In the old town of Sarsina, on the two Sundays before Easter, the most important Spring festival in Romagna has been held for almost four decades: the Sagra della Pagnotta - The Easter Bread Feast.
The feast celebrates one of the most original desserts of Romagna cuisine, typical of the Savio Valley and, in a very special way, of Sarsina.
In this 38th edition of Sagra della Pagnotta there will also be stands with other typical products of the area, both in gastronomy and craftsmanship.
Also scheduled are the Magna Pagnotta Competition (guess the weight of the loaf!), the Homemade Loaf Competition (the public will choose the best loaf). And again: free guided tours of the National Archaeological Museum at 10.00 and 15.30 (entrance fee on 26 March, free on 2 April) and entertainment for children. Music in the afternoon with DJ set followed by a street concert by Sarsina Band.
The Pagnotta is of ancient origins and, like many similar preparations, it was once nothing more than a sweetened bread, often enriched with some raisins, a specialty never lacking in peasant homes.
It was tradition to start Easter day with a hearty breakfast to be eaten all together as a family, with this very special "bread", accompanied by blessed eggs, homemade salami and Sangiovese red wine.