Turin’s Irish Festival
Come to the Green Side!
by Virginia De Faveri
Turin’s Irish Festival (Festival Irlandese)
For the first time Ireland arrives in Turin (Torino) with days of music, food and wine, markets and traditions of this magical country. If you missed the first dates of Turin’s Irish Festival held on the 11-12-13th of March in Lingotto Fiere, don’t worry, it will resume on the 17-20th with even more activities and fun to offer! What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s?!
Saint Patrick’s Day
March 17th is an important date for the Irish, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, the patron saint and protector of Ireland. According to some sources March 17th is the day on which St. Patrick died (416 AD), but according to the legend of the people, this is the day that St. Patrick drew his “cold stone” from the water. Substantially it corresponds to the day we consider as the end of winter and the beginning of the sowing of the fields.
Dances and songs, glee and gallons of delicious dark beer wrapped in an emerald green hug.
According to tradition St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by dressing partially or totally in green, consuming food and drink with green dyes: It’s no wonder why Ireland is called “Emerald Isle”!
Another typical symbol is the clover, used on clothes and hair as ornament or decoration in the celebrations. With this three leaved plant the Saint explained the mystery of the Blessed Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish. That’s right! St. Patrick’s Day, colloquially “St. Paddy’s Day “, was born in a Christian cradle, but today it’s the Irish national holiday.
The Irish festival lasts throughout the day, and usually includes a celebratory parade, while in the evening we toast in the typical Irish Pubs. For this reason, Turin’s Irish Festival opens its doors on this day to fully celebrate the Irish spirit!
Eat and drink – Irish Culinary Traditions
The Irish culinary tradition has changed over the centuries and, in fact, reflects the long history and rich culture of the people. In ancient times, Irish food consisted mainly of meat, dairy products and fish (anything that was obtained from breeding livestock and from fishing). The arrival of the Normans brought greater focus on agriculture and therefore the integration of vegetables became a tradition. The most common food is, however, the potato, whose arrival was a real revolution for the Irish people.
Irish dishes require particularly long cooking times and the most common cooking method is that of the “griddle”, which consists of using a large iron pot or an iron plate suspended on a stove or over coals. The most famous dish of Irish cuisine is “Irish stew”, or a stew of mutton with potatoes and onions. Mutton is the most consumed meat in Ireland, cooked in various ways, especially in “mutton broth” and “mutton stew”.
In Ireland, a lot of fish is consumed, both fresh and smoked. Some typical Irish dishes are “fish bake”, which is a dish that combines fish with various sauces (especially “white sauce”, a Bechamel sauce enriched with cheese) and “fish pie”, a pie enriched with fish, fried mushrooms and boiled eggs, covered with a “potato crust”.
There are many dishes with potato as the main ingredient: it is almost always simple preparations such as mashed potatoes with additions of various vegetables and butter or cream in large quantities. The “potato apple cake”, apple pie and potatoes, is also famous and tasty.
Do not miss the desserts that come from the ancient Celtic culture. The most famous are: the “Barmbrack”, bread with fruit, the “Plum Pudding”, pudding with sweets, the “Porter cake” a traditional fruit cake flavored with Porter, a dark Irish beer.
In Ireland there is a widespread tradition of afternoon tea and “scones”, butter biscuits that accompany the traditional Irish Coffee. Irish Coffee is one of the typical Irish drinks: long coffee, enriched with whiskey, brown sugar and fresh cream. And let’s not forget the beer! The symbol of Ireland: dark without bubbles, with a thick, soft foam, drunk everywhere by the Irish which accompanies all main meals.
What to do at Turin’s Irish Festival?
Here is a timetable and detailed list of the program for Turin’s Irish Festival from the 17th to the 20th of March:
|Thursday 17th||Friday 18th||Saturday 19th||Sunday 20th|
Shows and Concerts
Inside Lingotto they have set up two stages and various cultural areas where the following activities will take place during the day.
Conferences and Stages
|enchanted animals and shamanic in Celtic mythology and legends||The Little People: goblins and fairies.||The mystery of Merlin Wizard. (The circle)|
|20:00 to 21:00||Celtic and Irish: two different cultures or different sides of the same coin?||Create the “CELTIC TALISMAN”||Celtic goddesses of life and death.|
|21.00-23.00||Stage: Old wild west irish country dance and music||Stage: Lucy country dance||Stage: Reel dencers|
|13.00-14.00||Beer, wine and mead: from the past to our tables|
|14.00-15.00||Alban Eiler and other Celtic festivals, still celebrated today with other names|
|15.00-17.00||Stage: Reel dancers|
|17.00-19.00||Stage: Lucy country dance|
|19.00-20.00||Warriors and soldiers: art of war and warrior ideology|
|20:00 to 21:00||Soap, breeches and Nebiolo: the everyday heritage of the Celts|
|21.00-23.00||Stage: Old wild west irish country dance and music|
In the heart of the party stands a charming old Celtic encampment.
Here some of the traditional aspects of Ireland’s ancient people come to life through costumes, fittings and curtains. The characters will interact with the audience and will take on the preparation of foods and beverages such as mead and hippocras. There’s also archers and swordsmen one step away from the battle.
Anyone can participate in the life of the camp by equipping themselves with Irish historical costumes to contribute to its development.
Activities for children
Tickets for Turin’s Irish Festival (Festival Irlandese)
The ticket office and the entrance of the Festival can be found in Via Nizza 274, in the square outside the entrance of the 8 Gallery Lingotto mall.Here you can buy tickets before getting in, on the same days and opening times of the Festival.
- Full € 10 (adults and children over 10 years old)
- Reduce-priced 8 € (children between 5 and 10 years old, disabled companions)
- Free (children under 5 years old, disabled people with certified disabilities
With the addition of only 2 Euros you can not only participate in the Irish Festival, but also the Orient Festival (and its Holi Festival event) as well as the Health and Wellness Fair: from East to West.
How to get there
Reaching Lingotto Fiere is so easy that you can’t miss the opportunity to check out the Irish Festival. The best way is by metro (stop: Lingotto), but you can also call a taxi or arrive by car or bus.
For more info on Turin’s Irish Festival