LA VENARIA REALE ORTINFESTIVAL
Festival of Gardens & Gastronomy
By Lara Statham
La Venaria Reale (Reggia di Venaria), one of UNESCO’s magnificent World Heritage sites, is to host a brand new event this year: Ortinfestival is a festival of gardens and gastronomy and runs from 30th May – 2nd June at the Potager Royal in the spectacular grounds of La Venaria Reale. The Potager Royal was once cultivated by the farmers of the Royal House of Savoy in the 19th century, and is now run according to the principles of responsible farming and eco design – all of which will be stunningly reflected in the festival.
Ortinfestival will bring the tale of traditional and contemporary agriculture to life, where the story of the inextricable link between nature, the land, horticulture, gastronomy, creativity and design unfolds before your eyes. A range of local and exotic vegetables and other delicious food products will reflect the multicultural identity of our modern society with an impressive display of centuries old farming techniques and modern innovative methods – techniques that are used for the creation of outdoor and indoor gardens: urban, creative and social spaces, which shape the gastronomic scene the world over.
One of the highlights at Ortinfestival will be the Edible Garden offering a feast of ancient varieties of local vegetables, aromatic plants and herbs with even edible flowers used to decorate dishes in the preparation of both traditional and contemporary recipes. Top Italian and international chefs will be rustling up tasty dishes in cooking displays alongside workshops for visitors who will be able to practise their culinary skills. Food bloggers will also be on the lookout for tasty recipe tips. Of course, you will also need something to wash down all those appetising foods. There will be plenty of opportunity to sample wines and beers from Piedmont, Italy and around world. Tasting opportunities will never be far away and purchases can be made in the shopping area, which will also include garden accessories, plants and seeds for those inspired to try out their own gardening capabilities back home.
Guided tours, interactive workshops and cooking labs will also allow visitors to discover the secrets of the garden, gastronomy, wines and beers with live music performances and art exhibitions to create a really relaxed atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy. The main ticket office for entrance to the Reggia di Venaria is in via Mensa, 34 in the historic town centre of Venaria near to the Reggia.
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ORTINFESTIVAL is supported by Expo2015 and its Scientific Committee. Organised by Consorzio di Valorizzazione Culturale La Venaria Reale Event Designer & Art Director: Vittorio Castellani aka Chef Kumalè All photos: compliments of Ufficio Promozione – Promotion Dept.Consorzio di Valorizzazione Culturale La Venaria Reale