Pesto festival Lavagna – Liguria Italy, Food n Wine Tours

Celebrating Pesto and Ligurian Gastronomy in Lavagna

October 27, 2010 by Anna Merulla / Tags:  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  , ,  / 3 Comments

About two weeks ago we had a great weekend at the annually Culinary Festival “Pesto e Dintorni” (Pesto and Surroundings) in Lavagna, a little town on the Italian Riviera.

Why the Festival is called “Pesto and Surroundings” – “Pesto e Dintorni” ?

The annual Festival is open exclusively to products from Liguria, creating a project agreed upon by the regional administration and all the local trade organizations. In addition the landmark sauce, the event seeks to highlight the ‘wonderful seven’ products that go into it: basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, pine nuts, pecorino and grana cheeses.

Why ‘Surroundings’

The ‘surrounding’ section of the event hosts all the other typical specialty food an, whose texture and shape best complement the flavor of the pesto, seafood and all the other typical regional specialty foods are available, the whole paired at best with local wines, from Vermentino, to Pigato and Rossese, among others.

This year “Pesto e Dintorni” Festival was at its 7th edition and, since in past I never partecipated to it yet, I decided it was time to take part. But I wasn’t prepared for how wonderful it was. Located in the historical centre of Lavagna, surrounded by focaccerie, restaurants and pastry shops, this Festival hosts over 100 exhibitors that produce exclusively typical Ligurian products, from the authentic pesto sauce to the traditional pasta, which emphasize the sauce’s taste, to the wine and other specialities which are part of the liguiran cuisine.

At the Festival I was with other friends food lovers, and we went there to taste and buy some good products for our Sunday lunch. Of course, we’ve tasted little bruschette with pesto sauce. Every year all the producers guarantee that the pesto sauce that they produce is made following strictly the official recipe, using exclusively DOP or extra virgin olive oil and basil from Genoa DOP. Genoese Pesto sauce recipe.

Wandering through the several food exhibitors, we’ve tasted the taggiasche olives. This quality of olives are typically ligurian from the western Riviera, they are dark-green and small size. Of course, once we’ve bite one taggiasca olive, or other typical products, the farmers started to tell us how they grow their goods, how hard work and passion was behind their productions.

Naturally October is the chestnut season, so there were inviting chestnut jams and chestnut liquor. Then, we’ve tasted also many different types of honey and the pandolce genovese. The Genoese pandolce is a traditional flat fruit cake, sold in every pastry shop in Genoa made with pine nuts, raisins, fennel seeds, and a scent of orange flower water.

Finally, after tasting and deciding, we bought taglierini, a pasta similar to tagliatelle but it is a thinner version, pesto sauce, some artichokes in oil and cheese. Then, among the little alleys of Lavagna we entered in a bakery and bought some focaccia and bread.

Back at home we spent, as good italian people, half of a day on lunch and enjoyed the company and food.

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FWT Chi energy day tour – A Divine Escape to the hills!

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FWT Chi energy day – A Divine Escape to the hills!

Food n Learn

– feeling your energy: vital, beautiful relaxation

hillside walks

Our Food n Learn tours are a fantastic way to let go of the stress that creeps into our lives… now we have added something extra, the opportunity to learn a little relaxation meditation while enjoying the view.
Within a few minutes of gentle walking into the hills you will be in the nurturing lush green pastures, surrounded by nature, the essence and aromas of the forests, the sound of birdsong, walking and silence.  
We all need it to balance our modern lifestyles so come on into the outside inner world of FWT and enjoy.

Tai Chi moments… a special relax n walk tour

Having taught Tai Chi, Breath meditation and Chi Gung in Australia and UK  for many years Nick offers the chance to stroll to the mountain top, breath and learn a set of flowing ‘Yang Tai Chi brocade’ movements.

The walk tracks uphill for 30 minutes to a simply divine summit.

Spring water tasting from the minerals of the mountain.

Minerals become dissolved in the water as it moves through the underground rocks. This may give the water flavour and even carbon dioxide bubbles, depending on the nature of the geology through which it passes – our water is sweet, flowery and soft to the taste.

Springs that contain significant amounts of minerals are sometimes called ‘mineral springs’. Springs that contain large amounts of dissolved sodium salts, mostly sodium carbonate, are called ‘soda springs’. Many resorts have developed around mineral springs and are known as spa towns.  Our spring is unspoiled by such and the water is enjoyed by the villagers as a vital daily source.

Water from our spring is clear and still. However some springs may be coloured by the minerals that are dissolved in the water. Iron and tannins often give spring water an orange colour.

Tasting and collection, fresh from the mountain

Hillside gentle slow trekitation – a silent walk into the heart of nature
Chi Gung Mountain Meditation

Breathingtaking in the pure mountain air deep into our lungs, bones and marrow!

An average adult breathes more than 2,500 gallons of air every day, and children breathe even more air per pound of body weight making them even more susceptible to air pollution.

When you think about your breath as being your link to life, it takes on a whole new meaning. In our fast-paced lives, most of us forget to breathe fully as everything occupies our minds, except for breathing.  We are often so caught up in meeting the needs of family, work, etc., that we fail to nurture ourselves.  When my daughter was born I noticed how every single part of her body moved with her breath. It reminded me that deep breathing is as natural to us as it is a child, and it fades away as we get older, unless we pay it some attention.

Our mountain air program cleanses the mind, body, soul.

Tai Chi – Centre-line harmony movement

Return for Lunch

1-3 people 115.00
4.8 people 160.00

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Qigong Chi meditation is a gentle health building energy movement, based on standing postures rather like Tai Chi.  An ancient relaxation method that works perfectly to eke away the tension from our busy modern world.

Great for relieving back pain and neck tension.

During your 1.5 hour class you will learn the following relaxation techniques.

  • Breathing – Deep Relaxation breath – De-stress Breath  
  • Power (rejuvenating) Breathing
  • Detox Breathing

Nature’s energy migrates.  It creates wellness and happiness.  

The Mountain is inspirational – come and enjoy it

Our day starts by tasting pure spring water… and your body says thank you

Above:  The rise toward Passo della Cisa, Emilia Romagna Tuscany border.  The site of our Qigong experience treks.

About the Mountain:  Chi energy day with FWT

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