Feste Vigiliane

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Preparing polenta

I was lucky to see at least one day of the Feste Vigiliane of Trento. This is a very traditional festival held for ages in honor of St. Vigilus, the city patron. There was pouring rain during the morning, but by the evening it had cleared out. The festival started with the traditional preparation of polenta, some sort of flour dough cooked in large vessels. I had tried it before as my argentinian friends had cooked it for me once. The "peasants" were also preparing formaggio, and invited children to see every step of the process.

In the main stage, a play took place resembling the post-reinassance clash of the nobility vs the mob. Actually the play wasn't good at all, lol, it looked very improvised, but the costumes were cool. A small parade took place after that, and the "madrina" of the festival was crowned.

Polenta, formaggio and beer! Now, that's a deal!
I honestly thought there were much more beautiful women in the contest than the girl who was elected as "madrina", but maybe this wasn't a beauty contest.

We all ate polenta and cheese after that, you could get a free plate if you were able to fight against the starving crowd. The polenta was ok, not my favorite dish, but when it's free it tastes better. There was also free beer, so I thought that was a deal!

Right after the festival I went to a Mexican restaurant to see the World Cup game Mexico-France. The plate I had was some Chile con Carne that looked pretty Tex-Mex. I was so excited to see Mexico win 2-0! Fortunately most of the people in the restaurant supported Mexico and we all had some Corona beer to celebrate! ¡Viva México!

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Preparing polenta
Preparing polenta
Polenta, formaggio and beer! Now, …
Polenta, formaggio and beer! Now,…
The ad of the Feste Vigiliane
The ad of the Feste Vigiliane
Program for Thursday
Program for Thursday
Piazza Duomo, where most of the fe…
Piazza Duomo, where most of the f…
Preparing polenta
Preparing polenta
Preparing polenta
Preparing polenta
Preparing polenta
Preparing polenta
The play... it was very bad actual…
The play... it was very bad actua…
Peasant women preparing bread with…
Peasant women preparing bread wit…
Showing children how to prepare fo…
Showing children how to prepare f…
The festival flag
The festival flag
The festival flag
The festival flag
Banner show
Banner show
Banner show
Banner show
Banner show
Banner show
Some drumming
Some drumming
Banner show
Banner show
The nobility
The nobility
More nobility
More nobility
More banners
More banners
Parade
Parade
Parade
Parade
Nobility
Nobility
Peasants
Peasants
Carrying the queen
Carrying the queen
The set of actors
The set of actors
Free meal
Free meal
Free meal
Free meal
Me after having seized my polenta
Me after having seized my polenta
Polenta and formaggio
Polenta and formaggio
Trento
photo by: tonygiglio