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Local report: Oktoberfest Italian Style

By on 14th October 2016

Almost every country in the world has ripped of the traditional Italian cuisine for decades now. In every corner of the earth you can find pizza, spaghetti and other famous dishes from the booth-shaped country. But now the Italians copied something themselves. The city of Naples has organized their version of the Munich Oktoberfest for the first time. From last 5th to 9th of October, the Neapolitan and modern Directional Center hosted this typical German festival. Forum of Europe was there and found out, the event only has its name in common with the German version.

Italian cities, and Naples in particular, have always been known for their street food tradition. That’s why the Italian Oktoberfest focussed more on international and Italian food than on beer. Walking around the stands, an inebriating explosion of flavors and smells reaches you, accompanied by the smoke of roasted meat penetrating your nose. A delight for your stomach, also a pleasure for the eyes to see all those rivers of colored specialties everywhere!

There were typical Italian meals like: Ascoli olives, Umbrian ham, melted cheese on bread, truffles, Puglia mess and panzerotti, grilled meat, Neapolitan crocchè, Sicily’s arancini, and lots of sweets, like cream horns, almond paste, and many others. But the Italians have embraced the international cuisine too these days. There was Kebab, Greek pita, Argentine hamburger, Texan meat and the traditional German wurst with sauerkraut. All to be tasted by local foodies and like-minded tourists. – Story continues below

melted-cheese-800x480Caciocavallo Impiccato or something with hanged cheese in English | Photo: Gemma Delle Cave

No lederhosen were to be found in Naples, but that didn’t mean beer wasn’t the focal point of this festival though. There were local and international ones, like Berliner Weisse, Hofbräuhaus, Belgian beer and Bière Blanche. Brews for connaisseurs! And everything of this well mixed with music and local shows to amuse the inhabitants and lots of tourists, who visited the city in these days.

The event was hosted at the Directional Center, instead of Naples’ charming central area. A more peripheral location with great skyscrapers that function as offices for the most part. So, you can understand it is not so popular as an entertainment place, especially during the evening. Nevertheless, this has been a perfect opportunity for local institutions to show even a place outside the center can offer so much to people.

In fact, all the culinary events always achieve great approval among populations, even in terms of money for a city, that’s why it is necessary to valorize these more hidden areas, as the Naples’ assessor Enrico Panini said in an interview. Eventually Neapolitan Oktoberfest had a really great success, not only for the big crowd registered at the event, but thanks to the food quality and the affordable prices too. And, in addition to that, by hosting expositions like this, Naples lets us understand it’s becoming more and more international and opened to different culture, and nowadays with lots of terrible news we hear it’s a little hope for us.

stand-800x480Various food stands surrounded by office buildings| Photo: Gemma Delle Cave

 

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