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Wow!! Now that you mention it we have the fall "Apple Festival"
(apple pies, apple sauce, apple fritters etc.! and the spring "Orange
Blossom Festival" (although that is more a festival of hope than thanks.)
I'll bet every area has it's own! ("Gilroy Garlic?")
>I don't know if this information will be useful to Hee-Jin Ahn who was
>interested in Harvest Festivals, but here in Italy such Festivals are a
>regular occurrence, all year round. Just in the outskirts of Rome, in
>September/October there are several grape festivals, (In Marino the fountain
>gives wine instead of water,...in Zagarolo they pass through the streets and
>toss bunches of grapes to the crowds.....In spring, in Nemi there is the
>strawberry festival, and in the fall at Rocca di Papa there is the mushroom
>festival.....at Anguillara there is a fish festival with a huge fish fry in
>the piazza...in Ladispoli there is the Artichoke festival.....and in Monte
>Porzio Catone in June the apricot festival....
>I just opened the Rome newspaper and this is what's on this weekend in the
>area....Segni - chestnut festival; Patrica - chestnuts and acquata (a sweet
>wine); Manziana - chestnut festival; Sambuci - polenta, spare ribs and
>sausages festival; Rocca di Papa - chestnut and wine festival; Canepina -
>chestnut and wine festival. Each one has its own particular traditions,
>parades, activities etc.
>If you are interested in more details I can find out if the "Ente
>Provinciale di Turismo" has an Internet sight. Or write to me for more