Tradition of Reggio Emilia between gastronomy and legends

Guests at the Inn ‘Le Due Querce’ of Toano can fully exploit all the attractions in the area that offer unique scenarios and lots of opportunities for sport lovers. For example, you can go hiking or Nordic Walking on paths that offer a full immersion in nature thanks to lush woods framing the inn.

The Emilian Apennine hosts countries closely linked to its traditions and a stay at ‘Locanda Le Due Querce’ during the month of September, can be an opportunity to take part in two events held in Toano that involve the population of this small village in the province of Reggio Emilia, along with many tourists who usually arrive for the occasion.


The Potato Fair

Le-due-querce-tortelli-fatti-in-casaThe first event is a classic that takes place every year, this summer it will be celebrated on the 2nd of September. This is the ‘Potato Fair’ where this mountain tuber will be offered as filling of traditional tortelli or as the main ingredient of the puff pastry with which they are made.

The gastronomy of the this italian territory is strongly linked to that peasant world that was used to cook with poor ingredients. The fresh pasta made by home-grown women was the main ingredient for a rich diet made of dishes such as potato tortelli.


Golden Calf Delivery Ceremony

The second event to be attended will take place on the 30th of September and is the Graduation Ceremony of the Golden Calf, an attestation of benevolence that has been designed to thank people who have shown their commitment to the world of volunteering. There will be the celebration of Mass at 8.30 pm at Pieve di Castello, to remember the volunteers of all the associations of the area that have disappeared, and subsequently the delivery of the certificate.

A local legend tells of a secret gallery that linked the castle of Toano with the tower of Massa and, on this path, was concealed a mythical golden calf. According to the legend, a group of young people, attracted by the richness of the golden calf, went to his research. Once they found it, they discovered that at every attempt to take it, a mysterious force pushed them far away. History wants to teach that the pursuit of happiness and wealth that had pushed the guys to cross the tunnel must be a propulsion for each of us in helping one another through volunteering.

The two appointments are a wonderful opportunity to take a relaxing break in the tranquility of Reggio’s nature being involved in ancient traditional festivals that represent a true breakthrough in the life of this area.