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As promised after Beer Food at the Castello Visconteo in Pavia, we couldn’t miss out on Pavia Wine the following sunday.

It was boiling hot, not the organiser’s fault although let’s face it May would have probably provided better weather for tasting full bodied reds. Unlike Beer Food the event took place in covered first floor of the castle beautiful, but not very breezy.

Also unlike Beer Food there was absolutely nothing to eat! Now I know that if you are a proper wine connoisseur you are very likely to do that spitting into a bucket thing instead of drinking the wine, but this was not the tone of the event. Even the sommerlier seemed rather (very) drunk. Every 15 minutes some salame from Varzi was brought out only to disappear within seconds as the ravenous crowds swept in.

Most of the local wine producers were there, with some new names we didn’t know although the usual favourites are Giorgi, La Versa and Mazzolino. A lighter Buttafuoco was a nice surprise.

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It’s not every week that something is going on in Pavia, but now it almost is with Beer Food just gone and Pavia Wine coming up on Sunday 3rd June (www.paviawine.it)

Beer Food felt had the festival feeling nailed-it even rained! Admittedly we managed to stave off the downpour and only get a few drops, but it just added to the grungy barbecue feeling of it all.

So, Beer Food was set up by an association called ‘Amici della Birra’ to promote specialty beers. They managed to nab a top venue- the inner court of the castle at Pavia and charging only 3EUR for entry they had it packed pretty soon.

Various stands offered barbecued meat, sandwhiches and chips as well as focaccia, farinata (ligurian focaccia made with chickpea flour) and a whole load of highly caloric comfort food.

Assortments of cold meats

Classic festival food 

A find: Il Giusto Gusto, a sandwhich chain present in various places including Piacenza

‘Plin’ special ravioli from the Langhe area in Piedmont

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