13th National Gathering of Italian Polenta makers

The following is one of the most important of the summer events in the Barga area: the 13th National gathering of Italian Polenta makers will take place in Fornaci, Barga and Filecchio. The gathering kicks off on the afternoon of the  17th June when the delegates from various associations arrive from all over Italy. However the most interesting day will be Saturday 18th June when, after the Town Hall welcomes them all at 4.30pm, the 17 delegations of polenta makers will put on an exhibition of regional delicacies. Their stands will be in almost every square in the Old town of Barga where they will demonstrate their own speciality of Polenta until late evening.

Excellent food but also so many other events of great interest to make this a truly unique occasion: every corner of Barga will come alive with musicians and artisan markets; during the evening an enchanting display of bright lanterns will take place from the Duomo. There will also be a demonstration at Il Teatro dei Differenti by the well known Television chef Claudio Menconi, while, as the day comes to a close, there will be a Fireworks Display from the Piazzale del Fosso. On the morning of Sunday 19th, there will be a procession in traditional costume along the streets of Fornaci, and an acrobatic exhibition of flag wavers from Gallicano in Piazza IV novembre.

Filecchio - Barga - Fornaci

Conservatorio di Santa Elisabetta (Via del Pretorio)

17, 18 e 19 June

free entrance

342 8892055



16,30 Mayor of Barga meets the Delegations.
from 20 onwards Demonstrations of regional Polenta making along the streets of the historical centre of Barga with tastings of Polenta accompanied by various traditional delicacies.
21 Demonstration by the well-known TV chef Claudio Menconi at  Il Teatro dei Differenti.
23 Firework display in collaboration with Diego Bertoli’s firm from Piano di Gioviano, who specialises in this area.


9 Procession of the delegation in traditional costumes through the streets of Fornaci and exhibitions of the Gallicano flag wavers in Piazza IV Novembre.