National Sweets Festival

From 3 to 5 December the National Sweets Festival

From Cake Design to the lessons of the Sweet Academy, from the typical regional sweets to the Sweet Show: there are many appointments in the new edition of “Dolci d’Italia – Festival Nazionale dei Dolci” that returns to Spoleto from 3 to 5 December. A long-awaited appointment after the great success of the 2019 edition. Last year the event was canceled due to health restrictions and for this reason the wait is even greater, as evidenced by the many bookings that have been arriving for days on the event website.

The three-day event was presented on Thursday 25 November in the Sala dello Spagna of the Palazzo Comunale in Spoleto in the presence of the organisers and the institutions that have contributed to this new edition. “It is great to be here in Spoleto again and to announce an exceptional event like Dolci d’Italia. This year, because of the pandemic, everything was more complex, but in the end we have set up a really interesting programme – underlined Aldo Amoni, president of Epta Confcommercio -, obviously the attention to safety will be very high, with hygiene and health protocols that will be shared with the Institutions and the obligation of green passes to access the locations”. Amoni also looked to the future, addressing Spoleto’s administration directly: “Epta wants to bet on Spoleto for the next few years too, so we need the Municipality’s support, including financial support, to invest in the growth of the event, which this year, unfortunately, is paying the price for the negative consequences of Covid”. The Mayor of Spoleto, Andrea Sisti, responded promptly, reiterating the need for long-term planning of the city’s events: “We must also think of the future citizens of this city and to do this we want to create a structured annual schedule of events with an eye to sustainability, only in this way can we think in perspective and make the right contribution to all the initiatives”.

The president of Confcommercio Spoleto, Tommaso Barbanera, stressed the importance of the event, which has also attracted the support of many traders in the ducal city: about 40 businesses will contribute with discounts and typical sweets offered to visitors. Pietro Bellini, president of the Gal Valle Umbra and Sibillini, emphasised the support that the Gal itself has been giving for some time to the promotion initiatives and announced that the Regione Umbria would be providing one million euro in further support for the activities of local authorities.

Dolci d’Italia will also be a space for information and education of citizens with the stand of the Customs and Monopolies Agency. Dr. Angela Bruno explained that a corner point will be set up where seized counterfeit products will be shown, slot machines will be used to explain how to fight illegal gambling and two chemists specialised in testing oil, wheat and fuels will try to show the city’s schools already booked for a visit, how to discover counterfeit and poor quality products.

As far as the programme is concerned, there are many new features: first of all, more exhibition space, numerous cooking shows, a conference on the relationship between sweets, wellbeing and transgression, and much more. Looking at the events, at the Chiostro di San Nicolò there will be the Sweet Show area with artisan sweets, the Home Sweet Home area with furnishings to make your home sweeter, the Sweet Academy area with a school run by renowned Pastry Chefs, the Piccoli pasticceri crescono area for children, the Vini&Co area, the Festival Café with sweet temptations accompanied by drinks and coffee and the Cake Design Lab area for creating your own decorations. In Piazza Garibaldi the best street food will be on offer with Good Street Good, while the Sala degli Ori and the rooms in Via Visiale will be offering typical regional sweets. Finally, there will be Sweet Shopping, with lots of discounts in the city’s commercial activities that have joined the event.

“We have prepared a programme full of goodness, delicious events and a lot of culture of Italian confectionery cuisine that we want to promote,” concluded Amoni. “It will also be an opportunity to relaunch Spoleto: we expect many visitors and tourists during these three days where important guests will also arrive and there will be exciting musical spaces. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ‘Giancarlo De Cataldo’ Hotelier Institute of Spoleto, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Spoleto, the City Administration, and the Mina and Cesare Micheli Foundation for their collaboration.”
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