Confectionery Festivals

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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Europe’s most popular chocolate festival is held in Perugia, Italy, in mid-October, where the city’s famous Baci chocolates are prominently featured. Perugia’s proximity to Spoleto and its world-renowned Spoleto Festival of culture may account for the Chocolate Festival’s inclusion of exhibits, songs, and plays about chocolate.

Food fights are a feature of many culinary festivals in Spain. When the participants in La Merengada in Vilanova i la Geltrú—part of Carnival celebrations in late February or early March—run out of meringue pies to throw at each other, they substitute candies. A similar rite occurs in many Andalusian towns, including the regional capital, Seville, which holds the Cabalgata de Reyes Magos (Arrival of the Magi) festival on 23 December. Participants throw candies from floats, as they do during many Carnival festivals throughout the world. See carnival.