Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Festival

Not long after our arrival here (nearly one year ago, now!), we were told about a pumpkin festival that was a MUST to visit.  So, for nearly 11 months we've been anticipating this festival in Venzone, a town only about 30-45 miles away (but 1 to 1 1/2 hours driving time away!)

We arrived later in the afternoon than we had hoped due to a Saturday afternoon play rehearsal (blog to follow of the Alice in Wonderland production)--the horrors, right?  Therefore, my pictures leave something to be desired.  However, here's a little of what we saw.

A walled city, with a bell tower beckoning us from our parking spot (we parked about 1/2 mile away).

Pumpkin everything!  Pumpkin crepes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin wine, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin frico, pumpkin soup, pumpkin frittata...

Costumed people, flame throwers, torture machines, sword/shield and flower crown vendors, fortune tellers and games that we have on our iphone!
Skilled carvers, making amazing things from pumpkins and gourds, and taking pumpkin carving to a whole nother level!

An enormous cat that strangely resembles Mary Beth!

It was a fantastic evening in Northern Italy.
We'll be back next year, I'm sure!

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