Festivaldelgusto 2014 and 2015: Castello di Monterado
We always aim to find the best and most significant locations for helding our events and this year we are very pleased to have the Festivaldeglusto in the spectacular Castello di Monterado in the pretty village of Monterado, about 15km from the Adriatic resort of Senigallia in Le Marche region of Italy. The Castello di Monterado is an absolutely stunning venue and we are now planning with the owner, Orlando Rodano, not only at the realization of the Festival but also food and wine tasting workshops and tours to be held at this beautiful venue. The present building dates back to early 1700s and was designed by architect Luigi Vanvitelli but the ancient church is part of the original building dates back to more than one thousands years and it was part of the Fonte Avellana Hermitage. The Castle has a long and varied history belonging to many noble families over the centuries like the dukes of Urbino and the family of Napoleone Bonaparte. It was badly damaged during the Second World War by bombing but the present family have undertaken a long and detailed restoration of the main building.
The Castle is surrounded by a beautiful park and wood of pine trees and spectacular oak planted there during the 19th century. There are seven hectares of parkland which includes a splendid flower garden with all plants and flowers typical of the Mediterranean area such as Rosemary, Lavender, Laurel, Jasmine and Roses. Recently on the back of the main building has been added a large swimming pool just before the beginning on the Italian garden and with splendid views of the surrounding countryside and the sea. The Castle is currently used mainly has venue for prestigious events and weddings and so it has a fully equipped industrial kitchen and a large cantina area with vaulted ceilings normally used for this kind of events but we prefer to hold our smaller and more intimate event in the older kitchen area near the courtyard where the producers will also be located. The Castle lends itself perfectly to hosting tese type of prestigious food events and we are very lucky to be working closely with the owner to make this year Festival del Gusto the best so far.
Festivaldelgusto 2013: Locanda Strada della Marina
Our Festivals and food events will be held at many different and varied venues in Italy,also in Malta and the UK. The first Festivaldelgusto in September 2013 will be held at the beautiful countryhouse the Locanda Strada della Marina near the Adriatic resort of Senigallia in the Le Marche region of Italy. The Locanda is owned and run by Stefania Becci who has created a friendly and comfortable environment where guests can relax in a beautiful setting located close to the Adriatic sea and is very popular with foreign visitors. The country house is set in over two hectares of beautiful parkland, with an outside pool and solarium, and in a panoramic position just over one kilometre from the beach and within a five minute drive of the centre of the Adriatic holiday resort of Senigallia which is a lovely typical Italian holiday resort which has many fine shops, restaurants, cafe's, galleries as well as a well known local attraction the Rotunda and the Rocca. There is also a popular theatre and the lungomare has several kilometres of beach bars and restaurants as well as superb sandy beaches.
The Locanda Strada delle Marina is known in the Senigallia area of Le Marche for its fine food and haute cuisine, it also offers a wide choice of catering services and will be hosting our first Festival in September 2013. The restaurant and catering at the Locanda has one of the most accomplished chefs in this part of Le Marche who will be preparing and overseeing all the food on offer at the outside evening meal which will be one of the highlights of this particular event. Accommodation at the Agriturismo consists of nine letting rooms, each with private bathroom and high speed internet connection, also in the summer they provide transport to guests to the nearby beaches. We look forward to working closely with Stefania on the first Festival in Italy we hope to hold a similar event in Marche next year and will be working closely with all our associates both in Le Marche and the UK on this. We are currently planning to hold a Festivaldelgusto on the island of Malta in April 2014 and will be meeting representatives of several Maltese wine and oil businesses in Malta in August and October 2013 to map out a timetable for this exciting event.
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