010 at 2:51 am - Reply

    OH now I feel so much better! Really, the Speckfest looked like fun in beautiful surroundings with tasty, deliciuos food! The perfect finale to a total food fest!

  2. adrian October 11, 2010 at 5:52 am - Reply

    You are legendary Katie…deer liver canederli? 🙂

  3. Rossella October 11, 2010 at 11:07 am - Reply

    I don’t know if I envy you more for speck and canederli or for the fantastic place.

  4. Tom October 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Looks great! Dimetap!!! LOL

  5. Katie October 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    @Mamma P uh, I still have 5 more days to report on. but maybe i shouldnt have told you that

    @adrian yeah it was in a beef broth. nice and livery.

    @Rossella all 3 were fabulous. I need to get back there asap!

    @Tom i swear it was cough syrup! 🙂

  6. papa parla October 12, 2010 at 1:18 am - Reply

    you left out the giant speckfest sign made of speck.

  7. Jill October 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I love the first picture of the speck and glass of wine – they look like they’re glowing!

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