Due to its superb climate and geographical conditions, the agricultural products in Veneto area are famous and well appreciated all over Italy. The radicchio of Treviso, the Porcini mushrooms and white truffles in the mountain area, the white asparagus of Bassano del Grappa, and various kinds of cherries around Marostica are just few examples. There’re different tastes for different season. How lucky I am to come and live in this area.
I’m always looking forward to the coming of cherry season. Cherry has always been my favorite fruit. When I just arrived in Vicenza, I was so excited to know that this is the cherry production area. Famous cherry places in Vicenza province are around half hour driving from home. Therefore, we often visit cherry fair savoring cherries every weekend during May and June every year.
The important events of cherry fairs are always held in Sunday mornings, so as to attract visitors. The so-called important events are often group activities such as award ceremonies for the best production of the year or the exhibitions for selected cherries from every farm. We’re used to see shimmering piles of cherries in the market. When it comes to cherry fair, selected and perfect cherries arranged neat and tidy in boxes are a sight rarely seen.
The award ceremonies are of course about various kinds of rewards and prizes for farmers. After the ceremony, the exhibition area will be open for visit, and then comes the auction. The cherries exhibited are put to auction, and the price is for sure higher than what we can find in the market. These cherries are of course more beautiful. But do they actually taste nicer? That’s a question I can’t really answer…
I like going to cherry fair not only for sightseeing, but also for satisfying my tummy. There’s always an open-air market around with lots of stands selling clothes, toys and food, but the fruit stands sell only cherries. When we’re there, we can’t really take consideration of the so-called “image”. We always get at least a kilo of cherries to be tasted immediately when we walk around and get a mouth of “red teeth” not long after. My mouth is always full, but I always have to be careful because Michele is always taking photos. Around noon, the exhibition area is transformed into lunch area, selling typical dishes that one can find in a town festival. However, the smell of BBQ and the fresh beer can’t really raise my appetite. I’m too concentrated on calculating how many kilos of cherries I should bring back home!
It’s a norm that we buy more than ten kilos of cherries in the fair, and we always find cherries rolling around in the car when we arrive home. At the beginning, our friends are surprised of the quantity we buy, because cherries can’t stay long after they’re picked from cherry trees. The durability is even shorter in June for the rising temperature. However, they didn’t know that apart from bringing some for Michele’s parents, we finish almost ten kilos of cherries in three days. We both love cherries, and it’s common that each of us consume more than a kilo a day. This year I wanted to try something new. I was thinking to make cherry jam so that they will probably survive longer. After Michele got to know my plan, he started to tease me! “Are you sure these cherries will survive until you make them into cherry jam?” The nickname “cherry glutton” doesn’t come for nothing!!
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