Autumn on Lake Garda is a season to discover and, above all, to taste. While indefatigable farmers harvest the agricultural bounty ripened by the summer sun, the lake serves as the backdrop of countless food festivals. In these warm and sunny days to be pleasantly enjoyed outdoors, it is possible to indulge one’s palate at the numerous food fairs that in September and October proudly showcase locally grown specialities.
Vineyards and wineries are stage to the spectacle of grape harvesting, in the olive groves farmers determine how long it will be before olives can be taken to the mill, in the woods mushrooms are ready to be plucked and truffles are ripened, while this long summer’s heat finally relents, setting free that pleasant evening breeze that tickles appetites made dormant by swelter.
In September, October and November, Lake Garda offers a calendar of events designed to showcase produce and dishes of a, no doubt, one-of-a-kind season for gourmands. It will be a triumph of autumnal flavours: truffles and porcini mushrooms, game, capers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, the new wine, the last lake sardines, and much more.
Proposals abound, from the Duck Festival held in Desenzano at the beginning of September, to the Valtenesi con Gusto event, a culinary tour of local restaurants. Salò awaits its visitors on the 15th September for ‘Salò in Tavola’; Padenghe on the 20th September for its ‘Padengolosa‘; Tignale on the 25th, 26th and 27th September for its mythical Truffle Festival; Toscolano hosts again a new edition of ‘Garda con gusto‘, which, after its spring program dedicated to lake fish, returns in its autumnal version to celebrate seasonal delicacies; and, San Michele di Gardone Riviera will host six weekends, in September, October and November, to acclaim mushrooms, rotisserie specialties and game.
In short, there are, many opportunities to enjoy the bold and genuine taste of the Garda autumn during events designed to showcase the most typical local produce and rediscover Lake Garda’s simple and traditional cuisine.