Chestnut Festival


For centuries the sweet chestnut was the most important staple food in Ticino. Even today the spiny fruit takes center stage at many festivals.

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“Castagnatas” (chestnut festivals) are celebrated throughout Ticino in October. The Chestnut Festival in Ascona is one of the most popular ones. Here you will find the golden brown chestnut in a variety of preparations: roasted chestnuts, marmalade, honey, fancy cakes, and ice cream, among other delicacies.

Take a stroll, accompanied by music, past the market booths and you will discover many other local culinary delights as well as arts and crafts.


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